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Global Health and Population Studies

Office of Public Health Studies
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Biomedical Sciences D104B
1960 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-9023
Fax: (808) 956-6041
Email: globhlth@hawaii.edu
Web: www.hawaii.edu/publichealth/ghaps/index.html

Graduate Faculty

D. V. Canyon, PhD, MPH, DBA (Director)—public health sciences
T. Brown, PhD—senior fellow, East West Center
J. Chen, PhD—senior fellow, East West Center
M. K. Choe, PhD—senior fellow, East West Center
T. Halliday, PhD—economics
S. J. La Croix, PhD—economics
H. R. Lee, PhD—communicology
S. H. Lee, PhD—economics
Y. J. Lee, PhD—sociology
J. Maddock, PhD—public health sciences
A. Mason, PhD—economics
C. Stephenson, PhD—political sciences
W. Zhang, PhD—sociology

Certificate Offered: Graduate Certificate in Global Health and Population Studies.

Program Purpose and Goals

Purpose: To promote population health, safety, and well-being at local and global levels by enhancing the global health competence of students in the program.

Goals: To prepare students to work with diverse populations in rapidly evolving environments that present both geographical and cultural challenges. To provide students with a program that supplements their degree and which is essential for a career in health sectors where real-world problems necessitate holistic and integrative approaches. Knowledge and skills imparted by the program provide an awareness of transnational global health conditions, problems and solutions in developing and developed nations. The development of transdisciplinary knowledge and skills are emphasized, which are increasingly needed to address contemporary global health challenges that often blur the boundaries of academic disciplines.


UH Manoa offers this interdisciplinary program leading to the graduate certificate in global health and population studies (GHPS). First established in 1969 as a graduate certificate program in population studies, the program has subsequently undergone modifications in 2009 to incorporate the component of global health in its name and curriculum. In 2012, the program adopted a national global health competency framework developed by the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Global Health is *an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care. It is distinguished from public health due to the inclusion of individual care, and from international health, which refers to population health in developing or low-income countries and is typically limited to infectious disease, nutrition, child health, reproductive (maternal) health, water, shelter, sanitation, and aging, mental health, and culture. Global health has emerged as a transdisciplinary, transboundary and more inclusive concept that focuses on social, biological, and environmental causal factors to better understand the interrelated mechanisms that underlie global health problems. Health challenges typically associated with global change include the cultural, economic, political, and environmental aspects of health disparities; shifts in the global burden of illness; emerging and resurging infectious diseases; climate change consequences that affect the health of vulnerable populations; and the health implications of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss.

The program benefits from the central geographic location of UH Manoa, the extraordinary cultural and biological diversity of Hawai'i, and the history and issues that Hawai'i shares with the Asia-Pacific region.

*ASPH. 2011. Global health competency model, Ver 1.1. Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington DC.

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health and Population Studies consists of 15 credits of course work. To remain eligible for further graduate work and to be awarded the graduate certificate, students must have a B average or 3.0 GPA for all courses numbered 300-498 and 600 and above taken as a classified graduate student. The program structure follows:

Course Description Credits
Core GHPS/PH 652 Interdisciplinary Seminar 1
GHPS/PH 677 Global Health Management 3
GHPS/PH 690 Global Health Challenges 3

Capstone project
The capstone may be completed as a standalone entity with no credit, or students may enroll in GHPS 699 Directed Reading and Research for up
to 3 credits that will be counted towards the

Electives PH 765 Program Evaluation is highly recommended. Courses numbered 600 or above that are relevant to the program. The program director may accept up to 3 credits of 400-level courses. 5-8

GHPS Courses