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Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Public Health

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) at HPU is a flexible degree program that prepares students for entry-level careers in health and wellness industries focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, program management, scientific research, and community health services. Core courses include personal and public health, human diseases and conditions, epidemiology, sexual and reproductive health, drugs and society, comparative healthcare systems, health behavior theory, research methods, health policy analysis, program planning and evaluation, and environmental and global health.

BSPH students culminate with two practicum courses involving over 120 hours of internship with direct supervision and mentorship from internationally-renowed faculty, professional practitioners, and researchers. Our BSPH graduates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to easily secure competitive job opportunities in various workplaces including government agencies, community health organizations, school systems, research institutions, private healthcare facilities, and corporate settings--locally, nationally, and internationally. BSPH graduates are also strongly prepared for pursuing advanced degrees including the Master of Public Health (MPH), allied health professions, and masters-entry level nursing programs.

Admission requirements

  • Online Application
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

  • Introduction to Personal Health
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Research, Argument, & Writing
  • Nutrition: Eat Smarter
  • Anatony & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Drugs & Society
  • Human Diseases & Conditions
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems
  • Culture & Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Sexuality in Health & Society
  • Health Behavior Theory & Program Planning
  • Global Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health Communication
  • Special Topics in Public Health
  • Health Policy Analysis
  • Pre-Practicum
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Practicum
  • Public Health Capstone Seminar

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


Students who major in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health will:

  1. Integrate knowledge from general education courses and biological, physical, social and health sciences to synthesize skills in computing, speaking, writing and analysis, research, and critical thinking in daily tasks and activities related to public health practices.
  2. Apply acquired knowledge and communication skills to work effectively individually and in teams toward accomplishing goals in public health.
  3. Apply knowledge of public health issues and cultural competency and the impact of cultural values and ethnicity on understanding health and illness, wellness management and the utilization of public health services to improve population health.
  4. Analyze current Federal and State health legislation, regulations, and standards, and their effect on public health professional practice.
  5. Evaluate population-based data and patterns of morbidity and mortality using epidemiological methods.
  6. Analyze health-related theories that drive health-behavior change interventions and programs.
  7. Utilize scientific research methods to evaluate efficacy of health promotion, wellness management and disease prevention programs.

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About this institute

Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. HPU is home to over 4,000 students from all 50 states and over 65 countries around the world. Our campuses are unique, with the excitement...

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Why study at Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. We are home to over 4,000 students from all 50 states and over 65 countries around the world. Our campuses are exquisitely unique. HPU combines the excitement of an urban campus located in downtown Honolulu with the serenity of a campus set in the green foothills of the Ko‘olau mountains and an Oceanic Institute bordering the Pacific Ocean. All three are less than a 30 minute drive from the infamous Waikiki.

Our curriculum, which builds on our diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives, emphasizes on rigorous intellectual engagement and social responsibility. The hands-on learning approach in combination with small class sizes and an inspiring teaching faculty ensure that students get the most of their studies.

All that combined is what makes HPU a one-of-a-kind destination.

Contact info

Hawai'i Pacific University

1 Aloha Tower Drive
96813 Honolulu Hawaii
United States of America

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