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John Casken, PhD, MPH, RN

Associate Specialist

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 442
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-5750
Fax: 808-956-3257

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Prior to serving in the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Dr. Casken served in the former School of Public Health at the University of Hawaii where, in addition to a regular instructional program , he also ran a very successful program for the recruitment of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the School’s MPH Program. Dr. Casken’s involvement in the health issues of American Indians was developed during the five years he spent on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota after earning his MPH. In the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Dr. Casken concentrates on rural /community health and the health issues of Native Hawaiians. He is especially interested in how these seemingly innocuous issues become so politicized. He is very active in the Advanced Public Health Nursing specialization. Nationally Dr. Casken serves on the Board of ETR Associates, on the Board of the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Research and Education and also on the Board of the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus of the American Public Health Association. In 2000 Dr. Casken was awarded the UH Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching.


PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
MPH, University of Hawaii at Manoa
AS, Santa Barbara City College
MA, University of California Santa Barbara
Certificate in Teaching, University of Wales-Swansea
BS, University of Wales-Swansea

Clinical Practice

Community Health, Public Health, Disaster Preparedness, Health Management, and Rural Health

Teaching Focus

Advanced Practice Community Public Health Nursing , Health Policy and Politics, Disaster Management, Rural Health practice

Research Focus

Health problems of the indigenous peoples of the United States

Recent Publications

Casken, J. (2009). “Pacific Islander health and disease: an overview of the issues.” In R.M. Huff and M.V. Kline (eds) Promoting health in multicultural populations. A Handbook for Practitioners. 2nd ed. Sage Publications.

Funded Grants

Pacific Public Health Training Center Grant
Funded for August 2005 to August 2010 for $215,500
Co-Principal Investigator

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