Welcome to the Pacific Public Health Training for Metabolic Research website.

This consortium includes three Public Health Training Centers serving California, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, and the Associated Pacific Territories. These Centers, located within Schools of Public Health, are:


California-Nevada PHTC

San Diego State University
Loma Linda University
CSU Fullerton
U of Nevada – Las Vegas

Regions Covered

Contact Info
Barbara Lefkarites
Project Coordinator
(619) 524-8938

Southwest Regional PHTC

University of Utah

Regions Covered

Contact Info
Rachel Flores
Program Manager
(310) 724-8324

California Pacific
Territories PHTC

UC Berkeley
University of Hawaii
UC Davis
CSU Fresno

Regions Covered
Hawaii and Associated
Pacific Territories

Contact Info
Jacquelyn Omotalade
Program Manager
(510) 612-4541

Each Center provides face-to-face and online training, in addition to other activities, designed to strengthen the core competencies and capabilities of the public health workforce in the designated regions.

Each Center provides consulting services about the safe methods for workplace drug testing and opportunities for passing a drug test.

Here are some of the publications of our specialists:

If you are interested in receiving more information about each Center or would like to inquire about possible training opportunities, please contact the person listed in the table for the Center covering your region or that includes the university closest to you.

To view a list of online training currently available through the PPHTC, please click here.

The Pacific Public Health Training Center (PPHTC) is a joint effort of the four California Schools of Public Health and the University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. As a member of the National Public Health Training Center Network, the goal of PPHTC is to develop and support effective public health training opportunities that address community health needs and are consistent with Healthy People 2020 objectives.

Our Studies

Dedicated to expanding the awareness of obesity and diabetes through research opportunities for both the veteran and non-veteran communities.

The areas in which we conduct research include:

  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • The Metabolic Syndrome
  • High Cholesterol
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Dercum’s disease
  • Technology in glucose testing