Masters and PhD Programs

Our graduate programs offer MS and PhD training in speech language pathology and several biomedical sciences disciplines including: cell and molecular biologyclinical research, developmental and reproductive biology, and tropical medicine. In addition to graduate programs focusing on a single discipline, an interdisciplinary graduate program is offered in Neuroscience.

Graduate faculty from the School of Medicine as well as several cooperating institutions including the Cancer Center of Hawai’i and the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, are involved in a wide range of research projects, from the molecular processes involved in embryo formation to the antioxidant properties of trace elements that may play a role in aging and disease susceptibility.

Certain programs provide research and training addressing health disparities in Asian and Pacific Islander populations. Research is carried out in the state-of-the-art BioScience Building located at the School of Medicine’s Kaka’ako facilty which has received national recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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Cell and Molecular Biology
The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences provides an integrated course of study for students seeking a PhD or MS degree in health-related research that emphasizes the increasingly powerful techniques and approaches of cell and molecular biology. Participating faculty members are drawn from across the campus: they come from the Basic and Clinical Sciences Departments of the Medical School, the Cancer Research Center, The Pacific Biomedical Research Center, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Tropical Agriculture.

Contacts: M. Berry, PhD |mberry@hawaii.edu or M. Gerschenson, PhD | gerschen@hawaii.edu

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/cmb/CMB/Home.html


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Clinical Research
Consistent with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) emphasis on the reduction and elimination of health disparities, the Clinical Research curriculum will provide high quality training for doctoral and postdoctoral candidates in order to increase the critical mass of clinical researchers, including minority investigators, at UH. The MS in biomedical science will also function as a supportive mechanism for newly trained investigators, actively facilitating career development and encouraging research collaborations, particularly those related to health disparities research.

Contact: Beatriz L. Rodriguez, MD, PhD | brodrigu@hawaii.edu

Website: http://mscr.hawaii.edu/mscr-program/


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Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a two-year, full-time Master’s of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology (SLP). This Master’s degree fulfills the academic and clinical requirements established by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP. The program has an emphasis on evidence-based-practice, and provides extensive clinical education and research training. Students develop their skills while providing therapy to a wide range of clients across the lifespan through the UH Speech and Hearing Clinic as well as off-site clinical placements. Students are supervised and taught by experienced faculty who have specialties across the SLP scope of practice. Students will receive a unique experience to develop their skills while working in the culturally-rich and multilingual community of Hawaiʻi.

Contact: H. Lew, MD | uhmcsd@hawaii.edu

Website: manoa.hawaii.edu/csd


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Developmental and Reproductive Biology
In August 2009, the name of the Graduate Program in Physiology was changed to the Graduate Program in Developmental and Reproductive Biology (DRB) with a consequent shift in the focus of the program. The major reason for this change was to provide students with the opportunity to participate more fully in the state-of-the-art research program that has developed during the last nine years at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in the newly formed Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR). Many significant discoveries relating to developmental and reproductive biology have been made by scientists in this institute. The new DRB program will continue to offer students a wide variety of course work that will allow them to choose many different career options after completing their degrees. More importantly, it will add greater opportunities for those interested in research. Both the graduate program and the IBR are housed in the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology.

Contact: Y. Marikawa, PhD | marikawa@hawaii.edu

Website: http://www3.jabsom.hawaii.edu/Grad_DRB/index.html


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Tropical Medicine
The Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology offers graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Tropical Medicine). Faculty conduct extensive research on pathogenic microorganisms and the diseases they cause using laboratory-based, field-based and clinic-based techniques. The department is one of the few academic departments in the United States that offers learning opportunities in virology, bacteriology, parasitology,entomology, immunology, epidemiology, ecology, and evolution of infectious diseases.

Contact: S. Chang, PhD | sandrac@hawaii.edu

Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/tropicalmedicine/


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Neuroscience
The Neurosciences has been one of the fastest growing research areas over the last 30 years. The last eight years have seen significant advances in Neuroscience research at UH Manoa, with substantial Specialized Neuroscience Research Program (SNRP) NIH funding plus considerable additional NIH funding generated by the Neuroimaging group and significant funding for Neuroscience at QMC, PHRI and other Hawaii institutions that all lack graduate level research training programs. This rapid research expansion needs the support that can only be provided by dedicated students at both predoctoral and postdoctoral levels with effective training in Neuroscience. The new Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program provides a point of focus for training of research Neuroscientists at UH Manoa and throughout this community.

Contact: R. Nichols, PhD |robert.nichols@hawaii.edu

Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/neurosciences/index.html