Quantitative Health Sciences

The Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) hosts two JABSOM quantitative health sciences core facilities: Bioinformatics Core Facility and Biostatistics Core Facility. QHS offers courses in research design, bioinformatics and biostatistics, and other quantitative health sciences areas. Department faculty and staff provide quantitative expertise and support to multiple institutional infrastructure grants, including Ola HAWAII and INBRE.

Graduate Study

A graduate program leading to the MS in biomedical sciences is offered, with an emphasis of clinical research for clinicians, researchers, educators, and consumers. Clinical research is the study of methods used to investigate clinical problems in medicine. Available in Plan A (thesis), the program requires a combination of course work and original research, the latter forming the basis of the master’s thesis.

Students enrolled in the program acquire skills in biostatistics and epidemiology, and master the scientific principles that underlie clinical research methods. They develop the ability to identify and resolve ethical issues in clinical research, to ensure the safeguarding of human subjects, and to understand the workings of Institutional Review Boards and other relevant requirements. In addition, students increase their capacity in obtaining research funding from agencies such as the National Institute of Health.

In addition to offering knowledge and skills needed for careers in clinical research, the program functions a supportive mechanism for newly trained investigators, actively facilitating career development and encouraging research collaborations, particularly those related to research health disparities. By providing high quality training to doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, the program aims to increase the mass of clinical research at UH Mānoa, including minority investigators. Targeting junior faculty, fellows, residents, and doctoral candidates from biomedical sciences, nursing, social work, psychology and public health, the interdisciplinary nature of the program broadens students’ perspectives and increases opportunities for innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborations in clinical research.

Graduates of the program pursue teaching careers in academia, as well as research careers in academia, government laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, some graduates find employment in hospitals or private businesses.
Department Contact:
Quantitative Health Sciences
651 Ilalo Street
Medical Education Building, Suite 411
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 692-1840

Link: qhs.jabsom.hawaii.edu