Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

The Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (DQHS) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) promotes clinical and translational research, education, and related services through collaboration and innovation in areas of quantitative health sciences. The department strives to improve population and individual health by transforming health care through quantitative health methodological development; training and empowering the next generation of clinical and translational researchers in state-of-the-art quantitative health research techniques; and fostering interaction and collaboration with researchers across the Hawaiʻi healthcare community. DQHS houses the Master of Science in Quantitative Health and Clinical Research (MSQHCR) graduate program, the Bioinformatics Core Facility, and the Biostatistics Core Facility, and provide quantitative expertise and support to multiple institutional infrastructure grants, including Ola HAWAIʻI and INBRE.

Graduate Programs

The graduate program provides the option to pursue the Clinical Research (CR) track or the Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) track, both leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree in Quantitative Health and Clinical Research. This is a unique program offered in Hawaiʻi for individuals interested in pursuing research and research support careers in academia, government laboratories, healthcare organizations, and pharmaceutical companies.

Students enrolled in the CR track focus on study methods to investigate clinical research topics and develop the ability to apply ethical principles to safeguard human participants in clinical trials. The QHS track teaches the fundamentals of biostatistics and bioinformatics, and mastery of scientific principles and methodologies underlying basic science and clinical research methods.

The graduate program also offers a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research, which can be completed in one year and is ideal for gap-year students, medical trainees, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and other health professionals with an interest in developing their skills for collaborative research. Students will gain knowledge of clinical research and trial design, clinical research protocol development, ethical conduct of clinical research, and the skill of statistical data analysis.

By providing high-quality training, the program aims to increase the critical mass of clinical research at UH, including its minority investigators. Prospective students include junior faculty, fellows, residents, and other students from health sciences, natural sciences, mathematical and physical sciences.

Biostatistics Core Facility

In their mission to promote excellence and reproducible research, the Biostatistics Core Facility provides high quality, efficient and reliable biostatistical research collaboration and support services to basic science, clinical and translational, and community-based investigators. The core specializes in statistical research design, data management and data analysis, participates in grant proposal development, conducts methodology research, and provides education and training in biostatistics and other related areas.

Bioinformatics Core Facility

The Bioinformatics Core Facility serves as a centralized resource for providing expert and timely bioinformatics consulting, analysis, collaborative research, management, and training solutions for high-throughput data. The core provides high-level expertise in bioinformatics, ensuring the support needed to design, conduct, analyze, interpret, and manage results requiring or facilitated by informatics applications. The Bioinformatics Core Facility aims to serve as an infrastructure resource that enables the application of strong bioinformatics solutions with a measurable impact on the ability of JABSOM and UH investigators to both publish their work and obtain new funding.

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
651 Ilalo Street
Medical Education Building, Suite 411
Honolulu, HI 96813

Telephone: (808) 692-1840

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