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.