Master of Science in Quantitative Health and Clinical Research Graduate Program

     

The Master of Science in Quantitative Health and Clinical Research (MSQHCR) program is currently offered with two tracks, both available in either Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (capstone project option):

  1. Clinical Research (CR) Track
  2. Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) Track

The CR track focuses on the study of methods suitable to investigate clinical research topics. Students will develop the ability to conduct clinical research, understand and apply ethical principles ensuring the protection of human study participants, and learn about the purpose and operations of Institutional Review Boards, and relevant federal regulations and requirements. Potential careers fields in this track include physician researcher, clinical research coordinator, regulatory coordinator, clinical trial manager, study monitor and compliance officer.

The QHS track is designed to help meet the critical need of quantitative health scientists in the healthcare workforce of Hawai’i, the Pacific region, and globally. The QHS track contributes to a field that requires specific analytic skills. Students learn research design and advanced data analysis skills and tools, including large data analytic approaches, for health science research and research design. They will master the scientific principles and methodologies that underlie basic science, and clinical and translational research methods. The QHS track will prepare them for future careers in areas such as biostatistics, bioinformatics, healthcare data analysis, and clinical outcomes analysis.

 

Regular Graduate Faculty

Hyeong Jun Ahn, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
Email: hjahn@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1822

 

Amy Brown, Ph.D. | Professor
Email: amybrown@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-0907

 

John Chen, Ph.D. | Professor and Chair; Director, Biostatistics Core Facility
Email: jjchen@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1814

 

James Davis, Ph.D., M.S. | Associate Professor
Email: jamesdav@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1806

 

Youping Deng, Ph.D. | Professor and Director, Bioinformatics Core Facility
Email: dengy@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1664

 

Vedbar Khadka, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
Email: vedbar@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1462

 

Eunjung Lim, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair, MSQHCR
Email: lime@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1817

 

Chathura Siriwardhana, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
Email: cksiri@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1487

 

Munirih Taafaki, M.S., C.C.R.P. | Junior Specialist, Department and Graduate Program Administrator
Email: mtaafaki@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1812

 

Cooperating Graduate Faculty

Jared Acoba, M.D. Cancer Center Research Interests: Gastrointestinal cancers

 

Marla Berry, Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology Research Interests: Selenoproteins, antioxidants and human diseases

 

William Boisvert, Ph.D. Medicine Research Interests: Cardiovascular research

 

Victoria Fan, Sc.D. Social Work and Public Health Research Interests: Health systems and policy, analytics and data science, social determinants

 

Mariana Gerschenson, Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology Research Interests: Mitochondrial medicine, metabolic and neurological diseases

 

Jerris Hedges, M.D. Dean's Office Research Interests: Medical education, emergency medicine

 

Brenda Hernandez, Ph.D. Cancer Center Research Interests: HPV-induced carcinogenesis, ethnic disparities in cancers

 

Claire Townsend Ing, Ph.D. Native Hawaiian Health Research Interests: Social determinants of health disparities, CBPR

 

Lynn Iwamoto, M.D. Pediatrics Research Interests: Pediatrics

 

Joseph Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, Ph.D. Native Hawaiian Health Research Interests: Native Hawaiian Health

 

Bliss Kaneshiro, M.D. Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Research Interests: Unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use

 

Alan Katz, Ph.D. Public Health Research Interests: Epidemiology, infectious diseases

 

Sandi Kwee, Ph.D. Cancer Center Research Interests: Cancer detection, positron emission tomography

 

Men-Jean Lee, M.D. Medicine Research Interests: Maternal-fetal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology

 

Loic Le Marchand, Ph.D. Cancer Center Research Interests: Epidemiology, cancer research

 

Kamal Masaki, M.D. Geriatric Medicine Research Interests: Geriatric Medicine

 

Michelle Matter, Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology Research Interests: Integrin regulated cell survival and apoptosis

 

Alika Maunakea, Ph.D. Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering Research Interests: Epigenomic research

 

Charles Neal, Ph.D. Pediatrics Research Interests: Neuroanatomical studies

 

Vivek Nerurkar, Ph.D. Tropical Medicine Research Interests: Pathogenesis of infectious diseases, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying microbe-host interaction

 

Jun Panee, Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology Research Interests: Selenoproteins and natural products as antioxidants

 

Noemi Polgar, Ph.D. Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology Research Interests: Type-2 diabetes mellitus research

 

Marie Fialkowski Revilla, Ph.D. Human Nutrition Research Interests: Nutrition, child health assessment

 

Beatriz L. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. Geriatric Medicine Research Interests: Epidemiology, chronic diseases

 

Jennifer Salcedo, M.D. Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Research Interests: Barriers to reproductive healthcare

 

Ralph Shohet, M.D. Medicine Research Interests: Molecular medicine

 

Reni Soon, M.D. Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Research Interests: Reproductive Health

 

Andy Stenger, Ph.D. Medicine Research Interests: Neurosciences, particle astrophysics

 

Deborah Taira, Sc.D. University of Hawaiʻ i at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Research Interests: Health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis and health disparities

 

Michelle Tallquist, Ph.D. Medicine Research Interests: Cardiovascular biology and birth defects

 

W. Steve Ward, Ph.D. Anatomy Research Interests: Sperm physiology and genetics, assisted reproduction technology

 

Bradley Willcox, M.D. Geriatrics Research Interests: Aging research

 

Kelley Withy, M.D., Ph.D. Family Medicine Research Interests: Family medicine

 

Yanyan Wu, Ph.D. Social Work and Public Health Research Interests: Longitudinal and hierarchical data analysis, statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology

 

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

Kore Liow, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.N. Medicine Research Interests: Neurology research

 

Jason Viereck, M.D., Ph.D. Medicine Research Interests: Neurology, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke research

 

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission into the Master's of Science in Quantitative Health and Clinical Research graduate program (after completion of an undergraduate degree):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement with career goals
  • Undergraduate (and Medical School, if applicable) GPA 3.2 or greater
  • Undergraduate level course requirements: one semester biology, or one semester of pre-calculus, or equivalent coursework as determined by the Graduate Program Committee
  • At least three professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Professional exams such as GRE or MCAT within the last 5 years, with scores above the 50th percentile of the national average
  • Post-secondary institution transcripts
  • International applicants with a non-English background: TOEFL (at least 90 for iBT and 570 for PBT) or IELTS (at least 7 on the 9-point scale)

How to Apply

Please visit the University of Hawaiʻ i at Mānoa Graduate Division website to fill out an online application.

Application Deadline: March 1

Last updated: 08/02/2022

Program Requirements

Please select a Master's (MS) Plan:

Master's Plan A (Thesis Option)

Initial Conference with Graduate Program Chair - Pre-Candidacy Progress (Form 1)

  • During the first week of the first semester
  • Appointment of an interim academic advisor
  • Selection of specialization within the graduate program i.e. Clinical Research Track or Quantitative Health Sciences Track
  • Date of preliminary conference (initial advising) with the interim academic adviser

Preliminary Conference(s) with Interim Academic Adviser

  • During the first month of the first semester
  • If any academic deficiencies are identified, a remediation plan will be developed between the interim academic advisor and the student
  • Relevant sections of the Pre-Candidacy Progress (Form 1) will be used for the purpose of developing a remediation plan. The completed Form 1 will be submitted to the Graduate Division.

Coursework Requirements (the general credit requirements and the program core course requirements are the same for both tracks, but the track specific required courses are different for the two tracks. Please see section on curricula for details)

  • 34 total credit hours for the MS program
  • 24 credit hours of approved didactic core and elective course work (must be taken for an A-F letter grade)
  • 2 credit hours of seminar component (A-F grade)
  • Minimum of 8 credit hours of research component (at least 6 credits from BIOM 700; other credits can be from BIOM 699 or QHS 699)

MS Plan A Thesis Committee

  • Selection of a permanent advisor by the end of the first year who will also serve as the chair of the thesis committee
  • Appointment of at least two other members of graduate faculty to the thesis committee
  • Preparation of individualized timeline for MS Plan A

MS Advance to Candidacy (Form 2)

  • Appointment of thesis committee (if appointing a non-graduate faculty to the committee, attach justification and a current CV of the faculty)
  • Approval of a research topic (Attach the appropriate approval(s) as necessary. (See below.)
  • Results of the second foreign language exam (if required)
  • Submit this form prior to registering for Thesis 700 or before the first day of instruction during this semester of registration
  • Registration in Thesis 700 is allowed only after this form and all necessary attachments have been received and approved by the UH Graduate Division.
  • Consists of a written proposal. The proposal should be based on the student's thesis research project, engaging in hypothesis driven research.
  • Submission of the thesis topic and proposal to the thesis committee for review and approval as early as possible
  • Written proposal and proposal seminar should be completed by the end of the third semester of the student’s training
  • The proposal should be prepared in consultation with the student’s thesis advisor and thesis committee members
  • The format of the written thesis proposal will be specified by the thesis committee, but should follow the general format of a grant proposal to a federal funding agency (e.g., NIH), including project summary and relevance, background and significance, specific aims, research design and methods, and preliminary studies.
  • Upon approval from thesis committee, the Advance to Candidacy Form (Form 2) can be submitted to the Graduate Division.
  • If the proposal is not approved, the student must resubmit proposal within 3 months. Failure to submit an approved proposal may result in dismissal from the graduate program and the Graduate Division.

Note: Approval for Research Topics - As required by federal, state and university regulations, UHM students who intend to conduct research that involves the use of subjects listed below must check with their respective academic departments, the Office of Research Services, and the appropriate office(s) listed below for approval and guidance. Depending on the nature of the research project, the student may need to obtain specific certification, approvals, and guidance as required, e.g.:

MS Thesis Defense / Final Examination (Thesis Evaluation (Form 3) and Thesis Submission (Form 4)

  • The final defense is an oral examination open to the public, during which the student of a thesis demonstrates to their committee satisfactory command of all aspects of the work presented and other related subjects, if applicable.
  • Exam conducted by the thesis committee.
  • To be held at least 3 weeks before thesis submission deadline according to the UHM academic calendar (Note: this deadline usually falls around late March, early April)
  • A student who fails the final examination may repeat it once at the discretion of the thesis committee and the Graduate Division.
  • A student who fails the examination a second time will be dismissed from the program and the Graduate Division.

Please refer to Graduate Division website for details: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/final-defense

Once the student has successfully passed the final exam, the Thesis Evaluation Form (Form 3), a certification of the final oral exam and thesis defense by the thesis committee, must be submitted immediately to the Graduate Division. With the approval of the written thesis by the thesis committee, the Thesis Submission Form (Form 4) can be submitted to the Graduate Division. By signing this form, committee members indicate approval of the content and the form of the finalized thesis manuscript. All University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Graduate Division Master's Plan A Forms (1-4) are submitted online and are available here: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/forms.

Master's Plan B (Capstone Project Option)

Initial Conference with Graduate Program Chair - Pre-Candidacy Progress

  • During the first week of the first semester
  • Appointment of an interim academic advisor
  • Selection of specialization within the graduate program i.e. Clinical Research Track or Quantitative Health Sciences Track
  • Date of preliminary conference (initial advising) with the interim academic adviser

Preliminary Conference(s) with Interim Academic Adviser 

  • During the first week of the first semester
  • If any academic deficiencies are identified, a remediation plan will be developed between the interim academic advisor and the student

Coursework Requirements (the general credit requirements are the same for both the CR and QHS tracks, but the specific required courses are different. Please see curricula section for details)

  • 34 total credit hours for the MS program
  • 28 credit hours of approved didactic core and elective course work (must be taken for an A-F letter grade)
  • 2 credit hours of seminar component as a core requirement (A-F grade)
  • Minimum of 4 credit hours of research component (BIOM 699 or QHS 699)

MS Plan B Capstone Committee

  • Appointment of a permanent adviser by the end of the first year, who will serve as the chair of the capstone committee
  • Appointment of two other members of graduate faculty members from the program graduate faculty list
  • Preparation of individualized timeline for MS Plan B

Study Program and Capstone Project Proposal

  • Meet with committee to decide on research project before the start of the third semester
  • Take additional courses, if needed
  • Submit capstone project proposal, approved by the committee
  • Complete MSQHCR Master's Plan B Pre-Candidacy Form and submit it to the MSQHCR Graduate Chair or adviser. Do not submit this form to the Graduate Division

Capstone Project Presentation / Final Examination

  • Submit a written paper covering the project
  • Presentation of the capstone project to the committee, at least 3 weeks before the end of term during which degree is conferred
  • At the discretion of the committee, the presentation can be offered during a graduate program seminar
  • A student who fails the final examination may repeat it once at the discretion of the Plan B committee
  • A student who fails the examination a second time will be dismissed from the program and the Graduate Division
  • Completion and internal filing of MSQHCR Plan B Internal Evaluation Form for submission to the Graduate Chair or advisor. Do not submit this form to the Graduate Division.
  • Certification of completion of research seminar and written paper

Please refer to the Graduate Division exam policies for details at https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/exam-policies

Note: Approval for Research Topics - As required by federal, state, and university regulations, UHM students who intend to conduct research that involves the use of subjects listed below must check with their respective academic departments, the Office of Research Services, and the appropriate office(s) listed below for approval and guidance. Depending on the nature of the research project, the student may need to obtain specific certification, approvals, and guidance as required, e.g.:

Once the student has successfully passed the final exam, a MS Graduate Program Memo, indicating the student's successful completion of the Master's Plan B, will be submitted by the graduate program chair to the Graduate Division Student Services.

 

MS Curriculum


Plan A
 
  • 24 didactic credits
  • 2 seminar credits
  • Minimum of 8 research credits from BIOM 700 or BIOM 699
  • Comprehensive exam in Fall of second year
  • Thesis exam in Fall of second year when Form II is submitted
  • Oral defense when Forms III and IV are submitted
Plan B
 
  • 28 didactic credits
  • 2 seminar credits
  • Minimum of 8 research credits from BIOM 700 or minimum 4 research credits from QHS 699 or QHS 676
  • Comprehensive exam in Fall of second year
  • Capstone project presentation before end of semester during which degree is conferred



Section A. MS Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
BIOM 640 Introduction to Clinical Research 3
QHS 646 Quantitative Health and Clinical Research Seminar 2

 

Section B. Track Required Courses

  1. Clinical Research (CR) Track
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    QHS 600 Biostatistics Concepts for Clinical Researchers 3
    BIOM 641 Legal and Regulatory Issues and Bioethics 2
    Plan A:
    BIOM 700 MS Thesis Research 8+
    Elective Courses 16+
    Plan B:
    BIOM 699 Directed Research 4+
    Elective Courses 20+

  2. Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) Track
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    QHS 601 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
    QHS 602 Generalized Linear Models 3
    Plan A:
    BIOM 700 MS Thesis Research 8+
    Elective Courses 15+
    Plan B:
    QHS 699 or
    QHS 676
    Directed Research
    Biostatistical Consulting Practicum
    4+
    Elective Courses 19+

Section C. Selected Elective Courses

To be selected by the student and his/her thesis advisor and committee according to the student's interests and needs (Please see UH Manoa graduate catalog for additional and updated course listings).

  1. From QHS
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    BIOM 615 Introduction to Clinical Nutrition 3
    BIOM 644 Translational Research Methods 2
    BIOM 645 Clinical Protocol Development 3
    BIOM 647 Cultural Competence in Biomedical Research 3
    QHS 605 Data Management & Visualization for Health Sciences 3
    QHS 610 Bioinformatics I 3
    QHS 611 Bioinformatics II 3
    QHS 620 Introduction to Clinical Trials 2
    QHS 621 Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials 2
    QHS 650 Secondary Data Analysis 3
    QHS 670 Special Topics in Quantitative Health 1-4
    QHS 675 Biostatistical Consulting 2
    QHS 676 Biostatistical Consulting Practicum 1-2

  2. From Other Related Programs
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    Cell & Molecular Biology (CMB)
    CMB 606 Introduction to Neurosciences 4
    CMB 625 Advanced Topics in Genetics 2
    CMB 640 Neuropharmacology 2
    Geography (GEOG)
    GEOG 388 Introduction to GIS 3
    GEOG 389 GIS Data Visualization 3
    GEOG 489 Applied Geographic Information Systems 3
    GEOG 680 Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resource Data 3
    Information and Computer Sciences (ICS)
    ICS 614 Medical Informatics I 3
    ICS 624 Advanced Data Management 3
    ICS 635 Machine Learning 3
    ICS 663 Pattern Recognition 3
    Molecular Biosciences & Bioengineering (MBBE)
    MBBE 650 DNA and Genetic Analysis 2
    MBBE 683 Advanced Bioinformatics Topics for Biologists 4
    Public Health Sciences (PH)
    PH 650 Ecological Epidemiology 2
    PH 658 Computer Applications in Public Health 3
    PH 663 Principles of Epidemiology I 3
    PH 664 Principles of Epidemiology II 3
    PH 669 Epidemiology Study Design Critique 2
    PH 689 Nutritional Epidemiology 3
    PH 747 Statistical Methods in Epidemiologic Research 3
    Tropical Medicine (TRMD)
    TRMD 675 Epidemiology of Tropical Infectious Diseases 3

Last updated: 08/02/2022

MS Key Courses

Biomedical Sciences (BIOM) Course Descriptions

BIOM 615 Introduction to Clinical Nutrition (3) Overview of applied clinical nutrition that includes nutrients, dietary recommendations for healthy populations and medical nutrition therapies for patients with diet related diseases or conditions. Graduate students only. A-F only. Pre: BIOL 171 (or higher) or PHYL 141 or ZOOL 141 or consent.

BIOM 640 Introduction to Clinical Research (3) Instruction in developing clinical research questions and creating a concise protocol that includes a literature review, study design, subject recruitment and sampling, instruments, other measures and bioinformatics, sample size, consent form, budget and timetable. A-F only.

BIOM 641 Legal and Regulatory Issues and Bioethics (2) Ethical dilemmas in clinical research are identified and resolved in case studies, research on human participants regulation are discussed. Research misconduct is defined. Ethical considerations in protocol development and clinical research are explored. A-F only. (Cross-listed with CMB 626)

BIOM 644 Translational Research Methods (2) Lectures focus on translational research methods through selected genetic and acquired diseases including cancer, neurodevelopmental, inflammatory-immune and metabolic disorders with insight into analyses of DNA, RNA, genomics-proteomics, cell and animal models, and advanced imaging. A-F only. Pre: consent.

BIOM 645 Clinical Protocol Development (3) Provides training in proposal development. Governance structures of funding agencies; funding opportunities and decisions; review processes; NIH application and processes; reading RFAs (Request for Application); compliance issues; cultural sensitivity; and types of questions using databases are addressed. A-F only.

BIOM 647 Cultural Competence in Biomedical Research I (3) Introductory lecture-seminar on the conduct of multidisciplinary research from a culturally competent perspective.

BIOM 654 Medical Genetics (2) Focus on heritable disorders, genetic mechanisms, patterns of inheritance, phenotype-genotype correlations, genetic/environmental factors, clinical diagnoses, genomic and precision medicine. A-F only.

BIOM 660 Mentored Research Practicum (V) Conduct research under the direction of a mentor. Participants will be responsible for submission of a proposal, acquisition of IRB approval, and conduct of the project. Repeatable five times or up to 12 credits. BIOM students only. A-F only.

BIOM 699 Directed Research (V) Students may register on approval of department. CR/NC only. Repeatable unlimited times.

BIOM 700 Thesis Research (V) Research for master’s thesis. Repeatable seven times or up to 8 credits. CR/NC only. Pre: consent.


Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) Course Descriptions

QHS 401 Mathematic Preparation for Quantitative Health Sciences (3) Mathematics preparation for quantitative health sciences. Includes selective topics in linear algebra, advanced calculus and probability theory. A-F only.

QHS 499 Directed Reading/Research (V) Directed reading/research in quantitative health sciences. Students will work closely with a QHS faculty member or mentor who will guide them through quantitative methodologies and/or the process of conducting a research study. Repeatable three times or up to 12 credits. A-F only.

QHS 600 Biostatistics Concepts for Clinical Researchers (3) Provide biostatistical concepts to clinical researchers. Students will obtain the ability to demonstrate an understanding of key biostatistical concepts in clinical research; and interpret statistical findings most commonly reported in clinical and healthcare literature. Graduate students only.

QHS 601 Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3) Fundamental biomedical statistics concepts and tools will be introduced, as well as their applications to biomedical data. Students will perform hands-on analysis using statistical software and learn to interpret and present the results. A-F only. (Fall only) (Cross-listed as TRMD 655)

QHS 602 Generalized Linear Models (3) Advanced biomedical statistics principles and tools as well as their applications will be introduced. Topics include: model selection, hierarchical model, repeated measurements, proportion hazard model, classification methods, structural equation modeling and multivariate analysis. A-F only. Pre: QHS 601 (with a minimum grade of B) or consent.

QHS 605 - Data Management and Visualization for Health Sciences (3) Data management and visualization is essential to all aspects of health sciences. Through hands-on experiences in R, will introduce data processing, manipulation, visualization and reproducibility, with an emphasis on clinical, medical, and health science problems. A-F only.

QHS 610 Bioinformatics I (3) Fundamental concepts in bioinformatics with a strong emphasis on hands-on training. Topics such as molecular biology, sequence alignment, biological databases, phylogeny, and genomics including microarray and RNA-Seq data analysis. A-F only. (Fall only) (Cross-listed with TRMD 653)

QHS 611 Bioinformatics II (3) Focus on bioinformatics approaches for functional genomics related to DNA, RNA, and protein. Provides overview of virus, bacteria, and human genome and bioinformatics approaches to human disease. A-F only. Pre: QHS 610 (or equivalent) (with a minimum grade of B) or consent.

QHS 620 Introduction to Clinical Trials (2) Introduction to clinical trials. Topics include history, definitions/terminology, adverse events, FDA and government regulatory agencies, ethics; monitoring committees, recruitment, introduction to protocol development, basis designs. A-F only.

QHS 621 Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials (2) Covers basic and advanced statistical methods utilized in clinical trials design, conduct, and data analysis. Topics cover statistician’s role in drug development and DSMB, statistical theory in phases I-IV clinical trial designs and analysis. A-F only. Pre: 601 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B or consent.

QHS 646 Quantitative Health and Clinical Research Seminar (1)Provides overview of research related to health in Hawai‘i and advances in quantitative health and clinical research. Topics include ethnic disparities in health, social and cultural factors, ethics, biostatistics and bioinformatics. Repeatable six times. CR/NC only. Pre: consent

QHS 650 Secondary Data Analysis (3) Will allow students who are new to using secondary data to become comfortable with accessing the data, forming hypotheses, and designing study proposals. Will introduce examples with basic and advanced techniques. A-F only. Pre: 601 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B- .

QHS 670 Special Topics in Quantitative Health Sciences (V) Special topics in quantitative health sciences. Reflects special research interest of QHS faculty or guest lecturers. Repeatable unlimited times. A-F only.

QHS 675 Biostatistical Consulting (2) Investigate the roles and responsibilities of the biostatistician as both consultant and collaborator with biomedical researchers, guide students in enhancing problem-solving and communication skills, and provide opportunity to observe real-life biostatistical consultations. A-F only. Pre: 601 and 602 (or equivalent) with minimum grades of B, and consent.

QHS 676 Biostatistical Consulting Practicum (V) Under the supervision of biostatistics faculty members, students will have the opportunity to provide statistical consultations to biomedical researchers and gain hands-on experience conducting biostatistical analysis in solving real-life analytic problems. Repeatable two times, up to six credits. A-F only. Pre: 675 (or concurrent) with a minimum grade of B.

QHS 699 Directed Research (V) Directed research in quantitative health sciences. Students will work closely with a QHS faculty member or mentor who will guide them through the process of conducting a research study. Repeatable unlimited times. A-F only.

Last updated: 08/08/2022

Tuition & Financial Aid

The most current UHM graduate tuition and financial aid information can be found at the following websites:
 https://www.hawaii.edu/fas/basics/student_budget/
 https://www.hawaii.edu/fas/basics/types_of_aid/

Graduate Assistantships (GAs)

Limited and selective program graduate and research assistantships are offered by the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (DQHS) to outstanding MS students, usually during their second year of study. The DQHS Admissions and Awards Committee administers the departmental GAs for students to work at department-operated school facilities and units, such as the Biostatistics Core Facility or Bioinformatics Core Facility. For more information on available GA positions, please visit our Job Opportunities page (https://qhs.jabsom.hawaii.edu/about-us/job-opportunities).

The two types of GAs that exist are:

  1. Teaching Assistantship (TA): Usually a 9-month appointment during the academic year. Specific duties vary, but they generally consist of serving under the supervision of a faculty member to assist in the teaching of a course.
  2. Research Assistantship (RA): In general, a RA supports the research and service activities of a faculty who is the principal investigator of a funded project. The specific duties of a RA vary depending on the needs of the project and on the qualifications and ex­periences of the RA. The duties may be directly or tangentially related to the RA’s program of study, while results from the research project may be incorporated into a thesis or dissertation as relevant. Some RAs exercise a great degree of inde­pendence while performing their duties; others carry out specific tasks that leave little room for independent judgment. RAs should be knowledgeable about official university policies on research and publi­cation. RA appointments usually have an 11-month appointment.
  • Compensation: GA compensation adheres to the schedule (based on 0.50 FTE per year) approved by the UH Board of Regents. Newly appointed GAs/RAs are compensated at a pay step recommended by the department or unit of hire, with a minimum level of Step 6. GAs/RAs with research duties are usually appointed at pay steps depending on their qualifications and experiences, the needs of their departments or units, and the availability of funds. Please visit: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/compensation-tax-withholding
  • Tuition Exemption: GAs with 0.50 FTE appointments may receive a full tuition exemption. All GAs must be employed for at least 12 weeks during the semester in order to receive the tuition exemption. Tuition exemptions apply only to fall and spring semesters, and may not be used for Outreach College and Distance Education courses. Summer Session tuition exemptions, when available, are issued by the Outreach College. GAs are responsible for the payment of fees. GAs who resign before serving at least three-quarters of a semester are liable for repayment of tuition exemptions. Please visit: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/rules-regulations
  • Health Plan & Parking Permits: GAs with 0.50 FTE appointment who serve for a minimum of three months are eligible for health plan benefits. For more information, contact the personnel officer in the department or unit of hire. To purchase parking permits, GAs need to obtain first a memo from their department or unit of hire. The memo must be presented along with all other required documents to the Parking and Transportation Services.

Graduate Division Achievement Awards

A limited number of merit-based Graduate Division Achievement Scholar­ships are available to qualified graduate students.

  • Eligibility & How to Apply: To be eligible, a student must be a student in the master’s program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above. Students apply through the MS graduate programs. These awards are very competitive.
  • Award Amount: The award amount varies, depending on the purpose of the award and funding availability. Minimum award is $500.
  • Award Conditions: Award recipients must maintain an enrollment of six credits or more of degree-related courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above, for the entire period of the award. If the student becomes ineligible for this award prior to the start of a term, he/she will forfeit the award and future terms of award application may be affected.
  • Award Distribution Procedure: The Graduate Division allocates achievement scholarships to graduate programs, which in turn distribute the awards to qualified students via BANNER and STAR at the time of registration.

Other Financial Support Opportunities

Besides the mechanisms described above, there are other intramural and extramural funding opportunities available to graduate students.  For more information on these resources, please consult the Graduate Division funding opportuni­ties site:
  http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/financial-support

Finding Work at UHM Campuses

GA positions in other departments may also be available. The University of Hawaiʻ i's 10-campus system offers a wide range of career opportunities throughout the State of Hawaiʻ i. Employment within the University system includes competitive compensation and benefits, a supportive work environment, and the opportunity to build a lifelong commitment to education by joining the ranks of our renowned scholars and researchers and dedicated staff. To search for GA positions at UH, please visit the following UH job website (select “Graduate Assistant” under “Position Type” box):
http://workatuh.hawaii.edu/Search

Quantitative Health and Clinical Research Graduate Program

We are located at the University of Hawaiʻ i John A. Burns School of Medicine Kakaʻ ako Campus

651 Ilalo Street Medical Education Building, Suite 411 Honolulu, HI 96813

Graduate Program Chair: Eunjung Lim, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Associate Chair: John J. Chen, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Administrator Munirih Taafaki, MS

Phone: (808) 692-1840 Email: QHCR@hawaii.edu

Manoa

651 Ilalo Street, Medical Education Building, Suite 411, Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808.692.1840 / Email: dqhs@hawaii.edu

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