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Department History, Mission, and Vision


For the past 45 years, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (formerly known as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology) has provided speech, language, and hearing services to the state of Hawai‘i.



Using the “C.A.R.E.S. Model”, our mission is to establish a center of excellence for:

  1. Clinical service to rehabilitate people challenged with speech language and/or hearing disorders.
  2. Administrative infrastructure for internal and external networking.
  3. Research to support evidence based practice.
  4. Educational training to prepare highly qualified speech and language professionals.
  5. Service to develop public awareness at the university, state, national and international levels.



Our vision is to collaborate with professional experts through local, national, and international partnerships, in order to establish and maintain a dynamic, productive and cost effective program in the field of communication sciences and disorders.



The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) has a set of well-defined missions (quoted below, in Italics), which the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) also strives to integrate into our clinical, administrative, research, educational, and service-related endeavors.


JABSOM, as part of the fabric of Hawai‘i, is a diverse learning community committed to excellence and leadership in

  1.      Educating current and future health care professionals and leaders
  2.      Delivering high quality healthcare
  3.     Conducting research and translating discoveries into practice
  4.      Establishing community partnerships and fostering multidisciplinary collaboration
  5.      Pursuing alliances unique to Hawai‘i and the Asia Pacific region
  6.      Acting with forethought regarding right relationships, respect, and moral action


We believe the CSD department’s mission and goals are consistent with those of JABSOM and UHM.



H.L./E.S. 10/12/12

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