Health Science Careers


Biomedical Sciences

Biomed Sci

Biomedical Science is an emerging career in laboratory and human research to support the field of medicine through current technology. The research workforce is assured of continued growth as Hawai’i enters the biomedical technology market. Students interested in this field can pursue Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in any of the biological and physical sciences. For more information, contact UHM’s Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC).

Sandra Chang

(808) 692-1607 (Graduate Degree Programs–Biomedical)

Communication Sciences and Disorders



Communication Sciences and Disorders is an exciting and diverse field that addresses people’s speech production and language needs through speech therapy. Graduates who become Speech-Language Pathologists can choose their work setting: schools, hospitals, clinics, private practice agencies, universities, and much more!

1410 Lower Campus Road

(808) 956-8279


Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

A Dental Hygienist provides preventative, educational, and therapeutic oral health care for people as a member of the dental health team. Bachelor of Science graduates qualify for admission to the national, regional, and state dental hygiene board examinations for licensure to practice. The BS in Dental Hygiene provides the mechanism for advanced education, participation in research, and diverse career opportunities.

Hemenway 200B

(808) 956-8821


Health and Exercise Science

Health & Exercise Sci

This program provides opportunities to learn how individuals can influence their own states of wellness, the response and adaptation of the human body to physical activity and sports participation, and how to help others achieve a higher state of wellness. Career paths include, but are not limited to: physical therapy, athletic training, health and fitness promotion, exercise physiology, rehabilitation counseling, sports nutrition, and personal training. The general emphasis in these careers is the link between science, sport, fitness, and allied health sciences. Students can design an academic curriculum that best reflects their individual interests as well as meet general prerequisites for graduate or professional programs.

PE/A 231, 1337 Lower Campus Road

(808) 956-7606


Interdisciplinary Studies


Under the Interdisciplinary Studies program, students custom design a major that integrates disciplines related to their professional interests. With the guidance of an advisor, students create their own degree proposals, drawing upon no less than three disciplines. Interdisciplinary Studies accommodates a variety of fields, including pre-professional (pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-dentistry, etc.), gerontology, health studies, and disability studies.

Krauss 116

(808) 956-7297


Medical Technology

Med Tech

Clinical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists) are essential partners in healthcare. Over 70% of all medical decisions depend on objective information provided by the clinical laboratory. The John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Technology is a four-year baccalaureate program and the only accredited program in the pacific. If you love science, contact us for more information.

Biomedical Sciences C206

(808) 956-8557




Physicians diagnose, treat, and work to prevent human illness, disease, or injury. A broad education prepares physicians to understand and manage physical, social, cultural, and psychological components, with a focus on improving healthcare in Hawai’i and the Pacific. Students who successfully complete the four-year curriculum earn a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) degree.

John A. Burns School of Medicine, 651 Ilalo St., MEB 3rd Floor

(808) 692-1000


Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering


Bioengineering is the application of engineering to biological systems, including processing biomass for alternative energy uses, bioreactor design, bioreme-diation and sensors and control engineering for biological systems. Undergraduate students receive integrated training in biology and engineering, culminating in a two-semester engineering design sequence. Graduate students study biochemical, nutritional, and molecular-biological processes that underlie growth, development, photosynthesis, and stress, especially as related to tropical agriculture, aquaculture, plant and environmental biotechnology, and bioengineering.

Agricultural Science 218

(808) 956-8384




Nurses provide direct patient care, create plans for care, and provide health education in a wide range of health care settings. Students seeking entrance into the undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) nursing program take specific science and general education courses before applying to the nursing school. Upon acceptance, they take three years of nursing lecture and clinical courses. Visit our website for information about nursing programs.

Webster 201

(808) 956-8939




The Food Science and Human Nutrition program provides opportunities in many careers. You can study to be a registered dietician, sport and wellness nutritionist, science teacher, new food product specialist, public health nutritionist, or researcher. A degree in this field can also serve as preparation for professional schools in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Agricultural Sciences 216

(808) 956-7095

Public Health

Pub Health

Public Health professionals advise in communities on illness prevention and healthy living. This is accomplished through interdisciplinary efforts that address the physical, mental, and environmental health concerns of communities and populations, and through the application of health promotion and disease prevention technologies and interventions. Specializations include epidemiology and the social and behavioral health sciences.

Biomedical Sciences D209

(808) 956-8577


Social Work and Welfare


Social work is committed to the realization of individual and collective well-being through the advancement of social justice, the provision of effective programs and services, and the enhancement of individual and family development. The primary responsibility of social workers is to society’s most vulnerable groups and individuals.

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Henke Hall 230

(808) 956-7182






Health Careers Opportunities Program


HCOP’s goal is to increase the number of health professionals serving in areas of need in Hawai’i and the Pacific. It strives to build diversity in the health workforce by helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds develop the skills needed to successfully enter, complete and graduate from health professions schools. HCOP provides career exploration and shadowing; learning skills development; academic, financial and personal counseling; preparation for college majors in health programs; and certification in first aid and CPR.


(808) 956-4642


‘Ike Ao Pono: Envisioning Health and Wellness for the Whole Community

Ike Ao Pono

The goal of ‘Ike Ao Pono is to provide Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island students access a quality nursing education at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. ‘Ike Ao Pono focuses on graduating nursing professionals from underserved and under-represented communities.

Webster Hall 222

(808) 956-5504


Imi Ho’ola Post-Baccalaureate Program


The mission of the Imi Ho’ola Post-Baccalaureate program is to improve health care in Hawai’i and the Pacific Basin by increasing the number of physicians through a 12-month educational program that addresses disadvantaged students’ academic and social emotional needs. Imi Ho’ola’s goal is to support diversity of the physician workforce and produce physicians who demonstrate a strong commitment to practice in underserved communities in Hawai’i and the Pacific. Each year, up to 12 students are selected to participate. Upon the successful completion of the program, students enter JABSOM as first-year medical students. Priority is given to applicants with strong ties to Hawai’i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands.

John A. Burns School of Medicine, 651 Ilalo St., MEB 3rd Floor

(808) 692-1030


Native Hawaiian Center for Excellence (NHCOE)

Native Haw

NHCOE seeks to improve the health of Native Hawaiians through education, research, and communty initiative that enable them to successfully pursue careers in medicine and other health professions. Activities focus on recruitment, retention, and training of Native Hawaiian students on the health professions pathway as well as Native Hawaiian faculty development, Native Hawaiian health research, information resources dissemination, and cultural competency training in healthcare. NHCOE is part of the Deparment of Native Hawaiian Health (DNHH) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). NHCOE is supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

DNHH, UH-JABSOM, 651 Ilalo St., MEB 3rd Floor

(808) 692-1022,


Papa Ola Lokahi


Papa Ola Lokahi leads the state’s Native Hawaiian Health Care System, created after the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act. POL is concerned with the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and provides research opportunities and scholarships for students.

894 Queen St.

(808) 597-6550


Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program


Veterinary Medicine is an amazing profession that is responsible for the health and well-being of all animals such as companion animals, farm animals, wildlife, marine mammals, exotics and laboratory animals. The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program is not a degree granting major, it is an advising and infromation resource to prepare UH students for applying to verinary school. We encourage students to seek advising with us throughout their time at UH so they can take full advantage of this program!

Agricultural Science 216

(808) 956-7095,


Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity


SEED coordinates projects, committees, and scholarships to support a wide variety of students: students with diabilities; underrepresented ethnic groups, such as Native Hawaiians; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gendered, and intersex students; academically talented students; and underprepared or disadvantaged students. Programs within the SEED office include, HCOP, College Opportunities Program, KOKUA, Kua’ana, Multicultural Student Service, Graduate Professional Access (GPA), Senior Citizen Visitors Program, and the Women’s Center. A wide range of support services, including scholarships, tutoring, financial aid, disability services, and more are provided by the various SEED Programs.


(808) 956-4642