John A. Burns School of Medicine
651 Ilalo Street, MEB 411
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 692-1840


*J. J. Chen, PhD (Chair, Associate Graduate Program Chair)—biostatistics
*E. Lim, PhD (Graduate Program Chair)—biostatistics
*H. Ahn, PhD—biostatistics
*A. Brown, PhD—nutrition and disease
*K. Csiszar, PhD—medical genetics
*J. Davis, PhD—biostatistics
*Y. Deng, PhD—bioinformatics
*V. Khadka PhD—bioinformatics
*C. Siriwardhana, PhD—biostatistics
M. Taafaki, MS—clinical research and administration

Degree Offered: MS in clinical and translational research

The Academic Program

The Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (DQHS) 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 Hawaii healthcare community. DQHS houses the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research (MSCTR) graduate program, the Bioinformatics Core Facility, the Biostatistics Core Facility, and provide quantitative expertise and support to multiple institutional infrastructure grants.

Graduate Study

The Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) graduate program will prepare graduates with skills for successful careers in clinical and translational research and research support in academia, government laboratories, healthcare organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. The CTR program leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree is currently offered with two tracks, both available in either Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (capstone project option): Clinical Research (CR) and Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS).

Students enrolled in the CR track will focus on the study of methods suitable to investigate clinical research topics, and will develop the ability to apply ethical principles to ensure the safeguarding of human subjects in clinical trials. The QHS track will teach students the fundamentals of biostatistics and bioinformatics, and master the scientific principles and methodologies that underlie basic science, and clinical and translational research methods.

By providing high-quality training, the program aims to increase the critical mass of clinical and translational 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.

Regarding long-term career outlook and job opportunities for program graduates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in clinical and associated research will grow overall by 13% and in mathematics and statistics will grow by 33% in the U.S. from 2016 to 2026. The State of Hawai‘i projects a higher (34.8%) growth rate in medical scientists, and a 13.9% growth rate in computer and mathematics-related occupations.