|PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences
Programs of study leading to the doctor of philosophy in biomedical sciences (not public health) are administered by groups of faculty in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine. The concentration of biostatistics-epidemiology is based in the School of Public Health.
Candidates who successfully complete the doctoral program in biostatistics-epidemiology will be able to teach and to provide consultative service in basic aspects of both epidemiology and biostatistics. In addition, they will be able to conduct independent research in their areas of concentration.
Applicants must have an acceptable master's degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, or closely related fields or a degree providing comparable background. The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) and three letters of recommendation are required for application.
A prospective applicant is urged to communicate with a faculty member in his or her area of interest or with the program's chair and to be accepted as an applicant by a faculty member prior to admission. The faculty member involved will serve as an interim adviser upon the individual's admission into the PhD program.
All candidates take a qualifying examination during their first year of enrollment to ascertain aptitude, strengths, and weaknesses in their basic preparation. The test results will be used in determining subsequent course work. This will be followed by further course work, a comprehensive examination, and dissertation research. Candidates should refer to the General and Graduate Information Catalog for procedural and substantive details.
A few teaching and research assistantships are available for degree candidates. In addition, there are a limited number of traineeships and tuition waivers. East-West Center fellowships are available for qualified candidates.
Certificate in Public Health
The Certificate in Public Health program meets the needs of several interested groups at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, i.e., business, law, education, and international studies, as well as the special needs of health practitioners in Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Hawai'i. The certificate provides the general knowledge in foundations of public health and advanced knowledge in a selected concentration.
Certificate students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in graduate-level public health courses. At least 7 of the credit hours will be in public health foundation courses.
Consideration for admission to the certificate program requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning. Qualified foreign students must demonstrate adequate English language proficiency (minimum TOEFL score of 500).
Center on Aging
School of Public Health
1960 East-West Road, C-106
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-5001
Fax: (808) 956-9582
Certificates Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Aging, Advanced Certificate in Gerontology.
Students majoring in other areas can earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Aging or an Advanced Certificate in Gerontology through the Center on Aging at the School of Public Health.
Undergraduate Certificate in Aging
The undergraduate certificate requires 15 credits of approved gerontology courses in three different departments, three courses at the 300 level and two courses at or above the 400 level.
Advanced Certificate in Gerontology
The Advanced Certificate in Gerontology may be earned by taking 15 credits of course work in gerontology, at least 9 of which are at or above the 600 level. Courses must be in three different fields (e.g., public health, law, social work, sociology, etc.) and must include an interdisciplinary seminar in aging and a field study experience with related paper. With permission, classified graduate students may double-count 6 credits with their major area of study.
Admission requirements include classified graduate status at UHM or, for unclassified students, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and aging-related work experience.
Honors and Awards
Carey D. Miller Scholarship
Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award
Frances Ayako Matsuda Sano Fellowship
Joseph E. Alicata Award in Public Health
Koseki Award for Excellence in Community Service
Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program
Pauline Stitt Outstanding Student Award
SPH Alumni Association Scholarship