Biomedical Building, A-209
1960 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-5498
Fax: (808) 956-9530
Degrees Offered: MS in biomedical sciences, PhD in biomedical sciences
The Academic Program
The biomedical sciences (BIOM) graduate program provides an integrated course of study for students seeking careers in health-related research. With its focus on interdisciplinary research training rather than on extensive disciplinary course work, this program offers research opportunities in, for example, molecular biology, immunology, medical microbiology, neurosciences, cancer, reproduction, heart disease, AIDS-research, biostatistics and epidemiology. Participating faculty members, drawn principally from the basic and clinical sciences in the medical school, Pacific Biomedical Research Center, and Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i-are involved in active research programs pursuing questions that typically extend from the molecular and cellular level to the organism and population levels.
Both PhD and MS degrees are offered, and applicants with prior MD degrees are welcomed. Entering students will take a first-year curriculum, which includes a two-semester course in molecular and cell biology, while pursuing concurrent rotations in research laboratories selected to expand their interdisciplinary knowledge. Additional courses (e.g., biochemistry and epidemiology/statistics) may be required to cover background deficiencies. Following completion of these core requirements, students passing a qualifying exam (covering the required course content) will then select a mentor and research laboratory in which they will complete their dissertation research. In addition to their required courses, students may choose to select from a broad range of advanced graduate courses in the traditional disciplines of anatomy and reproductive biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, physiology, pharmacology, tropical medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics. This program is expected to be combined with Genetics and Molecular Biology under the title "Cell and Molecular Biology."
Plan B MS students will be required to complete 30 credits of courses at the 600 level. These 30 credits must include the two-semester course sequence BIOM 621 and 622 as well as at least one lab rotation BIOM 631 (or the equivalent of these courses, as certified by the program chair). Additionally, all Plan B students will be required to complete a "mini-dissertation" describing one component of the directed research that they have carried out during their time in the program, including the aims of that research, the primary methods involved and the significance of the results obtained.
Plan A MS students will be required to complete at least 20 credits of graduate-level course work including BIOM 621, 622, and 631 (unless equivalencies have been certified by the program chair). At least 6 credits of 699 (or 700) will be expected within that total, indicating an appropriate amount of one-on-one laboratory instruction. In addition, students will be required to complete a full master's level research thesis in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate Division (12 credits). Students in this program will be required to complete both the normal qualifying exam and a comprehensive exam administered by their committee.
Students are required to complete a one-year basic program including BIOM 621, 622, and three semesters of lab rotations in 631 (unless equivalencies have been certified by the program chair). Students normally select a research mentor after completing this program and taking their qualifying exam. Thereafter, they are eligible to select a dissertation committee (normally chaired by the research mentor). No additional courses are required unless specified by the committee to expand the student's background or to fill apparent deficiencies in background knowledge that may be needed for successful performance within the student's chosen research area. However, students retain the option of selecting any courses that may interest them from the wide range offered at UH Manoa. At least one credit of BIOM 800 is required in the semester prior to graduation.
Family Practice and Community Health
The Physician Center at Mililani
95-390 Kuahelani Avenue
Mililani, HI 96789
Tel: (808) 627-3235
Fax: (808) 627-3262
K. A. Bauman, MD, MPH (Interim Co-Chair)-family practice and community health
N. A. Palafox, MD, MPH (Interim Co-Chair)-family practice and community health
S. P. Berry, MD-family practice
P. J. Bohnert, MD-psychiatry
L. E. Buenconsejo, MD-family practice
T. H. Chen, MD-family practice
G. M. Greene, PhD-education specialist
G. Maskarinec, PhD-medical anthropology
J. S. Minami, MD-family practice
M. Myers, PhD-psychology
A. W. Nichols, MD-family practice, sports medicine
K. M. Withy, MD-family practice
S. Yamada, MD, MPH-family practice
K. Young, MSW-social work
Degree Offered: MD
The Academic Program
The family practice and community health (FPCH) department is a cooperative effort whose faculty members are involved with community partnerships in health professions education. Teaching goals are based on the assumption that primary medical care includes not only high quality, accessible, and acceptable care for episodes of illness, but also a concern for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and environment for the population served.
Medical-student instruction focuses on basic conceptual tools and practical preceptorships with people providing primary care.