The State of Hawai‘i is an environment with a unique rich blend of cultures and ethnicities and many healing traditions, some of ancient origins. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAAM) takes on increased significance in Hawai‘i because the diverse population of the state uses these treatment modalities frequently.

University-of-HawaiiThe State of Hawai‘i is an environment with a unique rich blend of cultures and ethnicities and many healing traditions, some of ancient origins. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAAM) takes on increased significance in Hawai‘i because the diverse population of the state uses these treatment modalities frequently.

The department is committed to conducting both basic and applied research related to complementary and alternative therapies in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region; educating the next generation of physicians and other healthcare personnel about the potential risks and benefits of complementary and alternative therapies; providing culturally competent care for people within the state of Hawai‘i by understanding the use of patterns of complementary care used by the Hawai‘i’s population; facilitating the study of medicinal plants, including varieties unique to Hawai‘i and/or the Pacific Rim; and promoting health service research to assess the clinical and financial benefits—or lack thereof—of CAAM therapies for the Hawaiian population.

The CAAM department is involved in a variety of funded research programs and provides research experience for students at all levels. Collaborations with other UH programs such as Korean and Chinese studies and Native Hawaiian and Health Ecology faculties have also been developed to reduce and eliminate health disparities in Hawai‘i and improve the health of Hawai‘i’s people.

Graduate Study
A graduate program leading to the MS in biomedical sciences is offered, with an emphasis on clinical research for clinicians, researchers, educators and consumers. Clinical research is the study of methods used to investigate clinical problems in medicine. Available in Plan A (thesis), the program requires a combination of course work and original research, the latter forming the basis of the master’s thesis.

Students enrolled in the program acquire skills in biostatistics and epidemiology, and master the scientific principles that underlie clinical research methods. They develop the ability to identify and resolve ethical issues in clinical research, to ensure the safeguarding of human subjects, and to understand the workings of Institutional Review Boards and other relevant requirements. In addition, students increase their capacity in obtaining research funding from agencies such as the National Institute of Health.


Address & Contact
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Kaka‘ako Waterfront Campus
651 Ilalo Street, MEB 223
Honolulu, HI 96813-5534
Tel: 808-692-0909
Fax: 808-692-1247
Web: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu/jabsom/departments/intro.php?departmentid=15