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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has launched the search for a director to lead the newly established Health Sciences Institute, a major initiative to improve healthcare and health outcomes in Hawaiʻi, inspired by UH‘s pivotal role in the stateʻs response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the institute is to leverage the university’s extensive expertise and resources in health sciences and medicine to expand the healthcare workforce, reduce health disparities, address climate change impacts on health and respond to emerging health threats.

“We are seeking a dynamic leader to guide the new institute,” said UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “This is a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of our communities in Hawaiʻi and the broader Pacific region. The director will play a critical role in shaping the future of healthcare through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to addressing health disparities.”

The director will be responsible for coordinating efforts across the UH units that include programs related to health sciences and medicine:

Related: Collaboration across health sciences goal of UH Mānoa initiative

  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
  • John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Nancy Atmosphera-Walch School of Nursing
  • School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology
  • Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health
  • UH Cancer Center

UH Mānoa offers more than 50 health sciences-related degrees and certificates across nine colleges and schools, as well as the state’s largest social work, nursing and public health programs. In fiscal year 2022 alone, UH Mānoa secured more than $130 million in external grants and contracts related to health sciences.

Alex Ortega, dean of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, is chairing the search advisory committee, whose members consist of steering committee members who led the development of the Health Sciences Institute. The committee will recommend finalists to Bruno, who will determine the best candidate for the position.

For the job announcement and position description, visit the executive search website. Review of applications will begin in late July and will continue until the position is filled.

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