University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu



A certificate in Applied Forensic Anthropology gives students a solid foundation in forensic anthropology and an introduction to the wider field of forensic science. This certificate may be earned alone or in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Anthropology or a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with a concentration in Justice Administration.

When combined with relevant degrees, the Applied Forensic Anthropology certificate offers students additional career opportunities and an advanced education in forensic anthropology and forensic science. This program is offered jointly by UH West O'ahu and Leeward Community College through in-class instruction and in partnership with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Faculty Contact
Dr. Jennifer Byrnes, Assistant Professor
(808) 689-2394

Asian Studies

The University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu offers students the opportunity to study the cultures of Asia in an interdisciplinary program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in Asian Studies. This academic credential is included on student transcripts and can be the first step toward employment in a variety of professional and academic fields related directly, or indirectly, to Asia.

The term "Asia" is of Western origin, but for the purposes of this certificate, refers geographically to the Far East (China, Japan, and Korea), Southeast Asia, and South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangaldesh). Although the term is vague, the economic and cultural influence of Asia is real. Due to the increasingly global environment of business, persons with an understanding of Asian cultures are in demand. Asia is home to nearly 60% of global GDP, some of the world's fastest-growing economies, half the world's population, and an expanding middle class, and so offers great opportunities for U.S. firms and workers. This certificate will be useful to students who work in Hawaii after graduation, given the prominence of international visitors in the tourism industry. In 2016, about one in six visitors to Hawai‘i came from Japan (almost 1.5 million), while there were roughly 250,000 South Korean visitors and 170,000 Chinese visitors (the highest spending of all visitors to Hawai‘i.) 

Faculty Contact
Dr. Jayson Chun, Associate Professor
(808) 689-2350


The certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) provides students and practitioners in the field of disaster preparedness and emergency management with a broad range of administrative skills and knowledge required in the growing and challenging areas of disaster preparedness, emergency management, and homeland security. The Certificate can be earned as a self-standing credential and may also be used as a part of a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at the University of Hawai`i West – O`ahu. The Bachelor’s degree includes on-campus classes. Courses for the bachelor’s degree and certificate are offered through in-class and distance learning instruction.

All courses meet the national standards as established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Higher Education Project.

Faculty Contact
Dr. Ross Prizzia, Professor
(808) 689-2365


The certificate in Health Care Administration provides students and health care practitioners with a broad range of administrative skills and knowledge needed in the dynamic and growing health care field. For those who are already employed in the health care field, this certificate enhances their qualifications and skills for more effective job performance and greater career mobility. The certificate may also be used as part of a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at the University of Hawai‘i — West O‘ahu or for students who are majoring in other fields. The Certificate is the only upper division, stand-alone, Board of Regents approved degree in the State of Hawaii that addresses the growing workforce demand for more certified health care professionals. This program is offered through in-class and distance learning instruction.

Faculty Contact
Dr. Kristina Guo, Professor
Director of Health Care Administration Program
(808) 689-2361


The Certificate in Music provides UH West O‘ahu students with
an opportunity to improve skills and gain knowledge in four areas 
of music: music performance; music theory and music writing; 
music technology; and music history and literature. Students 
will benefit from a diverse set of experiences designed to enhance
 musicianship in traditional and contemporary music ensembles, 
encourage music creativity, and foster a better understanding of
 music’s role in our world. Students desiring life-long participation 
in community ensembles will find the Certificate in Music useful as
 a bridge to post-college music-making. Graduates of the Certificate 
in Music will also be better prepared to incorporate music 
into their career pursuits. Elementary educators, for instance, 
incorporate music into their classroom teaching; Business/
Marketing graduates use their knowledge of music literature to 
support an effective advertising campaign; and Creative Media 
majors use their practical skills in the recording studio to reinforce 
the impact of a film or documentary.

Faculty Contact
Dr. Jon Magnussen, Associate Professor
(808) 689-2357


A certificate in Risk Management and Insurance provides training in risk management for personal and commercial lines of insurance, and prepares students for the CPCU examinations and other professional certifications. Courses cover personal property and liability insurance, life and health insurance, retirement planning, business law, loss prevention, risk retention, self insurance, and risk financing techniques.

Students completing the certificate in Risk Management and Insurance will be better prepared to obtain an insurance license and pass the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) examination and course of study. UH West O‘ahu worked in partnership with Hawai‘i’s insurance industry to create this Risk Management and Insurance certificate specifically to address the growing need for skilled insurance professionals locally and nationwide. The program is presently offered at UH West O‘ahu in-class with future plans for distance learning instruction.

Faculty Contact
Dr. Sharon Lee, Associate Professor
(808) 689-2387


The certificate in Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies (SAAS) is primarily an online, internet-based program designed to help students meet the State education requirements for certification as substance abuse counselors and to provide continuing education opportunities for professionals in the addictions field. All courses are offered as internet courses. Although not required for certification, students are strongly encouraged to concurrently complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology.

Faculty Contact
Dr. Mark Hanson, Professor & Social Sciences Division Chair 
(808) 689-2374