David Ho attended Taichung Municipal Guang-Fu Elementary School until sixth grade, he was 12 years old, beforeimmigrating to the United States with his mother and younger brother to unite with his father, who had already been in the US since 1957.
Then Ho continued his schooling in Los Angeles.
He attended a high school in central Los Angeles, where he graduated with honors.
Ho won a scholarship to Harvard Medical School and, as resident at UCLA Medical Center, saw some of the first documented cases of AIDS. He dedicated himself to combating the mysterious killer.
He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Medicine in 1982 and then held a fellowship in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School until 1985.