OPHS Reorganized Under the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

We are pleased to share as of July 1, 2016 The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (MBT SSW) is now home to the Department of Social Work, the Office of Public Health Studies and the Center on Aging. Dean Noreen Mokuau continues as Dean. The shared vision of the MBT SSW and its units is “achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawai`i and citizens in a changing world.”

The Department of Social Work (DSW) includes a BSW program; an MSW program with both a Manoa and DE-based option, with specializations in Behavioral Mental Health, Children and Families, Health, and Gerontology; and a PhD in Social Welfare. Dr. Meripa Godinet serves as Chair. The mission of the DSW is to provide educational excellence that advances social work with its focus on social justice.  The principal responsibility is the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge for the global enterprise with special attention to Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander, and Asian populations in our state and region.

The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) is directed by Dr. Kathryn L. Braun. The mission of the OPHS is to advance the health of the peoples of Hawai‘i, the nation, and the Asia-Pacific region through knowledge, discovery, innovation, engagement, inclusion, and leadership. OPHS offers the BA in Public Health. It also offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) with specializations in Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, as well as a Master of Science (MS) in Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. OPHS offers both the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree and PhD in Epidemiology. 

The Center on Aging's (COA) mission is to enhance the well being of older adults. COA is committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs and service to the community. The Center’s initiatives focus on the integration of research, education and service, with a focus on the multicultural populations of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region. http://www.hawaii.edu/aging/

This is a news item. It was posted Aug 18, 2016 at 3:01pm and last updated Aug 18, 2016 at 3:01pm.

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