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About the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health

The vision of the School is achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and citizens in a changing world.

Our Programs

Department of Social Work

The mission of the Department of Social Work 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.

Office of Public Health Studies

The mission of the Office of Public Health Studies 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.

Center on Aging

The mission of COA is to enhance the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs and service to the community. Its focus is often on applied, translational and community engaged research with attention on the multicultural populations of Hawai’i and the Asia Pacific Region.


Our faculty have an immense variety of research interests affecting many under-served and neglected groups of people.

Tiffanie Keliinui-Mccreadie

“I've gained a lot of confidence from the [Ethel H. Yamane Endowed Scholarship]... someone believes in me.”

Tiffanie Keliinui-Mccreadie
Master's of Social Work, '19
Jorge Delva

“I am eternally grateful for the high-quality education I received at the Thompson School.”

Jorge Delva
PhD '96, MSW '92, BSW '89
Brooke Evans

“(My) experiences with faculty, staff and fellow students... helped me develop a solid professional sense of self and launch my career in social work and health policy.”

Brooke Evans
Master's in Social Work, '05
Victoria Neiderhauser

"Having the DrPH from UH Mānoa is like the gift that keeps on giving!"

Victoria Neiderhauser
PhD in Public Health, c/o '99
Jo Ann Tsark

"The program also challenged me to apply my new skills to improve the health of my community."

Jo Ann Tsark
Master's in Public Health, '84
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