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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

Bachelor’s of Social Work

This program involves a two-year course of study beginning in the junior year. It combines both academic course work and field practicum.

Master’s of Social Work

The MSW program prepares professional social workers for advanced practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in one of four fields of service: children and families, behavioral mental health, health and gerontology.

PhD Program

Our program prepares students for leadership in the advancement of social welfare education, practice, policy development, and research.


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
enrolled in MSW program
Jorge Delva

“I am eternally grateful for the high-quality education I received at the MBT SSW.”

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, c/o '05
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