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Dean’s Message

Dr. William Chismar PhotoAloha from the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health!

I am thrilled to announce the renaming of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work to the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. The new name reflects the critical importance of public health and of an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems of social injustice and health inequity. Our faculty and staff in social work and public health are working together to train and support professionals and policy makers to improve the health and well-being of people and communities across Hawai‘i and the world.

The Thompson School provides a rigorous and supportive environment for students, preparing them to make a difference in a complex, rapidly changing world. We invite you to explore our programs to find one that best meets your career goals. The Thompson School also has a long tradition of rigorous research programs. We invite inquires of potential research partnerships to help address pressing societal and public health issues. Finally, the Thompson School is dedicated to serving communities across Hawai‘i. We invite inquiries from community organizations on potential collaborations.

Formed in 1940, the School of Social Work was named in honor of Myron B. Thompson in 2008. Myron B. Thompson, who received his MSW from the School in 1953, devoted his life to improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians and all the people of Hawai‘i. Everyone at the Thompson School is very proud to follow his example and to continue to honor him in our School’s name.

William Chismar
Interim Dean

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