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Dean’s Message

Aloha from the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health!

Aloha,  Tetine Sentell photo

The Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health is home to an amazing community of dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni. It is my great honor to be the Interim Dean having been part of this wonderful ‘ohana since I arrived in Hawai‘i in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in public health.

The Thompson School community has been working with incredible passion, care, dedication, and ingenuity towards achieving social justice and health equity for the all the people of Hawaiʻi and our national and global communities. This commitment to our School’s vision was clear before the pandemic, built from decades of exemplary teaching, research, and service, and strong leadership. The dedication and engagement of the Thompson School has only shown brighter in the intersecting crises of health and social needs in the COVID-19 pandemic. Our skills, training, service and research are more relevant than ever.

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.

Our school is named for Myron B. Thompson, who received his MSW from the School in 1953 and devoted his life to improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians and all the people of Hawai‘i. We are proud to follow his example and honored to carry his name, which reflects the critical importance of an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems of social injustice and health inequity.

We hope that you will join us to continue to build health equity, social justice, and improved health and well-being of people and communities across Hawai‘i and the world.

With much aloha,

Tetine Sentell

Interim Dean
Professor of Public Health

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