December 23, 2022
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A Message from the Dean

 Aloha Thompson School ‘Ohana,  

We are proud to celebrate all that our school has  accomplished this year, including our amazing graduates! You will truly make a difference in your communities.

Mahalo for all your hard work, dedication, and commitment! Please see links below to our Connections Newsletters over the fall semester. And a big mahalo to Robin Arndt and Amanda Lindsey for their help with these!

We have loved celebrating our student essay contest winners over this semester. Our final one is Jordan Marshall from the MPH program. 

The Thompson School is proud to be hosting our essay contest again in 2023 to celebrate all the amazing work and synergies across our fields. The vision of our School is achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and citizens in a changing world. This year's essay contest theme will be Stepping up to Service. We again invite Social Work and Public Health students to enter, particularly to share how they have stepped up to help their communities to meet needs in physical, mental, and social health, and how this knowledge can contribute to wellbeing in our academic fields and our communities in the future. One student will be chosen to receive a $1000 prize. Four students will be chosen to each receive an award of $500. Graduate and undergraduate entries welcome. More details can be found here.

We celebrated many wonderful events in the last month,
including the Chin Sik & Hyun Sook Chung endowment and plaque, and the OPHS Undergraduate Summit. I was also fortunate to spend time with the Department of Social Work in celebrating the end of the fall semester. I am grateful for all of these opportunities to spend time with one another and connect. 

May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter, relaxation, friends, family, and time for reflection. 

With much aloha, 

Celebrating the Chin Sik & Hyun Sook Chung Plaque with OPHS leadership and students!

Thompson School Essay Contest:
Jordan Marshall


"I believe that even if we do not agree with one another, we should still listen to each other because we all have very different and unique experiences from living different lives. These different experiences have all shaped us into who we are today, but the bottom line is that we all share  way more commonalities than differences."

Read more of Jordan's essay here

Fall 2022 Graduation Memories

View This Semester's Connections Newsletters:

Thompson School in the News

Featuring OPHS Faculty Denise Nelson-Hurwitz and Michelle Tagorda-Kama
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Featuring OPHS Students Theresa Ng, Māhealani Taitague-Laforga, Nicholas Bongcaron
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Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work Student Academic Services
wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season! 

Office of Public Health

Great job to all participants at the 
OPHS Undergraduate Summit!

Public Health Studies: Oceans and Human Health Connections
and Strategic Directions

Celebrating the Chin Sik & Hyun Sook Chung Endowment!


Keith Y Fujikawa
30 Years of Service
Robin G Arndt
10 Years of Service


OPHS Graduate Research Assistant
(Hawai'i Health Data Warehouse)

The Office of Public Health Studies is looking for a graduate research assistant to assist with the operation of the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse (HHDW). Applicants must be a classified degree-seeking student in a Masters or PhD program in Social Work, Public Health, Education, or related field under UH Graduate Division.  Applications are due Friday, December 23, 2022. 

Director of the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence

JABSOM is actively recruiting for a permanent, 100% FTE, tenure-track Assistant Professor (I3, M11) position that will provide leadership and oversight of the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence located in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at JABSOM.  This national recruitment is continuous.

2nd ADVANCE Kaulike (Diversity) Graduate Assistant Position

The College of Education/Curriculum Research & Development Group Mānoa is seeking a graduate assistant to assist with the ADVANCE Catalyst Project. Contact Dr. Truc Nguyen; 808-956-6507; with questions. To learn more about the project, visit here. 

Hawaiʻi Journal of Health & Social Welfare: December 2022 Issue

Pi‘i A‘e Scholarship for Native Hawaiian Students Living at RISE

Kamehameha Schools is offering 25 scholarships to Native Hawaiian students who live at RISE through the Piʻi Aʻe Scholarships. The deadline to submit the KS application is Friday, January 6, 2023To learn more, click on the program flyer here

PACE Student Leaders Program

The PACE Leaders program provides students with a unique educational opportunity to practice and gain entrepreneurial skills, while enriching the educational experience of their peers. PACE Leaders are students from various majors who work together to ​shape and design programs, activities, and events to grow a network of entrepreneurial-minded students throughout the UH System. No experience in entrepreneurship or business is required.

We will be accepting 50 students to this program and providing scholarships in amounts between $1000-$6000 for the 2023-2024 school year.  To learn more about that program and apply, click here. The application deadline is Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Hawai'i Pacific Health Summer Student Research Program

Student applications are now available for the 2023 Hawai'i Pacific Health Summer Student Research Program (SSRP), June 19 - August 11. Over the course of this exciting eight-week program, twelve undergraduate students will be given invaluable, hands-on experiences in medicine and clinical research. The SSRP is designed to expose undergraduate students to the “real world” of medicine. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted, or postmarked for mailed pieces, by Monday, January 16, 2023.

Cancer Prevention and Control (CAPAC)
Research Training Program

The Cancer Prevention and Control (CAPAC) Research Training Program at the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UPRCCC) invites applicants for their 10-week full-time summer research experience. Activities will include participation in a research project, and complementary educational and professional skill building activities. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 23, 2023, 11:59 pm AST.  Learn more about the program here.

7th Cross-Cultural Health Care Conference

On Friday, January 27 to Saturday, January 28, 2023, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Department of Surgery and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE) are hosting the 7th Cross-Cultural Health Care Conference at the John A Burns School of Medicine's Medical Education Building (MEB) auditorium. While the focus is on graduate medical education, the topics are broad enough to be of interest to any student pursuing a healthcare-related career.

16th Health Disparities Conference

Xavier University of Louisiana is holding the 16th Health Disparities Conference in New Orleans, LA from February 22-24, 2023. This year's conference, titled Public Health Transformations to Achieve Health Equity, will address community engagement, policy, practice, education workforce, and science. If you would like to submit an abstract, click here. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, January 6, 2023. 

Quantitative Health and Clinical Research Graduate Programs

John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, offers a Master of Science in Quantitative Health and Clinical Research (2 years) and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research (2 semesters). 

The Masters program has two tracks:

  1. Clinical Research suited for physician-researchers and those in or pursuing careers in clinical research, and 
  2. Quantitative Health Sciences, which will prepare students for future careers in areas such as biostatistics, bioinformatics, and healthcare data analytics.

The Graduate Certificate is fully online and is ideal for medical trainees, gap-year students, and health professionals with an interest in clinical research, bioethics, and statistical data analysis.

We are currently enrolling students into our programs (application deadline: March 1). For details, please visit our graduate program website, and check out our promotional videos:

University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH) Employment Opportunities

The University of Washington School of Public Health is conducting a search for the following positions. All outstanding applicants will be considered until positions are filled. 

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) – Biostatistics 

Assistant Teaching Professor – Global Health (2 positions) 

Assistant Teaching Professor – Health Systems and Population Health  

Assistant Professor (WOT) – Health Systems and Population Health 

Associate Professor or Professor (WOT) – Health Systems and Population Health 

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