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Morrison Family College of Health


Informed by Catholic social teaching, the University of St. Thomas Morrison Family College of Health will educate health providers and leaders to skillfully, compassionately and collaboratively advance the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities. 

The Morrison Family College of Health aims to help solve systemic health care problems by:

  • Reimagining how those who work in this field can address the wellness of the whole person
  • Meeting an acute demand for health care practitioners who possess technical skills and cultural competencies.

The new college will be imbued with the spirit of the 150-year tradition of Catholic health care, embody the principles of social justice and engage with underserved communities. It also will consider the health needs across both rural and urban communities.

The college is currently comprised of the university’s existing Department of Health and Exercise Science, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Professional Psychology. The university is also moving forward with plans to create a nursing school that will be housed within the college.

Portrait of MayKao Hang

Meet the Dean

Dr. MayKao Y. Hang was appointed vice president and founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health in the fall of 2019. 

Hang is a proven, values-based leader who is passionate about the well-being of underserved communities and a champion of addressing disparities, and her background makes her an exciting fit to lead the new college. As president and CEO of the Wilder Foundation, for example, she designed programs and initiatives to address complex community issues and worked to integrate behavioral health services. That integrative approach is exactly how our new College of Health seeks to differentiate itself.

She also has two and a half decades of experience pioneering services; for instance, she developed programs to address disparities in children’s mental health and grow the number of licensed clinicians of color. She also reformed traditional county mental health services and showed counties how to work with health plans for elderly services across the state. She will work with various faculty in existing programs to develop new curricula, hire new faculty and cultivate health provider partners.

Hang earned her BA in psychology from Brown University, MA in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, and doctorate in public administration from Hamline University.

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