Mahidol University has its origin for the establishment of higher learning in medical practice in 1943 under the name the University of Medical Sciences. Later in 1964 the university was renamed by H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej with the vision accredited by the first administration for comprehensive academic institution. In honor of his Royal Father, H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej granted the name “Mahidol” with the emphasis that training health personnel should not only be in sciences and medical sciences, but that social sciences should be included as well.
In 1969, Mahidol University was officially endorsed by H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej along with the chartered of establishing Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities by the Prime Minister’s Office as the 12th faculty at Mahidol University.
In 1972, the university appointed Professor Chatchawan Osathanon, M.D., former rector of Mahidol University, as an interim and first dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. The first mission was to construct curriculum and provided general education for the undergraduate students.
In 1974, the Faculty was granted the permission to organize into three departments consisting of Department of Social Sciences, Department of Humanities, Department of Education and Office of the Dean. Thereafter, the faculty began to offer master’s degree and extended to other graduate studies until today.
In 1982, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is one of the first to move from Phayathai campus in Bangkok to Salaya campus in Nakhon Pathom province.
Currently (2016), the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities reorganized into 4 departments, 2 research centers, Office of the Dean, and one tentative office establishment. These units are:
Department of Social Sciences is responsible for providing academic teaching and research in the field of social sciences. The department offers 10 program including t3 doctoral degree programs, 6 master’s degree programs and 1 bachelor’s degree program. These programs are specialized in the field of Criminology and justice administration, public administration, environmental social science, and medical record.
Department of Humanities is responsible for providing academic teaching and research in the field of religious and ethical studies. The department offers 5 programs with 3 doctoral degree programs (including international program) and 2 master’s degree programs. These programs are specialized in the field of Buddhist studies, religions and development, ethical studies and organizational development.
Department of Education is responsible for providing academic teaching and research in the field related to population studies in 7 programs which are 4 doctoral degree programs, 3 master’s degree programs (including international program). These programs are specialized in the field of population studies, environmental education, educational management, and sports science management.
Department of Social Sciences and Health is responsible for providing academic teaching and research in the field of society, health, medical sciences and public health. The department offers 2 doctoral degree programs, 3 master’s degree programs (including international programs).
Medical, Public Health, Environment, and Sciences Law Center provides research services related to medical practices, public heath, environment, and sciences.
Public Health Policy, Welfare and Society Studies Center provides academic services and research facilities for evaluating policy related to health and social issues.
Office of the Dean provides services in supporting academic services and faculty administration. The office is divided into 8 divisions which are general administration division, fiscal division, educational and innovative learning division, strategic planning and quality assurance division, research and academic services division, student affairs and organizational communication division, international relations division, organizational development and human resources division, and information technology division.
Office of Research and Academic Services is a tentative program in establishment for facilitating the faculty in constructing academic research and services. The objective of the office is to provide research excellence that leads to just and healthy society.