Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a deadline for admission?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and are reviewed and decisioned as they are received. Students may apply to begin the program in either Fall or Spring, or request to enroll during January or one of the three summer sessions. While course offerings are flexible each year, it is recommended that prospective students apply with adequate time to register.
Can I transfer credits from a previous
graduate program? How many?
Students may transfer up to 9 semester hours of graduate work from a previous institution. MSCH faculty evaluate course equivalencies on a case-by-case basis.
How long does the program take to
Students progress through the program under the advisement of Community Health faculty. Full-time student take on 9 semester hours or more each semester. Part-time students enrolling in 6 s.h. each term may complete the program in two years.
When are classes offered?
Each class meets one evening per week (Monday through Thursday) for two hours, beginning at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30pm. Courses are offered throughout the calendar year, including Fall, January, Spring, and Summer sessions. Students have the opportunity to take classes in-person, through distance learning, or in a hybrid method combining both online and in-person sessions.
Can I take a course before I apply?
Prior to enrolling in the MSCH program, students may apply on a non-matriculated basis. This is an abbreviated application process that allows student to take up to 12 credits to be used for personal or professional development, as prerequisites for advanced study, or be applied toward a degree in the future. Please click here to download the application for non-matriculated graduate enrollment. Prospective students may also check to see course offerings each semester by clicking here and searching for courses under “Community Health–COMH”. All non-matriculated students register through the Office of Graduate Admissions under the advisement of the Program Director.
How are students connected with
All MSCH students are placed in an internship through one on one advisement with their program advisor. Hofstra’s community health program has a long-standing history with a wide spectrum of internship sites in the LI/metropolitan area, and it is quite possible for these employers to offer full-time positions to interns post-graduation. Students’ interests and long term career goals guide final placement decisions.
What if I don’t have any experience in
The program encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply. Indeed, the field of community health is multidisciplinary and requires expertise from all sectors and settings in health. As mentioned previously, all students have the opportunity to benefit from experiential learning through an internship placement to bolster knowledge and marketability. Students are also encouraged to connect with mentors in the field and in course instructors who facilitate networking opportunities as well. Lastly, programs for professional development are frequently arranged by the Department of Health Professions and across Hofstra’s community.
Are scholarships available? How do
Small merit-based scholarships are distributed on a competitive basis to eligible applicants. No additional materials are needed outside of the MSCH application in order to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to meet with representatives in the Office of Student Financial Services to inquire about need-based aid and other resources to finance their degree. Matriculated students may also apply for a variety of campus jobs, which are continually updated on Hofstra’s website. Continuing students may apply for additional scholarships and are alerted when this opportunity arises during the semester.
What is the average class size?
On average, there are 20 students per class.
What factors do you consider/what
qualities do you look for in applications?
All applications are reviewed holistically to measure potential for success in the classroom and in the field of community health. There is no particular background required, though the admissions committee looks for those whose professional goals connect well with the curriculum and competencies for graduation. Applicants are encouraged to describe their commitment to the field of community health within their statement of purpose and to expand on their goals and objectives for the future.
What are the job prospects in this
Job prospects are very good for community health professionals. Growth is being driven by an increased focus on preventive care and efforts to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors.