A Message from the Acting Dean
Welcome to the website for the School of Health Sciences & Human Services. Bringing together the fields of rehabilitation, counseling and therapy, physician assistant studies, speech-language pathology, audiology, public health and health management, the School offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate and programs designed to educate the next generation of practitioners, advocates, managers and health care policy makers. Through partnerships with arts and sciences, medicine, education, business, communication and law, The School of Health Sciences & Human Services provides an interdisciplinary environment where students learn to provide therapeutic and developmental services; prevent, diagnose and treat illness and disabilities; and design, implement, administer and evaluate health promotion programs, policies and systems. Health Science & Human Services offers several undergraduate programs that provide students with excellent preparation for work in health care settings and a foundation for graduate study in education and health related professions. Programs include study in the liberal arts and sciences to develop analytic skills, encourage critical thinking, and to foster personal development and engagement in the world.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science prepares students to study medicine, dentistry, nursing, nutrition and physical therapy, and the Bachelor of Arts is Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences prepares students to enter the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology. The Bachelor of Science in Community Health is designed for students interested in acareer in a community or public health setting, or for students who are seeking a health major as preparation for entry into a graduate program.
Physician assistants are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision and work in a variety of medical settings. Hofstra's Physician Assistant Studies program is designed to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to earn both the B.S. and the M.S., as well as to provide graduate instruction for post-baccalaureate students. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA, Inc.) and is registered by the New York State Education Department.
The rapidly changing health care environment needs leaders, policy makers and managers who conduct research, participate in essential community service initiatives, and disseminate information to change behavior and shape health policy. The new Master of Public Health (MPH) benefits from an outstanding Health Sciences & Human Services faculty, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine faculty, and faculty from North Shore-LIJ Health System. The graduate degree offerings in the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Science in Community Health provide graduates with valuable management credentials for work in the private and public sectors of the health services system.
Our graduate programs in mental health combine academic instruction with supervised fieldwork and prepare students to become skilled therapists and practitioners. Health Sciences & Human Services offers outstanding programs in Creative Arts Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling. Our Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) program awards students a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Creative Arts Therapy and provides license qualification in New York State and is approved by the American Art Therapy Association. The curriculum of the M.A. Program in Marriage and Family Therapy is registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying. The Counseling Programs prepare students to work as counselors and health service practitioners, and qualifies graduates for work in schools, colleges, community agencies, business, human service organizations, and their own practice; depending on the program, graduates may be eligible for licensure qualifying examinations. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program prepares students at the Master’s level to work with individuals with disabilities to achieve independence in vocational, personal, social, and psychological endeavors. Students are prepared to be eligible for the certification exam in Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) and/or New York State licensing in mental health.
Our graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The curriculum covers the full range of normal and disordered communication in children and adults and prepares students to work in educational and medical settings. Students who complete the program are eligible for NY State credentialing as Teacher of Students with Speech Language Disabilities (TSSLD). The professional doctorate in Audiology is designed to meet the requirements for certification by CAA. Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing loss and work in clinics, medical settings, schools, and in private practice. Supervised clinical experiences both on and off campus are important components of these programs.
In addition, Advanced Certificates and Professional Diplomas that provide specialized study for those who hold a master’s degree are available.
Please use this site to explore the many different programs Hofstra University offers in the School of Health Sciences & Human Services. You are welcome to stop by my office to talk more about our undergraduate and graduate programs, our facilities, internships and opportunities. I look forward to meeting you.
Ronald L. Bloom, PhD
Acting Dean, School of Health Sciences & Human Services
901A Axinn Library