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School of Health Professions and Human Services Dean’s Welcome

Holly J Seirup

Welcome to the website for the School of Health Professions & Human Services. Bringing together the fields of counseling and therapy, speech-language pathology and audiology, public health and health management, and the health sciences, 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 Professions & 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 Professions & 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 in 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. Professional preparation in athletic training and the management of health care problems associated with physical activity may be obtained through the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of careers in the profession of exercise and health promotion.

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 Master of Public Health benefits from an outstanding Health Professions & Human Services faculty, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine faculty, and faculty from Northwell Health. The Master of Health Administration provides graduates with valuable management credentials for work in the private and public sectors of the health services system. The Master of Health Informatics program provides an interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in the delivery, management, and planning of healthcare services. The Master of Science in Sports Science is designed for students seeking advanced knowledge in sports conditioning, skill development and coaching. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy trains graduates to provide services to treat clients with injuries or disabilities and to promote health through the use of everyday activities.

Our graduate programs in mental health combine academic instruction with supervised fieldwork and prepare students to become skilled therapists and practitioners. Health Professions & Human Services offers outstanding programs in Creative Arts Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. Our Creative Arts Therapy program awards students a Master of Arts 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 Master of Arts 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 programs prepare students 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 Professions & 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.

Holly J Seirup, EdD
Dean, School of Health Professions and Human Services
Phone: 516-463-5301