The MPH program teaches students how to conduct quality health research, participate in essential community service initiatives, and effectively communicate and disseminate public health research to change behavior and shape health policy. The MPH program at Hofstra University recognizes its important role in the local community, and in a broader national and international dialogue related to public health issues and problems.
Experiential learning is facilitated through a culminating internship experience (MPH 230), thereby maximizing the opportunity for learning and professional growth and development. Students can choose from a variety of exciting internship placements in such settings as health institutions, governmental health agencies, private industry, and community-based advocacy, education and services organizations.
Selected MPH Internship Sites:
- Northwell Health – various departments
- Nassau County Department of Health – various departments
- New York State Department of Health – HIV Bureau
- Long Island Federally Quality Health Centers
- Public Health Solutions – NYC
- Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
- International Sites – Pediatric Clinics in Dominican Republic and Kenya
Hofstra University offers four different Culminating Experience (CE) options for MPH students. Each option provides the opportunity to develop expertise in a specific topic area, demonstrate research methods skills, and make a contribution to the field of public health: 1) Research Manuscript (~15-20 pages) that can be submitted for publication and/or presentation at a professional conference; 2) Grant proposal (~15-20 pages) that uses new data analyses and that can be submitted for funding (for additional research or for a new program); 3) Program Plan (~15-20 pages) that uses new data analyses, and that can be submitted for funding (for additional research or for a new program); or, 4) Analytical Literature Review (~20-25 pages) - a scholarly paper that analyzes current knowledge as well as theoretical and methodological contributions to a particular health topic using secondary sources. As part of the CE process, students are required to complete human subjects ethics training; an IRB proposal; an oral presentation at the MPH Student Symposium; a self-assessment and exit interview with the Program Director.