Community Health

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Community Health (BSCH) program is to prepare scholar-practitioners who have a broad knowledge base in the concepts of wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention, as well as in community and public health services and service delivery. Emphasis is also given to developing competencies in the assessment of individual and community health needs and in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community health programs.

  • The interdisciplinary approach to the program offers students a comprehensive health core taught by specialists in their respective areas, as well as a variety of courses taken in other departments.
  • Throughout the course of study in the program, each student has an advisor with whom he or she meets regularly for assistance in program planning, course selection, and overall academic advisement.
  • Hofstra University's commitment to the liberal arts and sciences further ensures that each student has the opportunity to complete a broad program of study in the humanities, natural and social sciences, as well as in his/her area of concentration.
  • Experiential learning is facilitated through two field experiences. Internship sites are carefully chosen to meet students' individual needs and interests, thereby maximizing the opportunity for learning and professional growth and development.

The program's goal is to educate students in a collaborative environment to assume and continue professional roles in the arena of health services and to advance their knowledge about biological, social, and behavioral factors affecting the health and well-being of individuals and populations.


All students interested in majoring in Community Health should complete Hofstra University's online application or Common Application. Students should declare their intent to major in Community Health so the Center for University Advisement can inform the major program director. In addition to meeting with an Advisement Center counselor, it is recommended that students also make an appointment with the Community Health program director to verify course registration. Acceptance into the major is granted upon the recommendation of the major advisor and department chairperson. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA for in-major courses and overall.

For transfers, it is important  to contact the Community Health program faculty to discuss potential transfer courses and credits in order to accurately and efficiently advise you regarding progression through the program.

For up-to-date information about the BS in Community Health degree requirements, please see the Community Health, BS Major in program page.

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The Community Health program is housed in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services, within the Department of Health Professions. Please contact the BSCH Program Director to make an appointment for major or minor program advising.

Dr. Sharon R. Phillips Program Director
Associate Professor of Community Health
Phone: 516-463-4314

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Phone: 516-463-6700
Toll-free: 1-800-HOFSTRA


Elyse A. Miller
Director of Field Placement
Phone: (516) 463-4622

Jacqueline (Jackie) Scarpinito
Senior Executive Secretary
Phone: 516-463-2897

Full-time Faculty

Ibraheem Karaye, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Population Health
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Sharon R. Phillips, PhD, Program Director
Associate Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-4314
Email | Bio

Dr. Irma Hidayana
Associate Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-5813
Email | Bio

Adjunct Faculty

Marjorie Bass
Rhoda F. Berkson
Aditya Bissoonauth
Ann Burlein
Stephen Butkus
Isma Chaudry
Lauren Ciuffo
Edward J. Diller
Dennis Dunn
Jennifer Fragleasso
Steven Frierman
Gianne Gerena
Robert Gluck
David Hymowitz
Jessica Jaeger
Susan M. Karp
Freya Kaufman
Corinne Kyriacou
Robert Lazow

Pam Lefkowicz (Smith)
Chris Long
Gail Marcus
Carolyn McCummings
Giokazta Molina-Schneider
Matthew Morales
Michael V. Muccio
Susan K. Knapp
Thanh Hgoc Pham
Ofra Pottorf
Jane Prokopowicz
Barbara Rakusin
Mark Richmon
Keith Scott
Kirby Veevers
Carol Waldman
Lana Zinger

Hofstra Health and Wellness Club
This organization seeks to raise funds and spread awareness on campus for both local and global health issues.

Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Society 
The mission of the honorary society is promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally prepared men and women in Health Education.

Among 2019-2020 Hofstra undergraduates who majored in community health, 98% of the respondents report that within one year of graduation they were employed or attending/planning to attend graduate school. Among those 2019-2020 Hofstra undergraduates who graduated from the Department of Health Professions and reported salary, the mean annual self-reported salary was $48,000.

Recent graduates work at prominent companies and organizations including:

  • CityMD Urgent Care
  • Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc.
  • Equinox Fitness Club
  • Hackensack UMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Long Island FQHC Inc.
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Nassau County Department of Health
  • Northwell Health

Graduates have also enrolled in or said they were planning to attend graduate programs at Albany Medical College, Boston University, Drexel University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Icahn School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, New York University, and Yale University.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,425 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2019-May 2020, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 69% of the 2019-2020 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and is based upon a 47% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

To see the alumni outcome reports in its entirety, and all available data, go to the institutional research page.

Outcome for Individual Undergraduate Major in the Department of Health Professions » Graduate Alumni Outcomes »


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Dr. Sharon R. Phillips, Program Director
Associate Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-4314

Dr. Irma Hidayana
Assistant Professor
Community Health Program Department of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-5813