Health Science

Hofstra University's Department of Health Professions offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. The program is designed for students seeking preparation for graduate study in a broad range of clinical health care professions including:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies

This undergraduate program integrates these components:

  • A comprehensive health core grounded in the concepts of wellness, health promotion and disease prevention.
  • A science core designed to meet all the prerequisite course requirements for application to medical school or other clinical study programs.
  • An underlying liberal arts core that encourages critical thinking and facilitates overall personal growth and development.

An integral part of the program is the clinical internship, which enables students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to practical real-life experiences. Internships are chosen from a list of approved sited – in consultation with the student's advisor – to ensure a challenging and rewarding experience.

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 wellbeing of individuals and populations.


All students interested in majoring in Health Science should complete Hofstra University’s online application or Common Application. Students should declare their intent to major in Health Science so the Center for University Advisement can inform the major program coordinator. In addition to meeting with an Advisement Center counselor, it is recommended that students also make an appointment with the Health Science program director to verify course registration. Acceptance into the major is granted upon the recommendation of the major adviser and department Chairperson. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA for in-major courses, science requirements, and overall.

For transfers it is important for to contact the Health Science 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 B.S. in Health Science degree requirements, please see the Curriculum page.

BS in Health Science »

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

Dr. Ibraheem Karaye, Program Director
Assistant Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-7226

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

Full Time Faculty

Jennifer Fragleasso
Director of Field Placement
Phone: 516-463-4622
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Ibraheem Karaye, DRPH, MPH, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-7226
Email | Bio

Sharon R. Phillips, PhD
Associate Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-4314
Email | Bio

Irina Sepulveda
Program Secretary
Phone: 516-463-2897

Adjunct Faculty

Arinayo Apara
Marjorie Bass
Rhoda F. Berkson
Aditya Bissoonauth
Claudia Boyle
Stephen Butkus
Isma Chaudhry
Lauren Ciuffo
Linda Demasi
Edward J. Diller
Dennis Dunn
Jennifer Fragliasso
Steven Frierman
Robert Gluck
David Hymowitz
Jessica Jaeger
Susan M. Karp
Freya Kaufman
Pamela Lefkowitcz
Carolyn McCummings
Giokazta Molina-Schneider
Matthew Morales
Michael V. Muccio
Mustapha Mustapha
Susan K. Paraspolo
Thanh Hgoc Pham
Anthony Porcelli
Jane Prokopowicz
Barbara Rakusin
Mark Richman
Keith Scott
Carol H. Waldman
Nathalie Zavala
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, 100% 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 median 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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Ibraheem M. Karaye, MD, DrPH, MPH, CPH
Assistant Professor of Population Health
Program Director, Health Science Program
O: 516.463.7226