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.

Admissions

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. Israel M. Schwartz, Program Director
Associate Professor of Health Professions
Phone: 516-463-5813
Email

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 516-463-6700
Toll-free: 1-800-HOFSTRA
Website: hofstra.edu/Admission

Full Time Faculty

Jennifer Fragleasso
Director of Field Placement
Phone: (516) 463-4622
Email

Ibraheem Karaye, DRPH, MPH, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Population Health
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Sharon R. Phillips, PhD
Associate Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-4314
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Irina Sepulveda
Program Secretary
Phone: 516-463-2897
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Israel M. Shwartz, PhD, Program Director
Associate Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-5813
Email | Bio

Adjunct Faculty

Sophia Aidiniou
Michele Bayley
Stephen Butkus
Rhoda Berkson
Ann Burlein
Edward Diller
Dennis Dunn
Kathleen Dunn
Daniel Forsberg
Steven Frierman
Marlena Hamann
David Hymowitz
Susan Karp
Freya Kaufman
Pamela Lefkowitcz
Michael Ludwig

Nicholas Mancini
Carolyn McCummings
Matthew Morales
Michael Muccio
Susan Paraspolo
Jane Prokopowicz
Barbara Rakusin
Debora Riccardi
Danielle Piriz
Francine Raxenberg
Keith Scott
Kirby Veevers
Margaret Wayne
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 2017-2018 Hofstra undergraduates who majored in community health, 94% of the respondents report that within one year of graduation they were employed or attending/planning to attend graduate school. Among those 2017-2018 Hofstra undergraduates who graduated from the Department of Health Professions and reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $45,000.

Recent graduates work at prominent companies and organizations including:

AmeriCorps VISTA
Brooklyn Nets
Catholic Health Services
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Long Island Association for AIDS Care
Nassau County Department of Health
NYU Winthrop Hospital
S.T.A.R.S. Sports Training and Rehabilitation Services
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical Center

Graduates have also enrolled in or said they were planning to attend graduate programs at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Georgetown University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, New York University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, San Jose State University, Seton Hall University, SUNY College of Optometry, and University of California, Irvine.

Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 42% response rate for undergraduate students. 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. Israel M. Schwartz, Program Director
Associate Professor of Population Health
Phone: 516-463-5813
Email