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Health care has become one of the nation's biggest industries and that growth brings with it new challenges that takes the work of more than doctors, nurses and other patient-care professionals to meet. It takes people with the dedication and drive to bring order to a sometimes-chaotic collection of environmental, social, and economic resources to promote and sustain the emotional and physical well-being of individuals and communities. If you have the right combination of science and organizational skills, coupled with a passion to help people live better, healthier lives, you might be the ideal candidate for Hofstra's BS in Community Health program.

The BS in Community Health degree is an excellent choice for those who are interested in pursuing a career in the health arena but want to leave their options open. As a student in our interdisciplinary Community Health program, you will build a strong foundation in wellness, health promotion and disease prevention, as well as in the planning, implementation and evaluation of community health programs. You will learn the science of health care, but also gain critical perspective on global health care issues through deep study in the humanities and social sciences. As you advance your understanding of the biological, social, and behavioral factors affecting public health, you will find yourself equipped to work for government agencies, corporate wellness programs, nonprofits, hospitals, and community clinics, among other places. You will also be well-prepared to pursue advanced degrees in public health, health administration, and other programs that will help you ascend the ranks of health care management.

The university is steeped in nearly all aspects of the industry, largely because of a unique relationship with Northwell Health, one of the country's largest healthcare systems and our partner in the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. With so many disciplines, such a talented faculty, and such a variety of students all pursuing careers in health, you'll find yourself in great company throughout your time here.

What's more, having so many health-related programs in one place means there are more than enough special conferences, guest lecturers and other offerings to add dimension to your educational experience, as well as ensuring that you are taught by the ideal blend of full-time faculty members and working professionals.

Job prospects in health care continue to be very strong. Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent by 2026 - much faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And health-related careers represent half of top 20 fastest-growing occupations in the nation, federal data shows.


Community Health majors gain working knowledge of timely topics including drug and alcohol abuse, the sexual health life cycle, and chronic and communicable diseases, while also examining the ethical and legal issues facing the modern-day healthcare field. A strong emphasis in the liberal arts and sciences, with courses in biology, psychology, and statistics, will also broaden your perspective and strengthen your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative reasoning. The University also offers a graduate degree in public health.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Community Health Requirements

You'll build the skills to analyze health data and plan, implement, and evaluate community health programs, while developing an understanding of the connection between health inequities and social justice issues such as racism and poverty on a local, national, and global level. ANd you'll have the opportunity to explore specific issues of interest to you through faculty mentorship and almost 30 elective courses on topics such as aging and long-term care, violence in children/families, mental health, global health, women's reproductive health, and grant funding and proposal development.

The BS in Community Health is closely aligned with its sister program, the BS in Health Science, which is designed for students who wish to pursue clinical tracks such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, or physician assistant studies. The overlap of health courses allows you to switch majors with simple adjustments, giving you greater flexibility to shift your career goals with little or no loss of time or tuition.

Hofstra also offers minors in community health, exercise science, human services, nutrition science, and speech-language-hearing sciences.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Recent Community Health alumni work at a range of prestigious organizations, including: Northwell Health, Nassau County Department of Health, Planned Parenthood, Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Aurora Health Care, Catholic Health Services, Docs for Tots, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and other prominent organizations. Those pursuing graduate degrees study at institutions such as Columbia University, Yale University, Georgetown University, Fordham University and Hofstra University.

100% are employed, grad school or both
85% accept a position within six months
$45K median salary
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Internships offer real-world experiences beyond the classroom and prepare students for professional careers. Students in the Community Health program are required to complete two internships (six credits), which are carefully chosen to maximize opportunities for learning, networking, professional growth, and development.

Students also have the option to do one-credit service learning opportunities in which they commit to performing 20 hours of service, both on- and off-campus. You can consider working for local organizations for a semester or participating in singular volunteer events such as Give Kids a Smile Day, during which our students help low-income children get annual dental health education and screenings.

Your faculty advisor will work closely with you to identify internship opportunities that best suit your abilities and career goals. Our students have recently interned with Northwell Health; Nassau County Department of Health; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island; Long Island Against Domestic Violence; Planned Parenthood; Bristal Assisted Living; Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc.; Habitat for Humanity; and the NYC Department of Education.

In addition, you can enrich your experience, share ideas and organize service-learning opportunities through such health care-oriented clubs as Future Healthcare Leaders of Hofstra University, the Hofstra Health and Wellness Club, which raises funds and spreads awareness of local health issues, the Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Society, and the Center for Civic Engagement, which brings light to social justice issues such as poverty and racism that are strongly tied to health inequities.

For the right person, a career in the wide-ranging fields comprising community health offers the ideal combination of job security, pay potential, opportunity for advancement and the knowledge that your work truly makes a difference in people's lives.

Meet Laraib Humayun


Laraib Humayun has always wanted to help people, but she was unsure of her career path until a Hofstra professor introduced her to community health. She developed a passion for the field, and was soon hired as an undergraduate research assistant by that same professor. She talks about how she developed her professional skills and got the opportunity to co-author a study that was published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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