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Health Science

Overview

Health care is among the fastest growing industries in the nation, and yet research consistently shows that we face a persistent and increasing shortage of doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other health professionals. That means there are extraordinary opportunities for talented, science-driven students with a passion for helping people. If that sounds like you, Hofstra’s Health Science program provides a strong foundation for advanced degrees in careers such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, nutrition, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.

You will gain a deep understanding of the evolving issues and challenges of modern day healthcare. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree can also pursue exciting career opportunities in schools, hospitals, clinics, healthcare agencies, and nonprofit organizations where they can find positions such as project managers, patient advocates, and fundraisers.

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.

We keep our classes small classes so you can build strong, mentoring relationships with your professors, and our location within an hour from New York City means there are a wide variety of internships, field experiences, and community service learning opportunities to build your resume and prepare you to join the next generation of health professionals.

Job prospects in health care continue to be very strong. Nationally, health-related careers represent half of top 20 fastest-growing occupations, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.

In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in allied health/health sciences earn an average annual salary of $68,417, and job growth for this major is projected to increase about 12.45 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Curriculum

In addition to biology, chemistry and other natural sciences, Health Science coursework emphasizes wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention while examining the bio-ethical and legal issues facing the global health industry. You'll also take course in the social sciences, humanities, and other liberal arts that will broaden your perspective and strengthen your critical thinking and communication skills.

The BS in Health Science is closely aligned with its sister program, the BS in Community Health, which is designed for students who wish to explore mostly non-clinical career paths such as public health or health administration. The overlap of health courses allows students 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.

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

BS in Health Science Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Health Science students at Hofstra are well-prepared to jump directly into the healthcare workforce or compete for entry into prestigious advanced degree programs in a variety of clinical professions. A student’s chosen career will lead to vastly different levels of expected income as they start and continue in their professions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages for some of the professions you might pursue are:

  • Physicians (Family and General Practitioners) $198,740
  • Nurses (Registered) $70,000
  • Nurse Practitioners $103,880
  • Physician Assistants $104,860
  • Dentists (General) $151,440

Recent alumni are working at a variety of prominent organizations including: Queens Hospital, CityMD Urgent Care, Americorps, Health Leads, Winthrop University Hospital, Mid Island Animal Hospital, Catholic Health Services and IBM Corporation. Those pursuing graduate degrees study at such institutions as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Columbia University, Yale University, Georgetown University, Fordham University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and Hofstra University.

100% are employed, grad school or both
88% accept a position within six months
$47K median salary
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What You'll Learn

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As a Health Science major, you'll:

  • Develop the analytical skills to understand and question how the American healthcare system works and how it can be improved.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge on a broad range of timely topics including drug and alcohol abuse, sexual health, and chronic and communicable diseases, as well as learn about current uses of technology in the healthcare workplace.
  • Explore specific issues of interest to you through faculty mentorship and 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.

Hands-on Learning & Clinical Experience

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Internships offer real-world experiences beyond the classroom and prepare students for professional careers. Students in the Health Science program are required to complete two internships, 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 volunteer events such as Give Kids a Smile Day, during which our students help low-income children get annual dental health education and screenings.

Among the places our students have recently interned are: Northwell Health; Nassau County Department of Health; Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Center of Long Island; Weill Cornell Medical College; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island; Dots for Tots, Planned Parenthood; Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc.; and Bethpage Physical Therapy.

In addition, you can meet like-minded new people, share ideas and organize service-learning opportunities through such health care-oriented clubs as Future Healthcare Leaders of Hofstra University, the American Medical Women's Association, Hofstra Global Medical Brigades, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students or Hofstra Health and Wellness Club, Participating in the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, or the Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Society, can also enrich your experience.

No matter what clinical profession lies in your future, Hofstra’s BS in Health Science program will ignite your passion to help and heal, and ensure that you are well prepared for the next step in your professional education.

Meet Catie Moulton

 
 

Learn how an internship with Health Leads at Nassau University Medical Center helped this health science major prepare for a career as a physician while also fulfilling her passion to serve others.


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