May 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

School of Health Professions and Human Services

Office: Room 118 Hagedorn Hall
Telephone: 516-463-5318

Holly J. Seirup, Dean
Jacklyn T. Kuehn, Associate Deanof Academic and Student Affairs
Susan M. Madden, Senior Assistant Dean of Administration and Budget
Nicolle Tumminelli, Senior Assistant Dean of Recruitment and External Relations
Anthony Porcelli, Assistant Dean of Communication, Advancement and Engagement
Ariana Murphy, Assistant Dean of Accreditation and Assessment 
Halee Rischert, Assistant Dean of Graduate Recruitment


The mission of the Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Human Services is to educate students in the theory and practices of their specialized area of study, with a strong foundation in the natural, social and behavioral sciences. Through competency-based instruction, field experience and research training, students are educated to become effective and compassionate clinicians, evidence-based practitioners, policymakers, managers and advocates who promote health equity. Students learn to provide therapeutic and developmental services; prevent, diagnose and treat illness and disabilities; and design, implement, administer and evaluate health promotion programs, policies and systems. Students receive clinical education in approaches that maximize occupational, communicative, biological, psychological, social and interpersonal development across the lifespan. Students are prepared to work in settings that include the home, the school, the clinic, the hospital and other health care facilities, the work place, the government and community agencies. The School of Health Professions and Human Services serves as a community resource by offering continuing education opportunities, promoting collaborative clinical and research initiatives, advocating for underserved populations, and providing services that model best practices.


The Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Human Services will become a nationally recognized interdisciplinary center of excellence. Health Professions and Human Services will be partnered with arts and sciences, medicine, education, business, communication and law to develop programs that are responsive to the dynamic relationship among scientific research, policy and therapeutic practice in health care, community and educational settings. Undergraduate and graduate students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to conduct and translate research into evidence-based practice for culturally and linguistically diverse individuals across the lifespan. Students will become reflective clinicians and practitioners, researchers, educators, advocates and leaders who are well versed in theory, ethics, policy and best clinical practices. Graduates will be able to adapt to the changing health care, community, and educational environments and, be dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of populations, locally, nationally and globally.

Our Programs

The School of Health Professions and Human Services offers several undergraduate programs that provide students with excellent preparation for work in health care settings and a foundation for graduate study in health-related professions. Programs include study in the liberal arts and sciences to develop analytic skills, encourage critical thinking, and foster personal development and engagement in the world.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science prepares students to study medicine, dentistry, nursing, nutrition and physical therapy; the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is designed to develop future professionals in the field of athletic training and prepares students to manage health care problems associated with physical activity; the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of careers in exercise and health promotion such as Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning, and Group Exercise Leadership; the Bachelor of Arts is Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences prepares students to enter the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology; and the Bachelor of Science in Community Health is designed for students interested in a career in a community or public health setting, or for students who are seeking a health major as preparation for entry into a graduate program.

We also offer five minor programs of study: Community Health , Exercise Science , Human Services , Nutrition Science , and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences .

Policy on Ethical and Professional Performance

Students are expected to behave in an ethical and professional manner according to the guidelines for student conduct and academic honesty at Hofstra University and to the professional standards identified in their respective programs in the School of Health Professions and Human Services. Satisfactory interpersonal behavior and professional performance in classes and meetings, internships, and practica are expected.  If a report is received concerning an ethics violation, or an incident of inappropriate behavior as defined by the individual program handbook and/or Student Judicial Code, established procedures will be followed to investigate the issue and determine the course of action. A written remedial plan, including designated corrective action, may be instituted at the discretion of the program director.

It is our policy that if a student is dismissed from one placement before and/or during the semester of internal and external placements, that student may be counseled or dismissed from the program.  If the student is dismissed from two placements, this will constitute being dismissed from the program.  In addition, the program requirements will not be met and the student will not be recommended for certification by Hofstra University.