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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Community Health, BS Major in

Associate Professor Schwartz, Director

This undergraduate program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in a community/public health setting and/or students seeking a health major as preparation for entry into related professions. The goal of the program is to prepare scholar-practitioners who have a broad knowledge base in the concepts of wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention, as well as in community and public health services, and service delivery. Emphasis is also given to developing competencies in the assessment of individual and community health needs, as well as in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community health programs. In addition to the major in Community Health, students may pursue a concentration in Nutrition Science. Please refer to “Major Core Electives” (below) for further information.

The interdisciplinary approach of the program offers students, in addition to a comprehensive health core taught by specialists in their respective areas, a variety of courses taken in the departments of Psychology, Biology, Sociology, and Counseling and Mental Health Professions. Experiential learning is facilitated through two 3-s.h. field experiences.

Career opportunities for graduates from this program include: positions with federal, state or local governmental health agencies, private health organizations and voluntary health agencies.

Matriculation and Continuation Standards

Requirements for acceptance into the community health major program include: meeting Hofstra University’s general admission standards and an interview with the program director for advisement and scheduling. All community health majors must meet the following criteria to continue in the program:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in the following categories:
    1. All course work completed at Hofstra University;
    2. All required community health major course work.
  2. Recommendation of the major adviser.
  3. Recommendation of the Community Health program director. Final admission to the program is made by the chairperson of the Department of Health Professions  upon recommendation of the department faculty.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 128

Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:

1. The Successful Completion of at Least 128 Semester Hours

The successful completion of at least 128 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in work completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 62 semester hours must be in liberal arts.

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization, including a field experience (or its equivalent) and the last 30 hours. The 15 hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

Distribution of Semester Hours By Specific Area:

a) Major Core Requirements - Semester Hours: 18

c) Field Experience Requirement - Semester Hours: 6

Selected under advisement during senior year:


Students who can demonstrate an employment or other field experience in a health setting may substitute six credits of electives selected under advisement only.

d) Major Core Electives - Semester Hours: 17 Minimum

*Nutrition Science concentration

*To fulfill a Nutrition Science concentration, the following five Major Core Electives must be taken.

e) Liberal Arts Core Courses - Semester Hours: 39-42

English - Semester Hours: 6-7

Humanities - Semester Hours: 6

 One of the following:

Biology - Semester Hours: 9-10

Natural Science/Computer Science - Semester Hours: 6

Basic Statistics - Semester Hours: 3-4

Chosen from:

Psychology - Semester Hours: 6-7

Social Sciences - Semester Hours: 3

f) Liberal Arts/Free Electives - Semester Hours: 23

Liberal Arts/Free electives to be chosen under advisement (total liberal arts credits must be at least 62 s.h. after which remaining electives may be taken as free electives).