Dec 03, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Foundations of Public Health, Adv. Cert.

Associate Professor HackettGraduate Program Director, 516-463-6517

Public health is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to prevent injuries, illness and premature death, promote health and wellness, and prolong life at the group, community and population levels.

The Advanced Certificate in Foundations of Public Health is intended for professionals working in a public health agency or organization, or professionals in a related health or human services field who wish to gain the skills and evidence-based approaches used in the profession of public health.

To earn the advanced certificate, students will be required to complete 12 semester hours (4 courses) in addition to attending a mandatory prerequisite Foundations of Public Health Seminar.  The 12 semester hours may be applied as transfer credit to the Hofstra MPH program.

Hofstra’s MPH program is 42 semester hours and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  It emphasizes both the theoretical foundations of public health as well as its practical application. Students are trained to understand, conduct, interpret, and apply public health research, to assess public health problems in communities, to apply health education and social science theory to developing interventions to improve community health, and to understand the role of public health within society.

On average, advanced certificate students complete this program in one academic year.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  3. A personal interview with a faculty member.
  4. A detailed resume including related professional experience.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, one from an academic source and one from a professional source.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 12

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all program requirements.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year(s).

This program will cost $17,458 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  (Estimates include costs of books, supplies and equipment.)

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with NA of debt.  (The median cumulative amount of debt for all Title IV students includes private, institutional, and Federal student debt for students who received Title IV aid at any point in the program.)  *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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This program has passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education.