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1 Master of Public Health at Hofstra University A partnership of Hofstra University s School of Health Sciences and Human Services and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

2 About the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Hofstra s Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers an innovative curriculum and advanced training for the next generation of public health professionals, preparing them to analyze and adapt to an increasingly complex and changing health care system. The program combines the expertise and resources of Hofstra University s School of Health Sciences and Human Services, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and North Shore-LIJ Health System. The program s interdisciplinary approach recognizes the contributions of other disciplines, including business, economics, education, law, political science, psychology, public administration and sociology. MPH program faculty guide students in applying newly honed skills through service-learning initiatives, course assignments, multiple levels of structured fieldwork, and participation in research and community-based projects. Students learn to effectively communicate and disseminate public health research to change behavior and shape health policy. The MPH program at Hofstra University recognizes its important role in the local community, and in a broader national and international dialogue related to public health issues and problems. The 42-semester hour program emphasizes critical understanding of the determinants of disease and health in populations; research skills; and the theoretical and practical bases for interventions aimed at improving the health of populations. MPH program faculty develop and strengthen students analytical, critical thinking and oral and written communication skills; promote cross-cultural competencies; and provide information literacy and technological skills that prepare students to become successful public health researchers, practitioners and policymakers, among other related professions. About Hofstra University Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, teacher education, engineering and applied science, health sciences and human services, honors studies, law and medicine. With a small average class size and low student-teacher ratio, the University features excellent facilities with state-of-the-art technology, extensive library resources, and valuable internship programs that match students interests and abilities with appropriate companies and organizations. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for successful futures. Located on 240 acres in Nassau County, New York, the University is less than an hour from midtown Manhattan. 2

3 About the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University, which welcomed its inaugural class in July 2011, represents a unique partnership between outstanding institutions. This union enables the School of Medicine to provide unparalleled clinical training, research opportunities and academic infrastructure for students. The integrated curriculum blends humanistic medicine with sophisticated science and molds students into caring, patient-centered physicians. Learning takes place both on Hofstra s campus in Hempstead, New York, and throughout North Shore-LIJ s vast health system. The medical school, located in newly renovated facilities on Hofstra s campus, features a 108-seat capacity Medical Education Theater; dozens of small group meeting areas; a state-of-the-art Structure Lab; Health Sciences Library; and full-service cafe. Additional learning sites include the world-renowned Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and North Shore-LIJ Health System s Center for Learning and Innovation, Patient Safety Institute, and Bioskills Education Center. About the School of Health Sciences and Human Services The mission of the Hofstra University School of Health Sciences 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. Using an interdisciplinary approach, partnered with arts and sciences, medicine, education, business, communication and law, the School of Health Sciences and Human Services offers programs that are responsive to the dynamic relationship among scientific research, policy and therapeutic practice in health care, community and educational settings. Through competency-based instruction, field experience and research training, students are educated to become effective and compassionate clinicians, evidence-based practitioners, policy makers, managers and advocates who promote health equity. Graduates are able to adapt to changing health care, community, and educational environments, and are dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of populations, locally, nationally and globally. 3

4 Program Highlights v Program faculty include clinicians, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, policy analysts and health care executives from Hofstra University s School of Health Sciences and Human Services, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and the North Shore-LIJ Health System. They are innovative leaders in their fields, whose combined decades of experience in community, government and private sector settings enhances the study of core disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy and administration, and social and behavioral sciences. v Experiential learning is integrated throughout the program, including a culminating internship experience in a wide range of clinical and community settings, such as health institutions, governmental health agencies, private industry, and community-based advocacy, education and service organizations. v To accommodate full-time professionals, Hofstra s MPH program may be completed on a part-time basis in less than three years. The program features a flexible instructional model that combines distance learning, hybrid courses, and traditional, classroom-based instruction, over eight semesters (summer, fall, and spring). v Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; however, most students are admitted for the fall semester only. Hofstra s Master of Public Health Program v Prepares students to conduct core public health functions for the purposes of improving community and population health. v Educates students about the scientific, community, political and social dimensions of public health research and practice. v Provides an interdisciplinary academic environment that fosters collaborative inquiry to address public health problems and support faculty and student research. v Collaborates with community institutions and groups on Long Island, in the region and across the nation to improve public and population health. 4

5 Admission Requirements Candidates should demonstrate strong evidence of quantitative skills and writing abilities, and a commitment to public health through previous course work, independent study, and/or professional experience. Applications may be completed online at hofstra.edu/gradapply. Admission to the program is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following: v A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. v Official transcripts for all undergraduate, graduate and/or medical school academic work. v A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all course work. v Three letters of recommendation. v Personal statement addressing the applicant s intent to pursue a career in public health. v Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. (MCAT, LSAT and GMAT are acceptable substitutions.) v For international applicants, TOEFL scores are required. The program director may also request an interview to further discuss a candidate s application materials. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information about the program, please contact: Corinne Kyriacou, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Program Director Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Community Health Phone: Program website: hofstra.edu/publichealth 5

6 Public Health as a Profession Public health is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to prevent injuries, illness and premature death; promote health and wellness; and prolong life. The Master of Public Health (MPH) program teaches students to understand and apply public health theory and research methods to improve the overall health of the community and population. At Hofstra, our mission is to prepare students to become dedicated, competent and ethical public health researchers, practitioners and policymakers who meet society s need to prevent and ameliorate local, national and global public health problems. Career Opportunities Hofstra s MPH program prepares students for careers in public health practice and research in community, government and private sector settings. Students develop highly marketable skills in core public health functions, such as assessment and research, program planning, evaluation, and policy development that translate well into a variety of fields and positions, including the following: v Director, Youth Advocate Services v HIV/AIDS Monitoring Specialist v Practice Administrator v Women s Health Policy Advisor v Director, Emergency Planning v Nutrition Health Educator v Research and Health Communication Associate v Director, Government Affairs v Health Economics and Management Consultant v Global Fund Program Director v Director, Results Management, Impact and Learning v Safety and Hygiene Officer v Corporate Director, Public Affairs 6

7 Our Faculty Ronald Burakoff, DMD, MPH, Chairman, Department of Dental Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System; Founding Chair and Professor, Department of Dental Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CDN, Assistant Professor, Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Director, Public Health Initiatives, North Shore-LIJ Health System Janet Dolgin, JD, PhD, Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University; Professor of Science Education, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Co-Director, Hofstra Bioethics Center Oonagh Dowling, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Department of Population Health, North Shore-LIJ Health System Lawrence Eisenstein, MD, FACP, Commissioner of Health, Nassau County Department of Health Martine Hackett, PhD, MPH, CHES, Assistant Professor, Health Professions, Hofstra University Jerrold E. Hirsch, PhD, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Program Development, North Shore-LIJ Health System Andrzej Kozikowski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Research Analyst, Division of Community Health and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine/Population Health, North Shore-LIJ Health System 7

8 Our Faculty Jeffrey Kraut, MBA, Associate Dean for Strategic Planning, Assistant Professor of Science Education, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Senior Vice President, Strategy, North Shore-LIJ Health System Corinne Kyriacou, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Health Professions, Hofstra University; Program Director, Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Community Health, Hofstra University Martin L. Lesser, PhD, EMT-CC, Research Professor of Molecular Medicine and Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Director and Investigator, Biostatistics Unit, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore-LIJ Health System Alicia McDonald, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Researcher of Epidemiology, North Shore-LIJ Health System Jacqueline M. Moline, MD, MS, FACP, FACOEM, Chair, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Vice President, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention, North Shore-LIJ Health System Joshua Moskovitz, MD, MPH, MBA, FACEP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; EMS Liaison, North Shore University Hospital Sarah Novak, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology, Hofstra University Renee Pekmezaris, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine and Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Vice President, Community Health and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System 8

9 Our Faculty Anthony Santella, DrPH, MPH, CHES, Assistant Professor, Health Professions, Hofstra University Johanna Shih, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology, Hofstra University Kenneth Spaeth, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Division Chief, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Chief of Epidemiology, North Shore-LIJ Health System; Senior Investigator, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Omolara Uwemedimo, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Population Health, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Director, Global Health Training Program at Cohen Children s Medical Center of New York, Division of Pediatrics, North Shore-LIJ Health System 9

10 Master of Public Health Advisory Board Gail Barouh, Long Island Association for AIDS Care Inc. Tavora Buchman, Nassau County Department of Health Raymond Fink, Public Health Solutions V. Elaine Gross, ERASE Racism Kemp Hannon, New York State Senate Jean Kelly, The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) E. Christopher Murray, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Charlene Obernauer, New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health Gwen O Shea, The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island Irwin Redlener, Children s Health Fund Theresa Regnante, United Way of Long Island Kathy Rosenthal, FEGS Health & Human Services James Tomarken, Suffolk County Department of Health Services 10

11 Questions/Notes 11

12 Hofstra University is committed to extending equal opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status in employment and in the conduct and operation of Hofstra University s educational programs and activities, including admissions, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. For additional contacts and related resources, see hofstra.edu/eoe :10/14

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