Health Sciences Schools in NYC with Degree Program Overviews

The New York City area has three colleges that offer health science programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools, all within 30 miles of the central city, and make an informed education decision.

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New York City Health Science Schools

Health science programs near New York City are available at the associate's through doctoral degree level. This article explores three schools that are no more than 45 minutes from the city center and the programs they offer. It also contains a table of facts about each school that a prospective student can use to help them find their best option. This table includes information on enrollment, acceptance rates and tuition in a format that makes it easy to compare the schools.

  • Just six miles from downtown, students at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center have the option of pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in community health sciences or environmental and occupational health sciences.
  • CUNY Queensborough Community College offers an associate's degree in health science. This school is 17 miles from downtown New York City.
  • Hofstra University, 26 miles from the heart of the city, has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table presents pertinent facts that individuals should know about the schools they are considering.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center CUNY Queensborough Community College Hofstra University
School Type* 4-year; public 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014)* 1,865 16,182 10,953
Campus Setting* Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)* $11,474 graduate in-state,
$22,814 graduate out-of-state
$5,210 in-state,
$8,090 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)* 47% 76% 97%
Acceptance Rate (2014)* N/A N/A - Open admissions 62%
Retention Rate (2013-2014)* N/A 69% for full-time students,
50% for part-time students
80% for full-time students,
33% for part-time students
Graduation Rate* N/A 18%,
19% transfer-out rate
(2011 start date)
21% transfer-out rate
(2008 start date)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center features colleges and schools in medicine, nursing, health professions and public health. The School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public health with concentrations in community health sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences and epidemiology.

Master of Public Health - Community Health Sciences - Urban Immigrant Health

The community health sciences concentration is designed to train health practitioners in improving the health of communities all over the globe. Core requirements in the program include immigrant population health, urban health issues, gender and ethnicity in health and planning and evaluation. Electives offer students a chance to learn about community organization, HIV prevention, pediatric interventions, adolescent health and public health preparedness.

Master of Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Students enrolled in the environmental and occupational health sciences concentration focus on the control of environmental and occupational work hazards and how they impact human health. The program requires that students complete core coursework in occupational health, health aspect of physical trauma and environment and public health. Opportunities are also available to take courses in risk assessment, occupational and environmental toxicology and environmental health case studies.

Doctor of Public Health - Community Health Sciences

Doctorate students work with faculty members and conduct research on the health goals of local and worldwide communities. Courses in the program include methods of community intervention, research methods of public health practice and program evaluation. Students are also required to participate in a health promotion seminar. The program offers electives in health communication, models of health behavior, community health case studies and ethnicity in health promotion.

Doctor of Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

The environmental and occupational health sciences concentration teaches students to assess environmental and occupational hazards using epidemiological methods. Students learn how to create programs to prevent injury in the work place. The program requires that students take courses in food supply safety, environmental health policy, risk management topics and occupational health topics. Students also must participate in a field experience.

CUNY Queensborough Community College

Students at Queensborough Community College can pursue certificate, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate of Applied Science programs. These programs are designed for career preparation or transfer to a 4-year university. In addition to an Associate of Science in Health Science, students can also pursue programs in engineering science, science for forensics, biotechnology and nursing.

Associate in Science in Health Science

The Associate in Science in Health Science is designed to provide students with the first two years of education and training before transferring to a 4-year university. Articulation agreements are available with 11 schools; these schools offer graduates a chance to transfer into a Bachelor of Science in Health Science program. The specific coursework is going to depend on where a student is intent on transferring; however, all students must complete 60 credits and courses in health care delivery and national health issues.

Hofstra University

The Department of Health Professions at Hofstra University offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can pursue bachelor's degrees in health science and community health. Graduate degrees are available in public health, community health and health administration.

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

The health science bachelor's degree program teaches students about health promotion, personal development and disease prevention through classroom work and practical experience. The courses prepare students for medical school, graduate programs or career opportunities. Internships take place at approved sites. Career opportunities are available in veterinary sciences, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and nutrition.

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