Those working in community and public health educate, motivate and empower their clients. Working under licensed health care professionals, they serve as a liaison between clients and the health care system, connecting community members with services and providing support for those navigating the health care landscape.

Coursework in this program will help you acquire a broad base of knowledge that spans health care, community health, health insurance, human services, health literacy and chronic diseases.

This degree program is for those interested in the field of community health who may have little or no background in the field or who wish to continue their education toward a bachelor's degree. The college also offers a Community and Public Health certificate program for students who have some background in a health care field and have completed coursework in a related area. The degree and certificate programs are the only ones of their kind in New York State.

This program is offered by the Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department.

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NOTE: Additional educational requirements and/or certifications may be needed for some careers.

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Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Patricia Hyland
CARDIORESPIRATORY AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
400 Jordan Road, Suite B (second floor)

NOTE: Please contact the Program Director, Robert Philip at r.philip@hvcc.edu, with any questions related to the Paramedic and Community and Public Health programs.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.