Public Health

Associate of Science

School: Nursing, Health and Wellness

Dean: Kathleen Hopkins,

Support Staff: Lori Jelen,

Location: Technology Center, Room 8210, Phone: 845-574-4222


Degrees Offered:

Program Goals:

The degree will provide students with a solid foundation in the core Public Health curriculum enabling students to successfully transfer to a four-year degree program in Public Health.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define public health and related roles and responsibilities of government, non-government agencies, and private organizations
  • Describe risk factors and modes of transmission for infectious and chronic diseases and how these diseases affect both personal and population health
  • List the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional, and global populations
  • Discuss the role of gender, race, ethnicity, and other evolving demographics in affecting population health
  • Discuss major local, national, and global health challenges
  • Describe how the methods of epidemiology and surveillance are used to safeguard the population's health
  • Communicate health information to a wide range of audiences through an array of media
  • Conduct a literature search on a health issue using a variety of academic and public resources
  • Recognize the impact of policies, laws, and legislation on both individual and population health
  • Analyze ethical concerns and conflicts of interest that arise in the field of public health