Public Health

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The Public Health department seeks to educate students with a social determinants of health perspective; identify the economic and social context within which individuals make health choices; examine social forces (e.g. social class, gender, racism) that shape individuals’ destinies; and plan, implement, evaluate and advocate health programs and policies throughout the world.

The Public Health department has offered a B.S. degree in Public Health since 1975, with a focus on social determinants of health.

This 120-credit program prepares students for entry into a broad range of professions in public health at the local, state, and national levels.

Students from this program go on to graduate school in public health and other health-related disciplines, enter professions such as those in hospitals and local non-profit health agencies, and many go on to obtain training in health professions such as nursing, physical and occupational therapy and physician assistant.

Public Notice for Comments Regarding the Department of Public Health  

This notice serves to inform all students, alumni, faculty, staff, community partners, members of the general public and all stakeholders in the Department of Public Health at SUNY Old Westbury that the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) will conduct an accreditation site visit at the school on April 8-9, 2024. The visit is part of a multi-year process by which the Department of Public Health at SUNY Old Westbury is seeking re-accreditation.

All those officially notified here are invited to provide written comments on the program and its practices, procedures and policies at least 30 days before the site visit, or by the deadline of March 8, 2024. CEPH requests that all submitted comments be in writing and contain specific observations. Written third-party comments will remain confidential and can be sent to CEPH via email to Questions about the process can be directed to Sarah Smith at

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Council on Education for Public Health

The B.S. in Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Old Westbury's degree is one of fewer than 30 standalone degrees in the nation to hold CEPH accreditation.