New public health degree option at Rockland

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A new associate’s degree in Public Health now available at Rockland Community College provides students with the necessary educational background to pursue a wide range of healthcare careers.

The two-year program, which culminates in an Associate in Science (AS) degree, is designed specifically for students to transfer to a four-year college or university, where they can complete a bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field of study. The curriculum includes core courses in public health along with the general education requirements that would be included in the first two years of study at a four-year institution.

Public health professionals work within a variety of settings, including state and local health departments, hospitals, workplace wellness programs, government agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, and international development agencies.

The degree is offered by SUNY Orange County Community College through the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, and is available online to Rockland Community College students.

“Thanks to the steady job growth in the healthcare industry in our area, a Public Health degree is an excellent option for students interested in a healthcare career outside of direct patient care,” said Dr. Cliff L. Wood, RCC President. “This program will help students build a broad base of healthcare knowledge, and introduce them to a variety of healthcare careers.”

Prospective students interested in the Public Health degree should contact Admissions at 845-574-4224 or


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