Graduates Will Have Many Career Options within the Growing Healthcare Sector

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- For Hudson Valley residents seeking a career in one of many healthcare-related sectors, SUNY Orange now offers a Public Health academic degree program that will provide graduates with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue a wide range of professions.

In addition to being offered at SUNY Orange, the new Public Health degree will be partly available through the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, meaning regional students attending Rockland and Sullivan community colleges may also enroll in the program.

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 two-year program, which will result in an Associate in Science (AS) degree, is designed specifically for students to transfer to the appropriate upper-level college or university of their choice, 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 those general education requirements that would be included in the first two years of study at a four-year institution.

“The Hudson Valley is experiencing great job growth in the healthcare industry, and we expect that will continue for many years,” said Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “SUNY Orange has a rich heritage of providing quality education in highly specialized health professions like nursing, radiologic technology, dental hygiene and others. This new Public Health degree is a natural extension of our healthcare expertise that will serve a wide cross section of our students now and into the future.

“A Public Health degree may be a great option for students who are interested in a healthcare career, but may not be drawn to a profession of direct patient care,” Young adds. “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 program may contact the Admissions Office at (845) 341-4030. Current students should contact their advisor for more details on courses that may be offered during the Fall semester.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940