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Brooklyn Campus Graduates Inaugural Master of Public Health Class


Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1418

Brooklyn, N.Y. – For the first time in its illustrious history, the School of Health Professions at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will graduate a group of students prepared to work in the public health practice. Public Health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promoting healthy lifestyles, advocating for “healthy” public policies and research.

On Thursday, May 12, seven Brooklyn Campus students will receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree during the Campus’ 10:15 a.m. commencement ceremony.

This first-ever class of Brooklyn Campus MPH graduates will join nearly 1,800 other students receiving degrees during the annual event, which will be held on the athletic field of the Brooklyn Campus in downtown Brooklyn at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and will serve as the commencement speaker.

Students in the MPH program completed a 42-credit curriculum and gained valuable field experiences at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Brooklyn District Public Health Office and at the Harm Reduction Coalition.
The Campus’ first group of MPH students are graduating at an opportune time. The American Public Health Association (APHA) has noted the nation’s growing need for public health workers. The demand for MPH graduates is growing, particularly in the government and health care sectors, said Barry Eckert, Dean of the School of Health Professions.

The mission of the MPH program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is to improve public health systems, infrastructure and workforce and help reduce the health disparities faced by people living in Brooklyn and the greater New York City metropolitan area.

The Campus’ inaugural MPH class includes Abigail Richardson, who received the school’s Academic Excellence Award in Public Health, and Sophia Amritt, the recipient of the school’s Excellence in Public Health Practice Award.
Richardson, who is from Queens, is an aspiring pediatrician and works for the Social Security Administration. She is also a member of the LIU Gospel Choir. Amritt of Brooklyn is an aspiring veterinarian and hopes to work in veterinary public health.

Richardson and Amritt were also inducted into the Alpha Eta Health Profession Honors Society. The other graduates are Onosiokeme Joy Aleoghena, Gregory Bayne, Ernestine Chiabi, Selina Kabir and Marcia Smith.

The MPH Program recently adopted a concentration in health advocacy, education and communication. Students are also trained to promote and protect the public’s health and prevent disease, disability, and premature death. Successful candidates for the program must have earned a bachelor’s from an accredited college or university and must fulfill the academic criteria for admission. More information about the program can be found at

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 05/12/2011

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