Curricular Initiatives


The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell offers numerous learning opportunities that work in concert with the MD curriculum and allow students the ability to pursue a second degree, explore specialties, and delve deeper into areas of interest.

Students are eligible to apply for admission to the MD/MPH, MD/MA or  MD/MBA program during their third year. The goal of the joint degree program is to facilitate the attainment of both degrees within five years. Accepted students take an additional year between their third and final (fifth) year of training to complete the majority of their MPH or MBA course work. Most MD/MPH and MD/MBA students use a portion of their elective time during their final year of medical school to complete MBA or MPH course work.

Certificate programs allow students to show mastery of skills above and beyond what is required by the MD curriculum. While most requirements are fulfilled during the MS3 and MS4 years, students may have the opportunity to participate in these programs starting in the MS1 year

The Special Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound certificate program includes experience in a full scope of applications for medical ultrasound with a focus on point-of-care applications. Most of the requirements are completed in the fourth year and include an image portfolio, written exam, clinical exam, and educational project.

The Medical Spanish certificate program is available for students who wish to work toward improving health care communications with the Spanish-speaking community. Program activities include passing assessments and completing clinical requirements.

The Certificate of Clinical Bioethics is a nine-month program offered by the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and teaches bioethics through the lens of medicine, law, and narrative.

Longitudinal in nature, scholarly concentrations allow students to delve deeper into areas of interest and build on the existing MD curriculum. Scholarly activity occurs over all years of the MD program, culminating in a capstone project.

The IMPACcT (Improving Patient Access, Care, and cost through Training) program provides trainees with a mentored primary care experience that integrates education and clinical skills focused on patient-centered care, quality improvement, and population health in an interprofessional, team-based setting.

The Klar Leadership Development and Innovation Management program focuses on leadership, team building, decision-making, and innovation management, and introduces these topics to medical students through a variety of methodologies, including an eight-week-long summer experience, longitudinal mentorship, case study discussions, health care policy advocacy opportunities, and seminars.

The Humanities in Medicine (HIM) Scholarly Concentration allows Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM) students to undertake rigorous independent scholarship in cross-disciplinary fields of interest by studying biomedically relevant topics through the lens of the arts and humanities.

The Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM) Medical Education Scholarly Concentration is a longitudinal program that focuses on teaching and learning, curriculum development, instructional strategies, medical education research methods, and evaluation and assessment. The program introduces these concepts to medical students through a variety of methodologies, including an eight-week-long summer experience, longitudinal mentoring, workshops, participatory teaching within the medical school environment, and a capstone research seminar

Please visit the links below to learn more about plans of study, admission requirements, faculty contacts, and to request information.

School of Health Professions and Human Services Graduate Program Offerings

Graduate Nursing Programs

Physician Assistant Studies

Graduation with Distinction in Community Engagement: The purpose of the honorific award of Graduation with Distinction in Community Engagement is to recognize students at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine who have made significant impact in the community and progress toward a career as a social justice advocate. Distinction means that the work was community-informed and carried out in collaboration with and through the community itself. Impact is defined as the likelihood for the project to have a measurable, sustained, powerful influence on promoting the health and well-being of the community. 

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For more information on any of these programs, please contact:

Tiffany Jordan, Assistant Director of Dual Degree Programs and Curricular Initiatives, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Email: