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Health professionals become education leaders

HPPL first graduating class (left to right): Andrew Steele, Cheryl Taurassi, Elizabeth Fiorino, Maja Svrakic, Karen Friedman, Ethan Fried, Kathryn Mirra, Andrew Kanner, Razia Jayman-Aristide, Daniel Cannone, and Sandeep Kapoor.
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The Hofstra University School of Education’s new master’s program for practicing health professionals graduated its first class of 11 students in May. Among the graduates were a range of health professional practitioners specializing in pediatrics, internal medicine and other clinical specialties.

The Master of Science in Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership (HPPL) in the School of Education is a hybrid program designed to prepare clinicians for expanded roles as clinician educators. The program’s flexible structure allows full-time working professionals to earn a graduate degree part-time within two to three years. This MS program combines the expertise and resources of Hofstra University’s School of Education, the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Northwell Health to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience. All students complete a capstone project related to their discipline and education roles.  Read More

Pictured left, Dr. Hernandez.

Among the current class of HPPL students is Zucker School of Medicine professor and Plainview Hospital physician, Nicholas Hernandez, MD, who was recently a finalist for Northwell Health’s 2018 President’s Award for Physician of the Year. As a participant in the master’s program, Dr. Hernandez said that he was able to apply his knowledge to his volunteer work in Puerto Rico, as well as his roles in other clinical settings.  “The HPPL program has served as an incredible opportunity and tool to expand my role as a clinical academic professional.” Read More

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Adrienne Stoller

Adrienne Stoller is communications manager at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. For more information about news items or media inquiries, please send a message to or call 516-463-7585.

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