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Program in Health Advocacy Graduate Studies Sarah Lawrence College

  • Bronxville, NY
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 100%0%
    student ratio
  • 29
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


Experiential Graduate Programs at Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College is a pioneer in offering an individualized liberal arts education where students and teachers work in close collaboration. Interdisciplinary programs offer extensive opportunities for experiential learning. Courses emphasize depth and rigor as much as student development, applied thinking, and creativity.

Sarah Lawrence offers 9 distinguished master's programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences, as well as 2 unique dual degrees. Graduate courses are offered in several different formats, including seminars, traditional classroom courses, conference courses, seminar-conference course hybrids, and independent studies.

Students also have opportunities to complete internships or fieldwork at sites located in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

An Innovative Master of Arts in Health Advocacy

In 1980, Sarah Lawrence College launched the nation's first Master of Arts (M.A.) in Health Advocacy degree program. The degree program is geared toward students interested in affecting positive change in the health care system. The M.A. program combines traditional academic coursework with analytical discussions, individual narratives, and the theory and practice of advocacy.

Advocacy careers can range from case-based direct individual services, to system-level policy-based advocacy activities, to community advocacy initiatives on behalf of specific populations.

Health advocacy graduates have taken positions at many prestigious facilities and organizations, including the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Montreal Children's Hospital, New York City Department of Health, Planned Parenthood, and the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Master of Arts in Health Advocacy Curriculum

The 48-credit interdisciplinary health advocacy program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. All courses are conducted as highly interactive roundtable seminars and meet only once a week on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Coursework addresses health care policy, advocacy and ethics, health law, the economics of health, and the history of health care in the United States, as well as physiology, disease, disability, and illness narratives.

Health Advocacy Fieldwork

Fieldwork is central to the program. Health advocacy students complete 3 field placements at locations based on student's individual interests and career goals. Fieldwork includes on-site supervised training, which allows students to apply classroom theory to direct experience in development of their capacity as advocates.

Sarah Lawrence's location north of New York City and adjacent to New Jersey and Connecticut provides students with a broad range of fieldwork placement locations. Health advocacy fieldwork has been completed at over 140 prestigious placement sites, including the American Public Health Association, Citizens for Disabilities, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Pfizer, and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Committed Graduate Faculty in Health Advocacy

Health advocacy faculty members are well known for their achievements in the field, as well as for their dedication to teaching. Professor Vicki Breitbart, director of the health advocacy program, has served as a researcher, program manager, and accomplished public-health leader during her 40-year career. Many of Breitbart's programs, including the first bereavement program in New York City for parents experiencing perinatal loss, have served as models for other urban centers across the U.S.

Professor Bruce Berg has published numerous articles and book chapters on bureaucratic politics, interest-group politics, the delivery of health care to the elderly, program evaluation, and New York City politics. Professor Laura Weil holds board positions for many professional organizations and currently serves as Patients' Rights Advocate for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes.

Financial Aid Opportunities at Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College awards financial aid to qualified applicants on the basis of motivation for learning, financial need, and the potential for active participation in the campus community. Many individuals and organizations have given money for graduate support in the form of fellowships, grants, internships, low-interest loans, and residencies. In addition, Sarah Lawrence offers student employment opportunities, which are designed to build overall career development skills and work ethics.

Graduate Student Life at Sarah Lawrence

Graduate student life at Sarah Lawrence aims to be as diverse as the college's 300 graduate students. There are many opportunities to get involved on campus, including positions on the Graduate Student Senate, service learning activities, community partnerships, and conference projects.

Sarah Lawrence College -- A Model of Progressive Education

Sarah Lawrence College has been a model of excellent academics in progressive education since 1926. The private, coeducational institution offers a unique approach to learning and teaching designed to develop creative and capable citizens with the skills and drive to make a difference.

Sarah Lawrence College is located 30 minutes north of New York City in Broxville, New York. The 40-acre campus is populated by historic Tudor buildings, which house the campus's classrooms, dormitories, and faculty member offices.

Location & Contact

Program in Health Advocacy

Graduate Studies
Sarah Lawrence College

1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999
United States

Vicki Breitbart


Phone: 914-395-2371

Mr. Emanual Lomax

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone: 914-395-2371

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Health Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 18
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesprevious course work in biology and microeconomics, minimum B average in undergraduate course work
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Female Percentage100%
    • Male Percentage0%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races7%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty11
    • Full-time Percentage0%
    • Part-time Percentage100%
    • Female Percentage73%
    • Male Percentage27%





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