Our Students & Alumni

The Online MPH program at the University at Albany School of Public Health welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, including those with public health experience, those seeking a career transition, and those just beginning their public health journey. Students have ample opportunity to learn from their peers and enhance their public health education in a way that transcends the traditional classroom setting. 

Mandy Snay

Mandy Snay is a Registered Dietitian and NYS Certified Dietitian/ Nutritionist with 15 years of experience in the field of dietetics, holding positions in clinical nutrition, clinical management, food service management and public health. She completed the Public Health Fundamentals and Principles Certificate Program through the University at Albany School of Public Health in 2014 and is currently working towards her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Practice. Mandy is the Director of the Division of Health Planning and Promotion at the Clinton County Health Department in Plattsburgh, NY where she is involved in the planning, development and evaluation of the division’s programs and services and their implementation within the community.

What made you choose the Online MPH program at the University at Albany?

I chose the Albany online programs because of my familiarity with the University. Before applying, I had been able to take advantage of numerous webinars and trainings offered through the School of Public Health, which greatly enhanced my basic awareness of the field and purpose of its work. In addition, my work in public health had brought me in contact with several students and graduates of the program who had shared positive experiences.

How did the MPH program help you achieve your goals?

The graduate level work I have completed has quickly enhanced my knowledge and abilities, allowing me to successfully compete for management level positions within my local health department. I feel I have greatly benefited from having direct access to public health work and programs through my position at a local health department.

What advice would you offer to future Online MPH students?

While not all students will already be employed in the field or have this advantage, I would recommend they become familiar with their local health departments and community health efforts as a means of seeing how concepts are applied in the real world. I very often learn something in the evening from my classwork that I can find an application for the very next day.

Dr. Parth Shah

Dr. Parth Shah is a practicing dentist in New York. He received Bachelor’s degree in the field of Dentistry (BDS) in India. Upon successful completion of his undergraduate education, he came to the United States where he received professional dental training and education at New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. Parth graduated with Honors from NYU where he was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. His research interests include the application of public health principles in oral and craniofacial health, and evidence based practice in the field of clinical dentistry. Presently, Dr. Shah serves as a dentist in a hospital located in the beautiful North Country region of New York.

What made you choose the Online MPH program at the University at Albany?

Completely online and consistent with the in-class traditional MPH program, CEPH accreditation, innovative course structure, extensive support from renowned public health faculty, affiliation with the New York State Department of Health, and excellent practical internship opportunities available to the students of this program.

How did the MPH program help you achieve your goals?

My learning and knowledge from this MPH program has truly been helping me become both a skilled public health clinician, as well as a clinical researcher, through the effective utilization of peer reviewed health literature. The program emphasizes evidence based public health learning. Overall, the learning experience is unforgettable, and has opened career doors in the field of global health.

What advice would you offer to future Online MPH students?

Take a moment to speak with the faculty member/advisor to share your ideas and goals and ask questions.  Learn as much as you can from the faculty as well as fellow students coming with different backgrounds.

Julie Raway

Julie Raway is a Registered Dietitian and School Nutrition Expert. Since 2009 she has led the Rock on CafeTM School Meals Program, a service of Broome-Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY, that aims to enrich the educational process by providing a quality child nutrition program. Julie works with food service directors to ensure school meal compliance with federal regulations while also facilitating media relations and grants with community partners. Under her leadership this program has received national recognition from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for creating healthier school meals.

After earning her Bachelor's Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and attending Syracuse University completing a Dietetic Internship, Julie earned a Master of Public Health from the University at Albany to further expand her work into community health. Through her education and experience, Julie is a recognized nutrition professional.  Julie regularly speaks at various state and national conferences inspiring others to create healthy school meals and environments where students can learn and grow.

What made you choose the Online MPH program at the University at Albany?

There are three main reasons I chose the UAlbany Online MPH program: (1) Variety of classes that are offered and the topics of study appealed to me (2) Flexibility of the online format was ideal for my lifestyle as I also worked full-time and volunteer for organizations (3) It was recommended to me by several colleagues as an excellent program!

How did the MPH program help you achieve your goals?

I already worked in a related public health field that I enjoy, but completing the MPH program enabled me to expand my knowledge of the health field and better understand the community health work that I partner on.

What advice would you offer to future Online MPH students?

Online classes are great because they are flexible, but it is important to stay on top of assignments and communicate effectively. Don't be afraid to ask classmates and professors questions if content or assignments are unclear!