Health Policy, Management & Behavior Admissions

For more information on the application process please visit the main Admissions page for the School of Public Health.

Masters of Science (MS)
Masters of Public Health (MPH)
Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH)

Master's of Science

We are not taking applications for the M.S. program at this time. Please contact the Department for information.

Master's of Public Health
Applicants to the Master's of Public Health in Health Policy, Management & Behavior are expected to meet the following criteria for admission. These criteria are used as a guideline and may be modified in certain instances by the members of the Admission Committee.
Basic Admission Criteria

Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
- Grade point average of 3.00 or better
- A college level course in mathematics (algebra) or statistics
- A semester of social sciences

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. Scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be substituted for the GRE.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to be considered for admission. The minimum acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. At least one letter must be from a former university teacher.  

Statement

All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. There is no limit to the length of the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content. The admission committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but the degree to which the candidate's goals are appropriate for the program.top of page

 

All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. At least one letter must be from a former university teacher.   All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. There is no limit to the length of the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content. The admission committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but the degree to which the candidate's goals are appropriate for the program.
Doctor of Public Health

Students are admitted on a competitive basis. Only those with an M.P.H. from an accredited school or program or another graduate degree with substantial public health content will be considered. Some experience working in the field of public health is strongly preferred. The admissions committee will evaluate each application based on the applicant's demonstrated ability to excel at graduate work and evidence, contained in the application, that the applicant has clearly defined career goals that can be advanced by completing the Dr.P.H. program. Applicants should have met the undergraduate course requirements of the University at Albany's M.P.H. program. GRE and MCAT scores should be submitted, along with letters of recommendation and transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, as required in the University at Albany's graduate application. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, in accordance with University requirements.

A narrative statement of the applicant's career and educational goals and the objectives of his/her planned graduate study should accompany the application. This statement should include present or previous professional experience, the desired area of concentration and the area of interest for the dissertation. The narrative statement will be an important factor in reviewing the applicant's interests as related to the capacities of the School of Public Health.

If the submitted credentials are judged acceptable, the student may be invited to visit the School of Public Health to discuss his/her public health career goals with appropriate faculty members to ascertain whether the objectives for graduate study are compatible with the resources of the School. Those individuals who are unable to visit the campus are encouraged to discuss their objectives by phone with the program director and other faculty.

Applicants whose graduate academic experience is limited or whose career goals are not sufficiently well defined may be advised to enter the M.P.H. program to gain more knowledge and experience in public health before reapplying to the Dr.P.H. program.