About the School of Public Health

The School opened in 1985 as a joint venture of the University, the New York State Department of Health, and later Albany Medical College.  This arrangement enriches the academic life of the School and benefits our diverse student body.   Most of the 200+ faculty members at the School have primary appointments at the Department of Health, working on a daily basis administering major health programs for the state of New York, or researching scientific or policy questions of national significance.  Case studies discussed in the classroom frequently emerge from a faculty member's long experience in the field.   Students have regular access to these health experts as teachers, mentors and internship advisors.  What's more, students have immediate access through the School to a vast array of internship opportunities, both at the Health Department and at a wide variety of other public and private institutions throughout the world.

Over 400 students from a wide variety of academic, racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled in academic programs at the School of Public Health.  We are always seeking to increase the diversity of our student body.  Dozens of students, many of whom work full time in professional careers, take courses at the School on a part-time basis.  The School offers MS, MPH, DrPH and PhD degrees, in the following departments: Biomedical Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology & Biostatistics; and Health Policy, Management & Behavior.  We offer three graduate certificate programs, two of which are available online.  The Preventive Medicine Residency program and the Residency in Dental Public Health are available to physicians and dentists preparing for leadership roles in public health.  In addition, we have recently added an undergraduate public health major, providing an interdisciplinary introduction to public health for interested undergraduate students.

Our School offers opportunities for research and practical experience that are rich, varied and virtually unlimited in their scope and possibility.  New York State and the counties in our region serve as a laboratory for the study of public health problems that affect our nation and our world.  New York is a melting pot of ethnic and racial groups from all over the world, so the public health problems of New York reflect the world's health.  Students of all ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply!  Join our community of students, faculty, and staff, committed to addressing the health problems of a wide range of social groups.

The UAlbany School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

We are home to the Alpha Gamma chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.  Delta Omega is a national organization that aims to encourage excellence in research and scholarship among graduate students in public health and to recognize attainment in the field of public health.