Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
The mission of the University at Albany’s DrPH degree program is to prepare students for leadership roles in public health practice in governmental agencies, community-based organizations and other settings. Students acquire analytic, conceptual, and administrative skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the scientific, political, social, cultural, ethical and economic contexts within which public health problems occur and are addressed. As the terminal professional degree for public health practice (comparable to the MD as the terminal professional degree for medical practice) it provides rigorous training. The University at Albany’s School of Public Health, because of its strong partnership with the New York State Department of Health, is uniquely positioned to offer doctoral training in public health practice, combining a strong academic background in all the core disciplines of public health with a wealth of opportunities to gain program experience in one of the largest public health agencies in the world.
Making full use of the partnership with the NYS Department of Health, the DrPH program will provide a solid academic and professional grounding for students, preparing them to become leaders in public health practice. It is expected that faculty members who work full-time in the NYS Department of Health will serve as active participants in providing DrPH students with an enriching educational experience.
The unique attributes of the School of Public Health’s new DrPH program will set UAlbany apart from DrPH programs at other schools of public health. In addition to our being one of the only accredited schools of public health with a strong partnership with a state health department, the proposed program also incorporates a highly successful leadership institute. The program will be a model of excellence in professional education in public health.