Degrees Offered

Masters of Science/Doctorate (MS, PhD)
Masters of Public Health (MPH)
Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH)

Masters of Science/Doctorate

The Master of Science (MS) and Doctorate (PhD) programs offer a broad perspective on political, psychological, and institutional issues with particular emphasis on analytic and quantitative skills. This "scientific" focus distinguishes the MS degree from the MPH degree, which is more general.

The graduate programs in Epidemiology are designed to develop skills and capability in the practice and teaching of this discipline. Students are able to learn and participate in epidemiology first hand from faculty members (most are employees of the New York State Department of Health with University at Albany appointments) who are actively engaged in the practice of epidemiology in addressing the public health problems and priorities of New York State. The major goal of the programs is to provide understanding of the theory, methods and knowledge of the science of epidemiology for students who plan to be employed in multiple settings, including universities, governmental agencies, health care facilities and private industry.

Master's of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree designed to prepare graduates to tackle real public health problems, as practitioners who can apply their breadth of understanding as well as some degree of expertise and experience in at least one specific area of public health.

The School's interdisciplinary MPH degree program allows students to apply cutting edge scientific and technical knowledge to preventing disease and promoting wellness through organized community efforts. The diversity and complexity of today's public health concerns require practitioners who understand the political, ethical, economic, and scientific concerns involved in addressing the great challenges to the modern world. The school's unique focus on linking academic studies with a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience necessary to meet today's public health challenges. All students participate in at least two distinct public health internships. To download a copy of the M.P.H. booklet with information on admission requirements and program of study, click here.

Doctorate of Public Health

The Doctor of Public Health Degree builds on and significantly extends the School's pioneering M.P.H. program. The Dr.P.H. aims to prepare leaders within the public health profession who will address complex public health issues by combining sophisticated analytic and research skills with a broad-based understanding of the political, scientific, medical, statistical, ethical and economic factors that contribute to health problems. The Dr.P.H. is modeled on medical education, giving students both intensive instruction and offering them the opportunity to do four internships, or rotations, through a range of public health programs. The doctoral internship rotations accomplish for public health students what internship rotations are for students in medical school, providing direct, hands-on experience in several areas within the field of health. The culminating experience for Dr.P.H. students will be a doctoral project that demonstrates the student's capability to take charge of a major public health problem using the range of skills acquired. Through its strong relationship with the New York State Department of Health, the School has access to countless research programs in all aspects of public health.

Dr.P.H. students will face a rigorous set of requirements. The program requires 78 to 81 credits beyond the baccalaureate, including 30 credits in six core subject areas considered basic to public health. These core areas are behavioral sciences, biomedical sciences, environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health administration. An additional 18 credits of coursework will be completed in Health Policy, Management and Behavior. In addition to the two three-month internships, which amount to 12 credits, the student will complete a doctoral project and dissertation, based on an extended internship of at least nine full-time months in duration in a public health program. To download a copy of the Dr.P.H. booklet with information on the program of study, click here.