Public health is inherently a community-oriented endeavor. Its whole purpose is to improve health by identifying and addressing conditions in the community that affect individuals’ health – from increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to eliminating hazards in worksites. We are only as healthy as the community and the world we live in.
New York State Department of Health
| Acting NYS Health
Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker
This School was founded on a unique partnership between the New York State Department of Health
and the University at Albany. This arrangement greatly benefits our diverse student body. Two of our departments – Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences – are based in the health department’s Wadsworth Center laboratories. In all four departments, many of the faculty members are based at the Department of Health, working on a daily basis administering major health programs for the state of New York, or studying scientific or policy-oriented public health problems of national significance. Case studies discussed in the classroom frequently emerge from a faculty member's experience in the field. Students have regular access to these health experts as teachers, mentors and internship advisors.