Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow (PHLOT) Program

Launched in 2006 to strengthen the public health infrastructure across New York State, PHLOT provides tuition awards for local health department and NYS Department of Health staff, funding for University of Albany School of Public Health graduate students in practice-based internships, and professional development leadership training to prepare our next generation of public health leaders. 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a PHLOT Tuition Award, all applicants must:

  • Be a full-time employee at either a NYS local health department (LHD) or the NYS Dept of Health;
  • Pursue and utilize tuition assistance through their employer/union, if available;
  • Be enrolled in one of the following University at Albany School of Public Health Programs:

        Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals & Principles
        Master of Public Health 
        Online Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice
        Doctor of Public Health 

Tuition Awards

In-state graduate tuition awards are available to NYS LHD or NYS DOH employees only.

-Awards are first-come, first-served based on availability of funds per semester. 
-Awards are issued in the priority order below (determined between SPH and NYS DOH based on their funding agreement)

  1. LHD Directors who are required to complete the certificate, MPH, or specific coursework; 
  2. LHD staff pursuing a first graduate degree in public health (certificate or MPH);
  3. NYS DOH staff pursuing a first graduate degree in public health (certificate or MPH);
  4. LHD or NYS DOH staff taking non-degree courses with the intent to pursue a certificate or degree;
  5. LHD or NYS DOH staff registered for an independent study or internship (non-PHLOT funded)
  6. LHD or NYSDOH staff pursuing a DrPH or PhD

-Due to limited funding, tuition awards are limited to a MAXIMUM of up to three (3) credits per student per semester. Students are responsible for payment of tuition above and beyond the three (3) credits.
-Awards cover TUITION ONLY. All other fees (student/late fees, books, etc) are the student's responsibility.
-Students who drop or withdraw from courses after the last day to drop a semester length course will be responsible for payment of tuition and incurred fees for the dropped course. Unless you can demonstrate extenuating circumstances, future funding will be impacted.  This also applies to students who FAIL A COURSE while being PHLOT funded.

Application Requirements

Once accepted into a School of Public Health program (see "Eligibility Requirements" above for available programs) all interested PHLOT applicants must submit:

  1. A Tuition Award Request Form during each semester you enroll in courses;
  2. Documentation of tuition assistance pursued/used through your employer/union;
  3. Verification of full-time employment status (e.g., copy of ID, letter from employer)

Timely course registration and submission date of the Request Form also determines tuition awards.

Those who accept a PHLOT Tuition Award must review and adhere to the PHLOT Tuition Award Fact Sheet guidelines.  Changes in contact information or program status must be communicated to the Program Coordinator.

                                        For more information on PHLOT tuition awards, contact:

                                                      Susan Bernardi-Bain, Program Coordinator
                                             School of Public Health, University at Albany
                                                        One University Place, Room 118
                                                               Rensselaer, NY 12144
                                                                    (518) 408-2341




Internship Support & Stipends

The PHLOT program recognizes and supports the added value of practical, real world public health experience to the academic programs at the UA SPH. The experience gained by internships is immeasurable, providing mutual benefits to students and host organizations alike. In keeping with its central mission, PHLOT provides a number of internship stipends to students taking on selected practice-based positions each semester. Preference is given to internships based at local health departments throughout New York State, but other practice based positions at the NYS DOH and non-profit organizations are considered and funded as well, as funds allow.

Student Eligibility for PHLOT Internship Stipends:

  • Satisfactory academic achievement
  • Demonstrated interest in public health service at the local or State level   
  • Registration of the experience for University at Albany academic credit

Value of Internship Awards for NYS DOH and Local Health Departments
Internships provide excellent opportunities for LHDs and the NYS DOH to host students who have completed a full year of graduate coursework seeking full-time six to twelve week internship positions.
Students successfully matched with an internship may be eligible to receive a stipend through PHLOT at no cost to the host organization.

Potential mentors interested in hosting a student intern should contact:

Katrina L. Chamberlain, MS, MPH
Director, Internship and Career Services
University at Albany School of Public Health


Student Professional Development

The Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow Program is committed to strengthening the public health infrastructure of New York State through academic, practical and leadership training opportunities. PHLOT will provide stipends to support eligible University at Albany School of Public Health students to travel to local, regional and/or national conferences/meetings (particulary those with a governmental service focus) to encourage professional development. Preference will be given to students engaged in internships at either a local health department or the New York State Department of Health and/or to those students who are presenting findings related to LHD/NYS DOH internships. Priority will be given to SPH students attending their first conference.

Stipend funding can be used towards such expenses as membership/registration fees or costs associated with travel and accommodations.  It is the student’s responsibility to make all necessary arrangements to attend the conferences (ie travel, accommodations, registration, etc.)

Students interested in applying for a stipend will need to complete a Professional Development Application Form and provide supporting documentation in order to be considered.  Application forms and supporting documentation needs to be submitted by e-mail to Susan Bernardi-Bain, Program Coordinator.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the form well in advance of the meeting/conference they plan to attend to allow ample time to process the stipend.


Student Leadership Training

PHLOT supports professional and leadership development for all University at Albany School of Public Health students, including Local Health Department and New York State Department of Health staff by providing career related programs, events and activities during the academic year. 

Speakers and resources are available for students on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: resume and cover letter development, interviewing and networking skills, public health leadership, and professional etiquette in the workplace.  These programs are open to all University of Albany School of Public Health students, faculty and staff.

Fall 2014 Career Calendar

Spring 2015 Career Calendar (during SPH 680: First Year Seminar)


Funding for the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow Program is made possible through the NYS Legislature via an award from the NYS Department of Health.