Faculty and alumni gather to celebrate the NYSPMR program’s 20th Anniversary, 2011
Before admission, residents must have completed at least two years of ACGME accredited clinical training, preferably in a primary care field.
Academic and Practicum Years
Academic and practicum work are generally separated into an Academic Year and a Practicum Year. Academic and practicum work can be completed concurrently, spread throughout the residents’ time in the program, but residents who choose that option should finish as many MPH courses as possible before beginning practicum rotations to maximize their ability to undertake significant practicum projects.
The academic portion of the program leads to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University at Albany School of Public Health (SPH), one of the program's co-sponsors.
- The SPH is a joint venture of the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health.
- Residents may major in any of the academic departments or choose an interdisciplinary major in Preventive Medicine or in the School's new fully online MPH in Public Health Practice.
- Many of the school's faculty are active public health professionals at the New York State DOH.
- An important feature of the UAlbany MPH is internship rotations, which residents complete during the practicum component of the program.
During both years of the residency, but concentrated in the second year, residents complete practicum rotations that allow them to apply public health principles they learn in MPH coursework to real-world challenges, gaining experience in a variety of settings. The practicum experience is tailored to meet the interests and goals of individual residents. It involves hands-on experience at the New York State Department of Health and at either the Albany County Health Department or Schenectady County Public Health Services. Elective rotations are available at other government agencies, at the Whitney M. Young Jr. Community Health Center, at the American Cancer Society, and at other non-profit organizations in the area.
Rotations in other settings, e.g. managed care organizations, voluntary health agencies, or prison health, can be arranged to meet the resident's particular interests.
- Residents generally complete 3-4 rotations lasting 3-4 months each, including at least 3 months at the state health department and at least 3 months at one of the local health departments.
- Residents take an active role in the work of the agency to which they are assigned, assuming responsibility for some aspects of program functioning, and conducting at least one investigation or analysis during the year leading to a publishable report.
- Other activities may include “integrative experiences” outside of the current practicum rotation, for example helping with emergency response to a disease outbreak.
Working with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services, a federally qualified health center in downtown Albany, the NYSPMR has developed a longitudinal rotation to help residents gain skills in quality improvement and clinical preventive care. The clinical rotation is strongly encouraged, particularly for residents with limited clinical background.
Residents undertake QI projects at the community health center to increase the rate of cancer screening, reduce the prevalence of tobacco use, increase vaccination rates, and improve control of hypertension and diabetes. In addition, they develop 1:1 patient care skills in motivational interviewing and behavioral counseling, and they promote prevention through group visits and telephone follow up.
Seminars, Journal Club, and Field Trips
Throughout the program, residents participate in weekly residency seminars. Guest speakers from the Department of Health and other public and private agencies involve residents in lively discussions of key public health/preventive medicine issues. Second year residents give occasional seminar presentations about their practicum rotations. A monthly Journal Club series gives residents experience with rigorous methodological analysis of published or current research. Several times a year, residents and faculty take field trips to sites throughout the state. Recent trips have included the following:
- The United Nations, New York City
- Hudson Headwaters Health Network, an exemplary rural health system, serving New York's Adirondack Park Region
- Coxsackie Correctional Center, a maximum security state prison that houses a Regional Medical Unit
- NYS Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2. Residents learned about disaster response and occupational hazards for human and canine first responders (injuries, chemical exposures etc.)
- Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
- New York State Office of Emergency Management command center, the “State Bunker”
- New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
For more on our trips, click here to check out "Residents on the Road".
Pay and Benefits
The salary for first-year residents (PMR-1) is $39,000 and for second-year residents (PMR-2) is $43,000. Tuition and fees for the MPH are covered in full.
Residents are allowed 15 vacation/personal days and 10 sick days per year.
Residents are eligible for health and retirement benefits offered to SUNY employees or SUNY Research Foundation employees (depending on their funding source). In the unlikely event of a malpractice claim, residents are indemnified by New York State as described in the Public Officers Law.
For additional details about the program, click here to view our Resident Handbook and Resident Progress Record.
For answers to the most common questions about the program, click here.
NOTE: This webpage is currently under construction; we are updating program details. Please contact Irina Khmelnitsky if you cannot find the information you are looking for.