Program Details

NYSPMR faculty and alumni gather to celebrate the program’s 20th Anniversary, 2011


  • Graduation from an allopathic or osteopathic medical school
  • Board certification or board eligibility in an ABMS-recognized specialty
  • Unrestricted medical license in NY (must obtain by start of program if not already licensed)
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 fellows’ time in the program, but fellows 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.

Academic Component
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.
  • Many of the school's faculty are active public health professionals at the New York State DOH.
  • Fellows may major in a specialized track in Population Medicine and Applied Public Health or in any of the MPH program's concentrations, such as Epidemiology or Social Behavior and Community Health.
  • An important feature of the UAlbany MPH is internship rotations, which fellows complete during the practicum component of the program.
Practicum Component 
During both years of the fellowship, but concentrated in the second year, fellows 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 fellows. It involves hands-on experience at the New York State Department of Health and at the Albany County Health Department. Elective rotations are available at other government agencies, such as the Office of Mental Health or Department of Correctional Services.
  • Fellows complete 6 months of full-time practicum rotations divided between 2-3 sites.
  • Fellows 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 leading to a publishable report or professional presentation.
  • Other activities may include “integrative experiences” outside of the current practicum rotation, for example helping with emergency response to a disease outbreak or co-teaching an SPH course with a faculty member.         

Seminars, Journal Club, and Field Trips
Throughout the program, fellows participate in weekly seminars. Guest speakers from the Department of Health and other public and private agencies involve fellows in lively discussions of key public health issues.  A monthly Journal Club series gives fellows experience with rigorous methodological analysis of published research. Occasionally, fellows and faculty take field trips to sites throughout the state.

Pay and Benefits
The salary for first-year fellows (F-1) is $55,000 and for second-year fellows (F-2) is $58,000. Tuition and fees for the MPH are covered in full.

Fellows are eligible for health and retirement benefits offered to SUNY employees.