What degree is best for me?

Public health is a growing and dynamic field of study. Professionals in the field can specialize and work in a wide range of areas. The University at Albany School of Public Health has offered graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral level for over 20 years. We have recently added several dual degrees in partnership with other schools, three graduate certificate programs, and an interdisciplinary faculty initiated public health major in the University’s undergraduate program.


Do you already have a specific area you want to learn about OR are you looking for a broad education in public health?

Are you more interested in a career in research/academia OR in public health practice?

If you said yes to the first option in the questions above, you should check out our intensive, focused academic degrees, the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

If you said yes to the second options, you’ll probably be more interested in our broad-based professional degrees, the Master of Public Health (MPH) or the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). If you’re interested in public health practice, but you aren’t ready to take on a full degree program, you should think about one of our graduate certificate programs.

Academic/research degrees:

The UAlbany School of Public Health offers the Master of Science degree in three academic departments: Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. The MS provides students with a solid grounding in research methods. After an MS, many graduates go on to pursue a PhD, or they take positions in scientific labs, in academic research centers, or in health department jobs that require strong research skills. Click the department names above to learn about each department’s MS degree program.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is available in three departments: Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. PhD programs prepare students for careers as independent scholars and researchers. Graduates lead research labs, teach at universities, work in industry, and direct scientific and epidemiological programs at state and national health agencies. Click the department names above to learn about each department’s PhD degree program.

Professional degrees:

Our flagship degree, the Master of Public Health (MPH), helps students become well-rounded public health professionals, ready to assume responsible positions in state or local health departments, health care organizations, or health-related non-profit agencies. It features core courses in six areas – epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy & management, behavioral science, environmental health, and the biological basis of public health – and upper level courses in an area of concentration, as well as hands-on internship experiences in a variety of public health settings.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is designed for individuals who have already been working in a public health for several years and who are ready to be leaders in public health practice. DrPH students take upper level coursework in epidemiology, environmental health, policy, management, and health behavior, while concentrating in one of those areas. In addition, the program provides focused leadership training to prepare residents for high-level positions in the field.


Undergraduate : The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Faculty Initiated Interdisciplinary Major in Public Health introduces undergraduates to all the core disciplines of public health, preparing them for further study in public health or related fields or for entry-level positions in state or county health departments.

Graduate Certificate programs : offer college graduates a unique opportunity for those who are interested in graduate education in public health but aren’t ready or don’t have the time to take on a full graduate degree. We offer three certificates, each consisting of 15-18 credits: Public Health Fundamentals & Principles , Public Health Surveillance & Preparedness , and Health Disparities.

Dual degrees : In collaboration with the Albany Medical College, the Union Graduate School, and the UAlbany School of Social Welfare, the we also offers a variety of dual degrees (MD/MPH, MS in Bioethics/MPH, and MSW/MPH) for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in two complementary fields concurrently.

Residency programs : The School also hosts two residency programs in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health. The New York State Preventive Medicine Residency program prepares physicians for leadership careers in public health and general preventive medicine, and the Dental Public Health Residency program trains dentists to lead dental public health efforts.

For more information about the types of degrees available in Public Health, check out http://www.whatispublichealth.org/faqs/index.html.