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Undergraduate Bulletin 2007-2008
 
Bulletin Homepage |School of Public Health | Bulletin Information

School of Public Health

Dean

Philip Nasca, Ph.D.
State University of New York at Buffalo

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Mary Applegate, M.D., M.P.H.
Johns Hopkins University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Associate Dean for Research and Distinguished Professor

Edward Hannan, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Professors

Edward Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Yale University

Laurence Kaminsky, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Cape Town University

Lawrence Schell, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Bonnie Steinbock, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Howard Stratton, Ph.D.
University of California Riverside

Igor Zurbenko, Ph.D.
University of Moscow

Associate Professors

Donna Armstrong, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Diane Dewar, Ph.D.
University at Albany, SUNY

James Dias, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Washington State University

Mary Gallant, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior
University of Michigan

Timothy Hoff, Ph.D.
University at Albany, SUNY

Louise-Anne McNutt, Ph.D.
University of Iowa

Shadi Saleh, Ph.D.
University of Iowa

David S. Strogatz, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clinical Associate Professors

Carol Young, Ph.D.
Cornell University

Dwight Williams, M.S.W.
Rutgers University

Assistant Professors

Erin Bell, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Irina Birman, Ph.D.
Moscow Agricultural University

Kirsten Davison, Ph.D.
Penn State University

Lenore Gensburg, M.S.
University at Albany, SUNY

Janine Jurkowski, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago

Haider Khwaja, Ph.D.
University of New Brunswick

Jennifer Manganello, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Kristi McClamroch, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Roxana Moslehi, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia

Priya Nambisan, Ph.D.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Benjamin Shaw, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Scott Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Tulane University

Wendy Weller, Ph.D.
John Hopkins University

Yuchi Young, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Michael Zdeb, M.S.
University at Albany, SUNY

Research Assistant Professor

Lawrence Lessner, Ph.D.
University of Southern California


Public Healthís mission is to address the physical, mental and environmental concerns of populations at risk for disease and injury. Through a unique partnership between the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health, the School of Public Health trains students to promote and improve the health of the public health through education, research, community service and leadership.

The School of Public Health is comprised of four academic departments: Biomedical Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology & Biostatistics; and Health Policy, Management & Behavior. The School offers several undergraduate programs: a minor in public health; a faculty-initiated interdisciplinary major in public health; and joint B.A./M.S. and B.S./M.S. degrees described below. It alsooffers the following graduate degrees: Master of Science, Master of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Public Health.

 

Joint B.A./M.S. and B.S./M.S. Degrees

The Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior at the School of Public Health has joint study opportunities for undergraduate economics, sociology, and psychology majors. Students majoring in one of these areas can earn an undergraduate degree along with a masterís degree in 5 years of full-time study, including the summer prior to the fifth year. Interested undergraduates are encouraged to contact the Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior at (518) 402-0333 for more information.

 

Degree Requirements for the Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major in Public Health

The undergraduate major in public health will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree. It includes the educational objectives of nurturing critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of information, and recognizing the historical and societal context of current trends in public health and health care delivery. It also provides an introduction to disease control and health promotion interventions, and determinants of health from a global perspective.

 

Admission Requirements

The public health major is restricted with limited enrollment. Applications for admission to the major are reviewed by the Schoolís Undergraduate Committee. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 credits prior to admission, and must have earned a grade of B or higher in Mat 108.

Please visit the Schoolís website or contact Lue Ellis, the Schoolís Undergraduate Program Coordinator for additional admission information: http://www.albany.edu/sph/

 

Degree Requirements

General Program B.S.: A minimum of 40 credits distributed as follows:

Pre-Core Courses (10 credits)
A Bio 110 General Biology I
A Mat 108 Elementary Statistics
A Phi 115 Moral Choices
Public Health Core Courses (21 credits)
H Sph 201 Introduction to Public Health
H Sph/Epi 231 Concepts in Epidemiology
H Sph/Eht 321 Global Environmental Issues and their Effect on Human Health
H Sph/Epi 332 Introduction to Biostatistics: Collection, Analysis & Interpretation of Public Health Data
H Sph/Hpm 341 Promoting Healthy People and Communities
H Sph/Hpm 342 How U.S. Health Care Works: Myths and Realities
H Sph/Epi 460 Participatory Action Research

Electives (9 credits)

Students must complete at least 9 credits (three courses) of elective coursework, approved by the advisor. Of these 9 credits, 6 credits must be at the 300-level or above. Suggested elective courses are listed below, grouped into areas of emphasis that correspond to the disciplinary boundaries within public health. Because the undergraduate major is designed to give students broad interdisciplinary exposure to public health, students are advised to choose one elective from three different areas of emphasis. In rare circumstances, and with the approval of the advisor, a student who wishes to focus on a single-discipline in greater depth can choose all electives from a single area of emphasis.

Note: Students may select other courses not listed below as part of their area of emphasis, with approval from their advisor. All elective courses in departments outside the School of Public Health will be available to public health majors on a space-available basis.

Policy and Management Emphasis

H Sph 202 From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges and Achievements in Public Health
H Sph 310 Key Health Policy Issues of the U.S.: A Comparative Approach
H Sph 381/A Eco 381 Economics of Health Care
A Com 465 Communication in Health Care Organizations
H Sph 490 Public Health Field Placement (Policy/Management focus)
H Hpm 500 Health Care Organization, Delivery and Finance (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Hpm 550 Financial Management of Healthcare Institutions (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)

Social Behavior and Community Health Emphasis

H Sph 202 From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges and Achievements in Public Health
A Psy 329 Health Psychology
A Com Health Communication
A Com 465 Health Communication: Doctor-Patient Interaction
H Sph 343 Mass Media and Health Behavior
H Sph 490 Public Health Field Placement (Social Behavior focus)
H Hpm 525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Hpm 521 Introduction to Family and Community Health (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Hpm 531 Childhood Obesity from a Public Health Perspective (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)

Epidemiology Emphasis

A Ant 119 The City and Human Health
H Sph 202 From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges and Achievements in Public Health
A Ant 418 Culture, Environment and Health
H Sph 490 Public Health Field Placement (Epidemiology focus)
H Epi 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Epi 502 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology II (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Epi 503 Principles of Public Health (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Epi 514 Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)

Biomedical and Environmental Health Sciences Emphasis

A Ant 119 The City and Human Health
A Ant 418 Culture, Environment and Health
A Chm 425 Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
H Sph 490 Public Health Field Placement (Biomedical and/or Environmental Health Sciences focus)
H Bms 505 Biological Basis of Public Health (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Bms 522/622 Cancer Biology (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)
H Eht 590 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (Approval of department chair and course instructor required)