School of Public Health

School of Public Health

UAlbany's School of Public Health links academic study to the world of public health practice. Its strategic capital city location networks it to one of the largest public health laboratories in the nation, putting cutting-edge research and scholarship within reach of all who study here. The School aims to improve global public health and eliminate health disparities.

Major Highlights

The School launched its new undergraduate major in public health. It also offers an MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD in each of four academic departments: biomedical sciences, environmental health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health policy, management and behavior.

The School, a unique partnership between UAlbany and the New York State Department of Health, received the maximum seven-year term of re-accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health in October 2007.

Several reports from the School's Center for Health Workforce Studies that advises policy leaders on trends in physician and nursing recruiting were featured in stories in The New York Times, Buffalo News, Newsday, Health News Digest and Times Union.

A new team of graduate students, faculty and alumni from the School traveled to New Orleans, for the third consecutive year, to assist with local public health projects and help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The School hosted some of the nation's top health care researchers at the 10th Annual Health Organizational Research Association Conference focusing on organizational theory and behavior as it applies to health care issues.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visited the School during National Public Health Week to discuss "The Public Health Effects of Global Climate Change."

Awards and Recognition

Joachim Frank, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was named a Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Louise-Anne McNutt, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, was awarded a 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Tbilisi State Medical University in Tbilisi, Georgia (Republic of Georgia).

Two faculty members were appointed to prestigious U.S. Institute of Medicine committees: Erin Bell, to an ad hoc committee reviewing the health effects in Vietnam veterans of exposure to herbicides, and Timothy Hoff, to a committee reviewing and recommending updates of the U.S. National Vaccine Plan.

Dale Morse, MD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, was named chairman of the Center for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Scott Tenenbaum, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was selected for recognition as a Rising Star by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.

The School of Public Health Distinguished Public Service Award was presented to Dennis P. Whalen, deputy secretary for Health and Human Services in the New York State Office of the Governor, for outstanding contributions to public service.

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Mary Applegate was appointed associate dean for academic affairs; Distinguished Professor Edward L. Hannan was named associate dean for research.

Funded through the Empire Innovation Program, distinguished cancer researchers Martin Tenniswood and JoEllen Welsh joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics.