Academic Programs

The following degree programs provide a high-level overview of some of the academic options available to UAlbany undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in health sciences fields.

Pre-health and pre-med programs

At UAlbany, pre-health is not a major but rather a direction of study. There is a suggested curriculum based on admission requirements to a variety of health professional schools, and this curriculum can be satisfied within the context of several UAlbany majors. The pre-health curriculum is designed for students to go directly from UAlbany graduation in May to fall admission at a medical, dental, optometry or other allied-health professional school. It is also designed to display a student’s ability to handle a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and prove the student’s ability to manage the academic demands of medical or dental school. 

B.S. in Human Biology

The Human Biology program is an interdepartmental (Anthropology and Biology) combined major/minor designed for students interested in a liberal arts education with particular focus on the human organism. It provides a strong background in human evolution, structure, function and behavior. This program is especially suitable for those seeking careers that deal directly or indirectly with human health and welfare, forensics, administration, business, journalism and teaching.

B.S. in Human Development





B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Bioinstrumentation

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a faculty-initiated interdisciplinary concentration in Bioinstrumentation is a combined major/minor program designed to develop students who have an in-depth knowledge of the theory and operation of state-of-the-art instrumentation currently in demand in biomedical, biology, biotechnology and public health laboratories. Students will also acquire a strong background in the biological sciences and be fully conversant with major public health issues. Building upon a prerequisite core of general science and math courses, the degree curriculum provides a solid background in public health and in-depth theoretical and operational expertise in bioinstrumentation.

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Public Health
Master of Public Health

For undergraduates, the University at Albany offers a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Health. For graduate students, the School of Public Health offers a wide range of degree programs designed to provide students with a strong background in the field of public health, including an array of MPH degrees from biomedical sciences to global health. Especially related to practitioners is the MSPH in Public Health Practice. A DrPH degree is also available, as are a fully online MPH, a dual MPH/MSW, and specialized academic degrees (M.S. or Ph.D.).

Ph.D. in Public Health

The Doctorate of Public Health program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public health practice in governmental agencies, community-based organizations and other settings. Students acquire analytic, conceptual and administrative skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the scientific, political, social, cultural, ethical and economic contexts within which public health problems occur and are addressed.

Master’s in Mental Health Counseling

Our Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program has recently been accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). Ours is the first program in the country to receive this accreditation. The program’s focus on providing excellent supervision, multiculturalism and the monitoring of in-session behaviors to enhance professional development sets us apart from many other programs. In addition, we secure practicum and internship placement sites for all of our students in only high-quality agencies with licensed supervision.

M.P.A. in Healthcare Management

The MPA Program in Healthcare Management at Rockefeller College focuses on preparing leaders for healthcare management in the new era of healthcare. Direct a nonprofit organization; manage a hospital; become a policy analyst at state or local departments of health, federal health agencies, or health policy research firms; be the regulatory expert in a corporate healthcare company or its most valued business executive.

Master’s and Ph.D. in Social Work/Clinical Practice

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the MSW at the School of Social Welfare is a required step before the examination to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York State. The Ph.D. program in Social Work/Clinical Practice provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with faculty of international renown while conducting research in the areas that intrigue them most – anything from aging services to minority health disparities. Students benefit from our primary strengths in the fields of aging, children and families, diversity, addictions and mental health. After graduation, they are in great demand as faculty, researchers, practice leaders and directors of social welfare policy.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Our program integrates scientific and professional training in a series of didactic, practicum and research experiences. It focuses primarily on a social learning approach to behavior, with cognitive and more strictly behavioral approaches also represented. The program’s goal is to educate students for eventual roles as research scientists, academics, clinicians and problem solvers in the public and/or private sphere. The program was recognized with the 2009 Outstanding Training Program Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany provides integrated scientist-practitioner training in psychology as a scientific discipline, and in counseling psychology as an area of professional specialization. The program has been continuously accredited by the APA since 1980. The program’s goal is to graduate students in professional psychology who are skilled in the interface between science and practice and who can contribute to knowledge and practice in counseling psychology.

For more information on the wide array of health sciences programs offered at UAlbany, please visit the “academic programs” pages found on the School of Public Health, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and the School of Social Welfare websites.