Academic Programs

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

University Programs

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 bachelor’s 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

The human development bachelor’s program allows students to explore the psychological, social and cultural facets of human development and learning across the life span. Students will learn to critically assess social and cultural frameworks and the ways in which individuals, families, and communities are situated within them. Furthermore, students will be intellectually engaged in high quality, specialized knowledge refined by research and engagement in the community. All students will take classes in human development, psychology, education, individual differences, quantitative and qualitative research, and statistics. Students will graduate with strong skills in research methods and be comfortable using data to make professional decisions. They will be prepared for employment in schools, social services, childcare organizations, criminal justice, health-care agencies, mental health, and community development organizations. Students with a degree from the University at Albany in human development will also be prepared to continue their education in a graduate programs in business, child and family advocacy, counseling, education, law, psychology, and social work.

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

The  interdisciplinary studies bachelor’s program 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

For undergraduates, the University offers an interdisciplinary studies bachelor’s with a concentration in public health. The mission of the undergraduate coursework in the School of Public Health is to instill in a diverse group of educated individuals the awareness, values and knowledge of the various disciplines within public health.

Master of Public Health

For graduate students, the School of Public Health offers a wide range of Master’s programs designed to provide students with a strong background in the field of public health, including an array of MPH concentrations from biomedical sciences to social behavior and community health. Especially related to practitioners is the fully online MPH in Public Health Practice.

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

The Doctor 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 analytical, 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.

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences

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Ph.D. in Biostatistics

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Ph.D. in Epidemiology

The Ph.D. in Epidemiology provides an understanding of the theory, methods and knowledge of the science of epidemiology for students who plan to be employed in multiple settings, including universities, governmental agencies, health care facilities and private industry. Students are able to learn and participate in epidemiology first-hand from faculty members (many of whom are employees of the New York State Department of Health) who are actively engaged in the practice of epidemiology in addressing the public health problems and priorities of New York state.

Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences

Doctoral programs in environmental health sciences are designed to prepare students for technical, professional, and supervisory positions and careers in academic institutions, public agencies, and industry. The curricula emphasizes the application of classical biological, physical and medical sciences to help solve environmental and public health problems.

Graduate Certificate Programs in Global Health

The University’s School of Public Health offers a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Health. The certificate is designed to equip graduate students, doctors, and other public health professionals with an in-depth understanding of the complexities and realities of global health. Participants of the program will enhance their capacity to design, manage, support and evaluate global health interventions.

Graduate Certificate Programs in Public Health Fundamentals

The School of Public Health offers a fully online certificate program in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles (CPH-FP). The certificate is aimed at preparing students for the continuously changing challenges in public health. Building upon the School’s relationship with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and local health departments, the program acknowledges the emerging need for creative educational modalities in health. The program requires the completion of 18 graduate course credits.

Graduate Certificate Programs in Health Disparities

The Health Disparities Certificate Program is designed to respond to the need for current and future leaders in public health, social services, medicine, and the social sciences (public health, social work, psychology, economics, and anthropology) to gain knowledge of the issues and strategies needed to eliminate health disparities. The goal of this graduate program is to train current students and professionals in the field to be leaders in addressing and working to eliminate health disparities. This 12-credit graduate certificate, housed in the School of Public Health in partnership with the School of Education, the School of Social Welfare, and the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, aims to improve students' cultural competence and leadership skills as they gain knowledge of the causes of health disparities, the relevant issues, and potential strategies for eliminating these disparities.

Graduate Certificate Programs in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness

The School of Public Health’s Certificate in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness requires the completion of 15 graduate course credits towards formal training in public health preparedness with a focus on bioterrorism and infectious disease. A major advantage of the certificate is the availability of most required courses through distance education as well as the traditional in-class modality. This flexibility enables the certificate to build upon the School of Public Health’s goals of providing public health education to working professionals and upgrading the skills of the public health workforce. The certificate’s close association with the Center for Public Health Preparedness provides access to a rich database of training and education resources for both students and faculty.

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). UAlbany 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 the University apart from many other programs. UAlbany also secures practicum and internship placement sites for all students in only high-quality agencies with licensed supervision.

MPA in Healthcare Management

The MPA Program in Healthcare Management at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy focuses on preparing leaders for healthcare management in the new era of healthcare. Graduates can 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; or become a 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 internationally renowned faculty while conducting research in areas such as aging services and 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.