Save Lives and Support Community Wellness with a Career in Public Health
Make a positive impact on the wellness of at-risk populations with skills and experience you can use to help public health organizations achieve their goals.
The 51-credit Master in Public Health (MPH) provides you with a strong foundation in primary public health fields and advanced knowledge in your area of interest. Concentration options include biomedical sciences, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social behavior and community health.
Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the two-year MPH program includes professional internships that let you directly contribute to the success of public programs and research projects that aim to eradicate disease, develop vaccines, reduce infant mortality, ensure food safety, monitor water quality, and more.
Program of Study
The campus-based Master of Public Health program is designed for full-time students. If you want to earn your degree part-time, you can pursue the online MPH program that’s designed for working professionals.
Core Courses (21 credits)
- First-Year Seminar
- Biological Basis of Public Health
- Introduction to Environmental Health
- Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology or Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
- Basic Principles in Statistical Inference or Principles in Statistical Inference I or Introduction to the Theory of Statistics I
- Health Care Organization Delivery and Financing
- Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
- Capstone Seminar
Professional Internships (9 credits)
Gain 720 hours of professional experience working on public health projects. If you enter the program with significant experience in public health fields, you can waive up to 6 credits of this 9-credit requirement.
Concentration Courses and Electives (21 credits)
Required and elective coursework in your area of interest.
See below for details.
Study the molecular basis of disease and implications for public health programs. Master laboratory methods and apply your biomedical sciences knowledge to detect, treat, and prevent genetic and infectious human diseases.
Sample course topics: Clinical Immunology Technology; Bioecology of Vector-Borne Disease; Virology; Microbial Pathogens; Neuroanatomy and Nervous System Disorders; Cancer Biology; Mammalian Molecular Genetics
Sample job titles: Biomedical Research Scientist, Strategic Public Health Planning Consultant, Strategic Health Partner Development Manager
Sample employers: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Providge Consulting, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Gain expertise in statistical analysis of public health data, develop skills in problem definition and variable determination, learn when and how to use data in public health studies.
Sample courses: Principles of Statistical Inference; Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health; Methods of Data Analysis I and II; Applied Statistics
Deepen your knowledge of two relevant scientific fields (choose from chemistry, toxicology, and environmental and occupational health) and learn how to assess environmental quality and solve environmental health problems. Gain lab skills, collect and analyze environmental data, and conduct dose-response and risk assessments.
Sample course topics: Environmental Chemistry; Toxicology; Risk Assessment; Geographic Information Systems and Public Health; Water Quality and Public Health; Global Environmental Health Policy; Industrial Hygiene; Environment and Cancer; Atmospheric Environment and Human Welfare
Sample job titles: Safety Engineer, Environmental Health Associate, Research Scientist, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, Project Coordinator
Sample employers: Global Foundries, NYSDOH Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, New York State Department of Health, NYS Energy Research and Development, Schenectady County Public Health Services
Prepare for a career in epidemiology by learning about practices such as surveillance, etiology, and prevention and intervention program evaluation. Gain experience collecting, interpreting, and managing epidemiologic data; selecting study populations; and reporting the results of epidemiological research.
Sample course topics: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology; Communicable Diseases; HIV Transmission and AIDS; Diabetes; Cardiovascular Disease; Psychiatric Illness; Hospital-Acquired Infections; Public Health Informatics
Sample job titles: Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Field Epidemiology Training Program Manager, Health Services Researcher, Data Manager, Director of Quality Improvement, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Community Health Program Manager
Sample employers: State Health Departments (Virginia, Texas, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wyoming and more), Adirondack Rural Health Network, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Manage public health programs and lead organizations by motivating stakeholders and communicating effectively as a director, mentor, facilitator, and broker. Learn how to develop health policies, manage change, and monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and quality.
Sample course topics: Health Policy Analysis; Health Organization Management; Strategy and Leadership; Financial Management of Health Care Institutions; Program Evaluation; Childhood Obesity; Maternal and Child Health; Health Law; Long-Term Care Administration; Health and Human Rights
Sample job titles: Managed Care Policy Analyst, Director of Quality Assurance, Regional Health Services Administrator, Patient Safety and Risk Management Analyst, Director of Public Policy, Community Health Program Manager, Performance Management Coordinator, Government Affairs Coordinator
Sample employers: Southeast Georgia Health Systems, MVP Health Care, Capital District Physicians Health Plan, American Red Cross, Adirondack Medical Center, NYS Association on Independent Living, New York State Department of Health (various units)
Explore the ways population health is affected by individuals, groups, and culture. Learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of strategic public health interventions and design and improve community health programs to reduce the prevalence of risk behaviors and improve health service delivery.
Sample course topics: Community-Based Public Health; Program Development in Health Promotion; program Evaluation; Research Design; Social and Behavioral Aspects of Chronic Illness; Poverty, Behavioral Health, and Health Policy
Sample job titles: Director of Education, Wellness Manager, Healthy Schools Program Evaluation and Reporting Director, Outreach and Care coordinator, Health Insurance Navigator, LGBT Youth Specialist, Substance Abuse and Tobacco Prevention Specialist
Sample employers: National Institute for Health Care Management, American Cancer Society, Health Federation of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Fidelis Care New York, Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition, NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
If you work in a county health department in New York State or for the NYS Department of Health, you may be eligible to receive tuition assistance through the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow program at UAlbany.
The MPH program at the University at Albany includes a renowned professional internships component that prepares you to succeed in your public health career.
Through placement with two different organizations, you complete at least 720 hours of practical experience – more fieldwork than any other public health program in the nation.
Choose from ample internship opportunities and work on high-impact projects in state and county health departments, hospitals, community clinics, nonprofits, and non-governmental organizations in the Capital Region.
Professors in the School of Public Health conduct research in community settings and scientific labs. More than 75% of the faculty hold appointments with the NYS Department of Health, which makes it easy to obtain public health internships in labs of the internationally recognized Wadsworth Center.
As a graduate student, you learn in advanced labs on UAlbany’s Health Sciences Campus and can participate in research projects in the Cancer Research Center, Prevention Research Center, Public Health Preparedness Center, Cardiac Quality Improvement Initiative, and Center for Health Workforce Studies.
If you’re pursuing your Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Albany Medical College and want to enhance your ability to address public health issues in your career as a physician, you can earn the Master of Public Health (MPH) through the University at Albany at the same time.
The dual MD/MPH program enables you to earn both degrees in five years through summer coursework. Some of your master’s course requirements are waived, along with 6 credits of the required internship in public health. For more information, contact Mary Gallant at email@example.com and see the graduate bulletin.
Ready to pursue your MPH at the University at Albany? Here's what you'll need to get started.
All MPH degree applications to the School of Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS.
- Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
- Grade point average of 3.00 or better
- One semester of social sciences required for all concentrations
- One college level course in mathematics or statistics with a grade of B or higherrequired for all concentrations
- Health Policy & Management and Social Behavior & Community Health require college math (algebra or pre-calculus) or statistics (High School AP courses do not count towards this prerequisite)
- Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Biomedical Sciences require Calculus I
- Biostatistics requires Calculus I, Calculus II, and linear algebra
- Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health require two semesters of biology
- Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health require two semesters of chemistry
- Epidemiology requires one semester of chemistry and one semester of biology
- Average GRE scores: 159 Verbal; 161 Quantitative; 4.0 Writing
For application specific questions or to schedule a visit to the School of Public Health, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WES evaluations for international transcripts. Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.
- Minimum TOEFL score of 98 (institution code: 5688), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction
Required Application Materials
Official transcripts (submitted directly to SOPHAS from the institution attended)
- Official transcripts sent directly from the schools attended to SOPHAS from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school.
- UAlbany students must have an official UAlbany transcript sent directly to SOPHAS.
- Applicants who use the transcript entry service provided by SOPHAS should note that the entry process adds TWO FULL WEEKS to the time it takes for an application to be verified and considered complete by the admissions committee.
GRE (institution code: 4216), MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GMAT or LSAT scores.
- Official GRE and MCAT scores must be sent directly to SOPHAS. All other official scores must be sent directly to the School of Public Health Admissions Office.
Three letters of recommendation
- A minimum of two letters must be from academic faculty
- At least one letter must be from a former university faculty member in the major field of study
- Why do you wish to pursue a career in public health and why are you interested in your chosen area of concentration?
- 1500 word limit
*Applicants requesting a waiver of the standardized test must submit the Standardized Exam Waiver Request.
Priority: February 1
General: Open Until Filled
*Spring: November 15
*Spring applications for health policy, social behavior and epidemiology are restricted to those who have completed the Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles.
The following criteria must be met, otherwise SOPHAS will not verify your application:
- Personal statement has been submitted
- All coursework has been recorded on the application
- All supplemental questions have been answered
- All official transcripts have been received
- Two out of three recommendations have been received
The following items are required by the School of Public Health for your application to be considered complete. Applications will NOT be reviewed if these items are not received.
- Standardized test scores
- International transcript evaluations (WES)
*Please note that once SOPHAS has received all of your application materials, it may take up to 4 full weeks for your transcripts to be verified by SOPHAS. Be sure to request all transcripts, references, and standardized test scores in advance so that your application can be completed and verified by the specified application deadline.