Alumni Profiles

Through each of our degree options, our students have gained strong analytical skills, knowledge of the health care and public health system, and public health experiences to prepare them to analyze, develop, implement and evaluate health policy and health-related programs

Our alumni have gone on to successful careers as health policy analysts, program planners and evaluators, health services researchers and managers, and health promotion specialists in the private sector, government and non-profit organizations.

To see where a degree in health policy, management & behavior could take you, read about our alumni and the success they have found after graduating from the School of Public Health

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Health Policy, Management & Behavior Alumni

Angela Falisi

Graduated, 2015

After graduation, I moved down to the Washington DC area to work at NIH's National Cancer Institute. I'm currently a Cancer Research Training Fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. During this fellowship, I am conducting and supporting research in the areas of patient-provider communication, trust in health information sources, health technology use and social media as an intervention and data source. In addition, I'm actively involved in the administrative functions of the Branch by organizing cyber-seminars for NCI grantees and in-person grantee meetings, and assisting with portfolio analyses to inform future directions in NCI’s funding opportunities.

Robert Schmidt

Graduated, 1996

I loved my time at the School of Public Health. I went through the program as an older student with some work experience and I also had the good fortune to go full-time. I chose the program as a way to apply my undergraduate degree in Sociology in the field of health policy analysis. It was a time when President Clinton first announced his “Health Security” plan to bring improved access to health care to more Americans. I had excellent internship opportunities through the Department of Health and made life long relationships colleagues and faculty.

Brigitta Giulianelli

Graduated, 2012

My name is Brigitta Giulianelli, MPH, and I am a 2012 graduate of SUNY Albany's School of Public Health. My concentration was in Social Behavior and Community Health. My decision to concentrate in this area was based upon my interest in learning more about why people develop the habits they do, how hard it is to break the circle of poverty, and how to creatively develop innovative programming that will create healthier communities for years to come. During my time at the School of Public Health, I took courses on how to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and how to implement and then evaluate community programs. There was also a heavy focus on health disparities and health literacy. I interned at two organizations during my coursework: the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York and St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam, NY. Not a few months after graduation, the Alzheimer's Association offered me a full-time job, and I was with them for almost three years! I am now the Director of Community Benefits at St. Mary's Healthcare, which I started working at on March 9, 2015. The connections I made through my internships certainly helped me get both of these positions. The classes I took on the CHNA have come in extremely helpful this time of the year, as we are wrapping up our CHNA and in the process of writing our Implementation Strategy for the next three years! I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had since graduating, and I owe many of my successes to SUNY Albany's School of Public Health.

Emily Light

Graduated, 2007

I attended the School of Public Health between 2006-2007 and really enjoyed the program. I was lucky to find and connect with a strong advisor who enhanced my experience at the school. I chose the MPH degree focused on Health Management & Policy because I knew I was interested in Health Management and because I liked the strong emphasis on internship experiences. I have been working at MVP Health Care, based in Schenectady, NY, since I graduated with my MPH degree. I currently am the Program Director for MVP’s Medical Trend & Outcome Council.

Emer Smith

Graduated, 2007

When I was finishing my bachelor's degree, I wasn't sure what career I wanted to pursue. I was always interested in so many topics (sexual health, social justice, biology, psychology, and anthropology to name a few) that I thought it was impossible to find a field of study that would fit all my interests. My undergraduate adviser suggested I take an Intro to Public Health class offered by the School of Public Health, and I fell in love with the field. I quickly applied to pursue my Master of Public Health at SPH, and after the first few weeks of class, I realized that I had found my calling. The time I spent at the School of Public Health's Health Policy, Management, & Behavior Program prepared me to follow my passion. I found mentors I was inspired by and still continue to stay in contact with, and developed deep lasting friendships with people who have become leaders in their respective fields. I currently work at the State of Maine's Division of Infectious Disease as the HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Testing Coordinator, where I still apply the skills and knowledge I learned a decade ago to reducing the burden of disease in Maine. Two years of hard work at SPH has lead to a decade of satisfaction knowing I am making a positive impact in the world. Getting my MPH has been one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.

Lana Mutters

Graduated, 2013

I graduated from the School of Public Health in 2013 with an MPH in Health Policy and Management. I chose the MPH path because I was interested in non-medical and community focused aspects of health policy. While at SPH, I was a graduate assistant for HPMB faculty and was a member of the Graduate Student Organization. I currently work at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Colorado’s Medicaid office) and administers a Home and Community Based Waiver for older adults and individuals with disabilities. I am grateful for my time at SPH and credit much of her success to the approachable and supportive nature of faculty and staff. And those happy hours didn’t hurt!