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    About the School

The University at Albany School of Public Health
School Leadership

Dean: David R. Holtgrave, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Mary P. Gallant, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean for Research: Erin M. Bell, PhD, MS

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice: Janine Jurkowski, PhD, MPH

Assistant Dean for Administration: Deborah Oriola, MBA

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs: Caitlin Reid, MS


Academic Department Chairs

Biomedical Sciences: Janice Pata, PhD

Environmental Health Sciences: David Lawrence, PhD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics: Elizabeth Vásquez, DrPH

Health Policy, Management and Behavior: Wendy Weller, PhD, MHS



The University at Albany School of Public Health is accredited through 2022 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health.

During our re-accreditation process in 2014, we prepared a self-study for accreditation review. This study outlines our mission, evaluation, governance, and more as we work to provide defining experiences in public health.

Why attend a CEPH accredited school? Some employment options in the field are only open to graduates of CEPH accredited schools or programs, and some fellowships are only available to students attending CEPH accredited schools.

School Numbers

Number of Undergraduate Students

  • 157 undergraduate students (Fall 2021)
  • 58.5% Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or 2 or more races (Fall 2021)

Number of Graduate Students

  • 496 graduate students (Fall 2021)
  • 23% Black, Hispanic, or 2 or more races; 32% non-white (including Asian), 12% international students (Fall 2021)

Class Sizes

  • Average core class size for graduate level: 26 students (Spring 2019)


  • 99% MPH graduates employed or pursuing further education* (Fall 2021)
  • 100% MS graduates employed or pursuing further education* (Fall 2021)
  • 100% PhD graduates employed or pursuing further education* (Fall 2021)
  • 100% DrPH graduates employed or pursuing further education* (Fall 2021)

*Based on data collected 12-18 months out from graduation by the School's Departments and SPH Admissions Office.

Dear Friends and Family of the University at Albany School of Public Health:

Dean David Holtgrave, PhD

Welcome to our amazing school! We are a community of teachers, scholars, researchers, and advocates working together to improve the health and well-being of all people. Our School was created 36 years ago as a visionary partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany. Experts at the Department of Health hold faculty appointments, collaborate with full-time faculty members on a wide array of basic and applied research projects, and mentor students in their labs, including the renowned Wadsworth Center.

Our location in the capital of New York provides real advantages. As the seat of government for one of America’s largest and most diverse states, the City of Albany and its surrounding communities provide many opportunities for us to work with policy makers, public health professionals, non-profit organizations, and clinicians - and for students, this provides outstanding internships, field placements, and vast job opportunities. For faculty, our location also allows connections with research partners, access to culturally and economically diverse populations, and partnerships with community-based organizations. 

As public health challenges arise, it is uplifting to see the passion from and collaboration between our faculty, students, and community partners as they come together to find solutions, disseminate information, and influence policy. We are nationally known for our commitment to experiential learning, which means our students are equipped to truly make a difference, accelerate their careers, and be sought after by employers. Our MPH program requires more internship hours - 720, to be precise - than any other program in the nation. And our MS, PhD, and DrPH students also gain extensive hands-on experience with our faculty researchers, who focus on high-impact areas such as climate change, vector-borne illness, maternal and child health, and social determinants of health, to name a few. We are very grateful to family and friends who support this work. Of note, we recently received an anonymous $1,000,000 donation pledge to further our school’s mission. 

As we work towards creating big change, it’s also important to  remember that small steps in the right direction can have a ripple effect. Here at the school, we have embraced changes that encourage our community to make healthy decisions. We’ve hosted several Meatless Monday lunches (great for us - and for the environment, too!) and on #MoveItMonday, you can find many faculty, staff, and students taking group strolls down our walking route on campus. It is through actions like these that teamwork can create long-lasting change... literally one step at a time. 

Thanks to the talent and dedication of our students, staff, and faculty and the support of our community partners, donors, and alumni, we are poised to make an even greater impact as we pursue excellence and work to save lives and promote social justice. We hope you enjoy reading our new magazine structured around the five pillars of the University at Albany’s “Authoring Our Success” strategic plan, and we hope to partner with you in the future!

All the very best,

David Holtgrave