About the School of Public Health

Welcome to the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. We are a community of teachers and learners, researchers, scholars, and advocates working together to improve the health and wellbeing of all people.

We’re known nationally for our unique partnership with the New York State Department of Health, our strong commitment to preparing graduates through experiential learning, and the advantages our students and faculty gain from our location in the capital of one of the most diverse states in the nation.

We support the profession by providing continuing education and conducting research that addresses the needs of policymakers and professionals.

We invite you to learn more about us!

A unique partnership

The University at Albany School of Public Health was founded in 1985 as a unique partnership between the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health, whose scientists hold faculty appointments in the School, and team up with UAlbany professors to teach and mentor students and conduct research. Our faculty is comprised of some 40 university-based, full-time faculty and over 125 faculty who have primary appointments at the Department of Health.

A full complement of degrees

We offer MS, MPH, DrPH and PhD degrees in our departments of Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Health Policy, Management & Behavior. We also offer is a fully online, part-time MPH in Public Health Practice for public health professionals and others who need a flexible way to earn an advanced degree, as well as four graduate certificate programs, curricular and co-curricular offerings in Maternal and Child Health, and a wide array of continuing professional education offerings. Our Fellowship and Residency programs in Applied Public Health and Dental Public Health prepare physicians and dentists for leadership roles in public health. Our undergraduate major and minor provide an interdisciplinary introduction to public health, and our under undergraduate bio-instrumentation program prepares students to work with state-of-the-art instrumentation currently in demand in biotechnology and public health laboratories.

A capital location

Our location in the capital of New York State 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 create many opportunities for students and faculty to work closely with policy makers, public health professionals, non-profit organizations, and clinicians. Students have access to a wide range of internships, field placements and job opportunities. And faculty members have opportunities to connect with research partners, gain access to culturally and economically diverse populations, work collaboratively with community-based organizations and public health practitioners in a wide variety of settings.

And while we’re proud of our close ties to our region and our state, we are also global in our outlook. We welcome students from many countries, and we conduct research with partners around the world. Through our Center for Global Health, students have access to international internship opportunities and valuable service learning trips.

Academic excellence

We are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and known for our outstanding teaching and research. Our many research strengths include HIV policy and prevention, cancer genomics, infectious diseases, social determinants of health, evidence-based health care, addiction and violence, and health effects of climate and the environment.

We are home to the Alpha Gamma chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, a national organization that encourages excellence in research and scholarship among graduate students and recognizes high attainment in the field.

We believe that students learn best by doing, and that’s why our MPH program requires 720 internship hours – the most of any school of public health in America. We also create field placements for our MS students and research opportunities for doctoral students to work in some of the best public health labs in the nation, including the renowned Wadsworth Center.

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