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Accepted Graduate Students

Welcome to the School of Public Health!

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Next Steps for On Campus Students
Step 1: Enrollment

Notify us of your enrollment decision 

Log in to your University at Albany student application account and complete the Grad Admit Reply Form to let us know whether you accept or decline our offer of admission. 

The deadline to notify us of your decision and to submit the enrollment deposit is specified in your acceptance letter. This is a hard deadline if you have received a scholarship or assistantship. 

Scholarship decisions for MPH and MS students will be made by the end of February and students who receive an award will receive notification via email. 

If you wish to defer your admission to another semester, you must complete the Graduate Term Change Form and pay a $20 deposit.

 

Pay your enrollment deposit 

Submit the $250 enrollment deposit to confirm your admission. The non-refundable deposit will secure your place in the School of Public Health and will be applied toward your first semester tuition payment. 

The enrollment deposit is required to activate your matriculated student status and generate your Net ID and Personal Identification number (PIN), which you will need to access university resources and register for classes.

 

International Students (Only): Obtain your visa 

International students must present proof of funding before the University issues the I-20 documents necessary to obtain a visa. You must submit the Financial Affidavit Form, verifying possession of sufficient funds to cover the cost of tuition, fees, living expenses, books and supplies, approximately $31,000 for a minimum of one academic year.  If you’re planning to bring dependents to the US with you, plan for an additional $4,000 per dependent. 

Note: The Office of Graduate Admissions will not issue the I-20 documents unless your enrollment deposit has been paid.

Step 2: Accepted Students Days

Attend an Accepted Students Day

Accepted Students Day is an opportunity to learn about the school, internships, research, interdisciplinary opportunities, and our academic programs. Students will get to meet faculty, current students, and alumni, and learn about the School of Public Health and life as a student at UAlbany.

We are holding two Accepted Students Day events~

Friday, March 8, 20249:00am - 11:00amVirtual via ZoomRegister  
Friday, April 5, 2024  9:30am - 2:30pm
with optional UAlbany Campus
tour 2:00pm - 3:30pm
In PersonRegister

Staying overnight for your visit? The School of Public Health is located on the Health Sciences Campus, 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY, 12144. 

Holiday Inn Express, 8 Empire Drive, Rensselaer, NY 
Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Hampton Inn Drive, East Greenbush, NY
Residence Inn by Marriot, 3 Tech Valley Drive, East Greenbush, NY
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot, 124 Troy Road, East Greenbush, NY
Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road, East Greenbush, NY

Albany Hotels

Parking is free on the Health Sciences Campus. Students who travel to Albany by bus, train or plane may use Uber or Lyft to travel from the station to the Health Sciences Campus.

Please contact our admissions team at [email protected] or 518-402-0361 with any questions.

Step 3: Submit Required Immunization Documents and Final Transcripts

Submit required health documents 

Complete the required Immunization and Health Information Form and return it to the University Health Center. This form does not require a physician's examination. 

All students taking on campus classes must submit the Immunization and Health Information Form before registering for classes.

Students who are studying fully online may apply for a waiver, which also much be completed before registering for classes.

 

Submit your official final transcripts 

If you are required to submit an official final transcript, as indicated in your acceptance letter, please arrange for the transcript to be sent directly to The Graduate School at the address below. The Graduate School will accept electronic transcripts submitted directly from the institution or by a company contracted by the institution via a secured system. 

[email protected] 
The Graduate School 
University at Albany 
UAB Room 121 
1400 Washington Ave 
Albany, NY 12222

Step 4: Apply for a Graduate Assistantship or Financial Aid

The School of Public Health is currently accepting applications for several graduate assistant positions. To apply, complete the Application Form and email your resume and letter of interest to [email protected]. The deadline to apply and submit all materials is Friday, March 8, 2024.

Click to view Open SPH Positions.

The Graduate School provides information about scholarships and employment opportunities to fund your education at Funding Graduate Studies.

Matriculated students may search for student assistant positions at the University at Albany on Handshake. This resource is available after submitting your enrollment deposit and requires your NET ID and password to access. 

The School of Public Health Career Development Community provides information about part-time jobs, graduate, research and student assistant positions, fellowships, and grants that become available during the academic year. Students will have access to this at the start of the academic year.

Many MPH students receive funding while completing their MPH internship, either through a scholarship that is applied directly to the student account, or as a student assistant paid directly by the internship organization. 

New York State offers student positions through the New New York Leaders Program. International students must consult with the International Student and Scholar Services office regarding employment with New York State. 

US citizens and permanent residents may submit the FAFSA to apply for federal student loans. Visit Financial Aid for information on the cost of tuition and fees and how to apply for and accept federal student loans. 

Students who submit the FAFSA receive notification of loan amounts in May. The standard amount that graduate students receive is $20,500 per year in unsubsidized loans. Please note that UAlbany does not include grants and scholarships in the Financial Aid award letter for graduate students - only loans are included. 

Out-of-state US citizens and permanent residents may apply for New York State residency after one year of study and be charged tuition at the in-state rate in the second year of study and beyond. Obtaining residency requires taking specific steps as soon as you arrive in Albany. Visit Student Accounts to find out what is required to obtain New York State residency.

Loan and Scholarship Sources for International Students

Prodigy Finance: MS and MPH only

MPower Financing: International and DACA

International Student Loan

International Student Financial Aid

International Student Scholarships

EduPass: Scholarships for International Students

Step 5: Register for Classes

Spring 2024 classes start Wednesday, January 17, 2024.The administrative manager in your academic department will email deposited students on with their class schedule and information to complete the registration process.

Department Administrative Manager Email
Biomedical Sciences Rebecca McCarthy [email protected]
Environmental Health Sciences Rebecca McCarthy  [email protected]
Epidemiology and Biostatistics  Nikki Malachowski [email protected]
Health Policy & Management and Social Behavior and Community Health Linda Gauvain-McNulty [email protected]
Population Medicine Carol Rosenberg [email protected]
DrPH Program Celine LaValley [email protected]
Step 6: Complete the New Student Checklist

Spring 2024 classes start Wednesday, January 17, 2024. View the Academic Calendar for details.

Log in to our New Student SharePoint Community in Microsoft with your UAlbany credentials to complete the New Student Checklist. If you have difficulty accessing the site, email [email protected].

Students must have Microsoft 365 loaded on their personal computers to access the Microsoft SharePoint sites which are utilized by the School of Public Health.

Step 7: Student Life and Housing

Find out more about Student Life and Housing at the University at Albany.

Review the Off Campus Housing Guide.

Listings of available off-campus housing are also maintained in the Office of Residential Life. For specific information about off-campus housing, contact the Office of Residential Life  at 518-442-5875, or visit the Office of Residential Life website where you can find available rentals. You may also wish to review the Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities document.

Apartments near the CDTA #10 and #12 bus lines, like Washington Avenue and Western Avenue in Albany (not Troy or Schenectady), are the advised choice if you don’t have a car. There are many options for housing along the bus routes. You can ride CDTA buses free of charge with your UAlbany ID card. CDTA #114 goes to the Health Sciences Campus. View schedules and routes at: 

Local newspapers such as the Times Union feature rental sections that provide apartment availability information. It is also helpful to explore the physical location that is of interest to you and look for rental signs or visit rental offices. 

University Heights College Suites is a great option for students seeking an apartment style dorm setting. We recommended it for international students as it provides flexibility for move-in dates, although it is not on a direct bus line to the Health Sciences Campus.

Other suggestions are:

Websites which may be helpful in searching for housing include (but are not limited to): 

Step 8: Pre-Arrival Academic Information and Requirements

Technology Requirements

Students must have Microsoft 365 loaded on their personal computers to access the Microsoft SharePoint sites which are utilized by the School of Public Health.

Students must have access to a personal computer with Windows 11 or upgradeable to Windows 11. Minimum requirements for personal computers and laptops are i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD. MacBook Pros and Airs should ONLY be used if already partitioned with Windows 10 that is upgradeable to Windows 11. Apple M1/M2 based laptops are not 100% compatible with needed software and offer limited Windows partitioning ability so are not advised.

The University at Albany provides students with software that can be downloaded onto personal computers. View the ITS Software Catalog for more information on the software available to students.

Submit the Academic Integrity Pledge in the New Student Checklist

Read UAlbany's Standards of Academic Integrity Policy and submit the Academic Integrity Pledge by the first day of class. 

Submission of this form serves as verification of your understanding of the policies, procedures and penalties, and your agreement to abide by the policy. 

Complete the Plagiarism Tutorial in the New Student Checklist

Complete the University at Albany Plagiarism 101 Tutorial. The tutorial must be completed by the first day of class.

Step 9: Arrive on Campus - Welcome to UAlbany

Campus Life 

Get involved in the Graduate Student Organization 

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) at the School of Public Health coordinates activities such as community service, workshops, career advisement, and student representation on school governance committees. This is a great way to get more involved at the school. If you’re interested in getting involved, send an email to [email protected]

Upload your photo to obtain your UAlbany ID Card

Your UAlbany ID acts as a “debit card” to make photocopies or purchases on vending machines, borrow library materials from the University Library, serves as a bus pass for the UAlbany shuttle bus, and enables you to ride the CDTA public transportation buses for free. It also gives you access to free printing services provided by the Graduate Student Association. 

Visit UAlbany ID Card for instructions on how to obtain both the mobile and physical ID card. 

Note: The Mobile ID will provide you with access to riding the UAlbany shuttle bus to the Health Sciences Campus. A physical ID card is needed to access the library, attend classes on the Downtown Campus, ride the CDTA bus to campus, or use your ID Card in vending machines or print/copy machines on campus.

Upload your photo to obtain your Health Sciences Campus ID

Your Health Sciences Campus ID is required to access the School of Public Health, located in the George Education Center (GEC). You’ll also need this card to access the computer lab within the GEC.

To obtain your Health Sciences Campus ID, email your photo to [email protected] and include your First Name, Last Name and 9-digit Albany ID in the email.  Please adhere to the formatting guidelines required for the UAlbany photo (see UAlbany ID Card instructions).

You may pick up your Health Sciences Campus ID from the Aramark Office (5 University Place, Room A217 in the A wing on the Health Sciences Campus) Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm. Please email Joe Miranda at [email protected] to make an appointment to pick up your Health Sciences Campus ID.

Obtain Parking Permit for the Health Sciences Campus

You must register each vehicle they park on any University at Albany campus and comply with parking rules and regulations. To purchase a parking permit to park on the Uptown or the Downtown Campus, visit Parking and Mass Transit

The Health Sciences Campus requires a separate parking permit that must always be displayed in the vehicle. There is no fee to obtain this permit. To get your Health Sciences Campus parking permit, complete the Health Sciences Campus Vehicle Registration Form and email it to [email protected].

You may pick up your Health Sciences Campus parking permit from the Aramark Office (5 University Place, Room A217 of the A wing on the Health Sciences Campus) Monday to Friday between 8am and 4:30pm. Please email Joe Miranda at [email protected] to make an appointment to pick up your Health Sciences Campus parking permit. 

Review the Parking Policies and visit the Health Sciences Campus Map to view designated student parking areas.

Next Steps for Online Students
Step 1: Enrollment

Notify us of your enrollment decision 

Log in to your University at Albany student application account and complete the Grad Admit Reply Form to let us know whether you accept or decline our offer of admission. 

If you wish to defer your admission to another semester, you must complete the Graduate Term Change Form and pay a $20 deposit. 

 

Pay your enrollment deposit

Submit the $250 enrollment deposit to confirm your admission. The non-refundable deposit will secure your place in the School of Public Health and will be applied toward your first semester tuition payment. 
 
The enrollment deposit is required to activate your matriculated student status and generate your Net ID and Personal Identification number (PIN), which you will need to access university resources and register for classes. 

Enrollment Deposit link and instructions 

 

Submit Final Transcript (If Necessary) 

If you are required to submit an official final transcript, as indicated in your acceptance letter, please arrange for the transcript to be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at the address below. The Graduate Admissions Office will accept electronic transcripts submitted directly from the institution or by a company contracted by the institution via a secured system.   

[email protected] 

The Graduate School 
University at Albany 
UAB, Room 121 
1400 Washington Ave 
Albany, NY 12222

Step 2: Virtual Accepted Students Day

Attend our Virtual Accepted Students Day

Accepted Students Day is an opportunity to learn more about the school, internships, research, interdisciplinary opportunities, and our academic programs. 

Friday, March 8, 2024  9:00am - 11:00am   Virtual via ZoomRegister   

Please contact our admissions team at [email protected] or 518-402-0361 with any questions.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Tuition for students exclusively enrolled in fully online programs: $471 per credit for NYS residents and $565 per credit for non-residents. For details and questions regarding tuition please visit Student Accounts.  

  • FAFSA: You can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing the University at Albany School code: 002835.  For questions about eligibility or assistance with FAFSA or graduate loans, please contact the Office of Financial Aid  at [email protected] or 518-442-3202

  • Other Funding Opportunities: The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) provides information and tips on how to find scholarships on the Financing Your Degree website. ASPPH has also produced an informative webinar on How to Finance Your Public Health Degree

  • Funding for New York State Health Department Employees: Full-time employees at a New York State local health department or the New York State Department of Health who are enrolled in a public health graduate program in the School of Public Health may apply for tuition assistance from the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow (PHLOT) program. Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for a tuition award is available on the PHLOT website

Full-time students at the School of Public Health are eligible for scholarships.

Step 4: Health & Safety

Student Health Information

Review student health requirements at the University Health Services website.

To avoid having to submit MMR immunity/COVID-19 vaccination records, students enrolled in a fully online program may complete the Fully Online Exemption Form available on the health services website. *Please note: this form is required before registration is permitted, EACH semester you will be fully remote and have not submitted proof of COVID vaccination and MMR immunity.

For additional information or to ask questions about any health services requirements, contact Health Services at (518) 442-5454 or [email protected].
 

Review University at Albany COVID-19 Information about UAlbany’s response 

Visit the University at Albany COVID-19 website for current information on the policies and procedures and to better understand the expectations we’ve set for our campus community members.  

For questions about UAlbany's COVID-19 resources and services, call the COVID-19 hotline 518-442-2683 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit UAlbany COVID-19 website. The hotline will answer all questions regarding isolation and quarantine, pool and diagnostic testing, and University policy regarding COVID-19.

Step 5: Pre-Arrival Academic Requirements

Technology Requirements

Students must have Microsoft 365 loaded on their personal computers to access the Microsoft SharePoint sites which are utilized by the School of Public Health.

Students must have access to a personal computer with Windows 11 or upgradeable to Windows 11. Minimum requirements for personal computers and laptops are i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD. MacBook Pros and Airs should ONLY be used if already partitioned with Windows 10 that is upgradeable to Windows 11. Apple M1/M2 based laptops are not 100% compatible with needed software and offer limited Windows partitioning ability so are not advised.

The University at Albany provides students with software that can be downloaded onto personal computers. View the ITS Software Catalog for more information on the software available to students.

Submit the Academic Integrity Pledge in the New Student Checklist

Read UAlbany's Standards of Academic Integrity Policy and submit the Academic Integrity Pledge by the first day of class. 

Submission of this form serves as verification of your understanding of the policies, procedures and penalties, and your agreement to abide by the policy. 

Complete the Plagiarism Tutorial in the New Student Checklist

Complete the University at Albany Plagiarism 101 Tutorial. The tutorial must be completed by the first day of class.

Step 6: Online Learning Resources

Review Key Online Education Contacts

Dr. Brenda Kirkwood, Director of Online Education & Online MPH Academic Advisor 

Dr. Kirkwood is available for any inquiries, though she primarily advises online MPH students. She can be reached at [email protected] 

Dr. Wendy Weller, Academic Advisor, Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles 

Dr. Weller can be reached at [email protected] 

Dr. Shao Lin, Academic Advisor, Certificate in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness 

Dr. Lin can be reached at [email protected] 

John Justino, Academic Advisor, Certificate in Global Health Studies 

Mr. Justino can be reached at [email protected] 

Samantha Henrikson, Online Programs Specialist 

Contact general program questions including course registration, transfer credit inquiries and transitioning to the online MPH. Ms. Henrikson can be reached at [email protected]

 

Review School of Public Health Policies and Procedures 

It is your responsibility to be familiar with the policies and procedures governing graduate study. Please view the University at Albany Graduate Bulletin, along with Current Student Resources provided by the School of Public Health.

 

View the SPH Online SharePoint Site

Our SPH Online SharePoint site provides important information and resources. You can log into the page using your UAlbany Net ID and password.

 

View the SPH Career Development SharePoint Site

The SPH Career Development SharePoint site contains links to full and part-time job postings, fellowships, internship information and a guide on how to develop an internship, public health job sites, job search strategies, upcoming events, resume/cover letter/interviewing help, professional development opportunities, and more! You can login to the page using your UAlbany Net ID and password. 

 

Activate Zoom Account 

  • Go to UAlbany Zoom 
  • Click the Sign In button, which will open the UAlbany Sign In page 
  • Sign in with your UAlbany Net ID and Password 
  • Customize your profile by adding a profile picture

 

Obtain your Mobile (Virtual) UAlbany ID Card 

Obtain your Mobile (virtual) ID Card 

Your Mobile ID will be available immediately after the steps at the link above are completed and you receive a confirmation email.  

Learn more about your Mobile ID and app 

Visit Campus Services for instructions on how to obtain a hard copy of your card (if you would like one) or call the ID Card Office at 518-442-5989.

Step 7: Complete the New Student Checklist

Spring 2024 classes start Wednesday, January 17, 2024. View the Academic Calendar for details.

Log in to our New Student SharePoint Community in Microsoft with your UAlbany credentials to complete the New Student Checklist. If you have difficulty accessing the site, email [email protected].

Students must have Microsoft 365 loaded on their personal computers to access the Microsoft SharePoint sites which are utilized by the School of Public Health.