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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: View Accepted Students Day Session Recordings

Accepted Students Day 

Accepted Students Day was held on Friday, April 1, 2022.

We offered several virtual sessions about the school, internships, research, interdisciplinary opportunities, and our academic programs. Students heard from faculty, current students and alumni and learned more about the School of Public Health and life as a student.

Recordings from the sessions are available for viewing below.

About the School, Experiential Learning, Program Opportunities, Funding, Housing, and Student/Alumni Panel Recording
Department of Biomedical Sciences Recording
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Recording
Department of Environmental Health Sciences Slides
Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior Recording
Online Programs (online MPH and certificates) Recording
DrPH Program Recording
MSW/MPH Program Recording

We are also happy to schedule an individual video conference or phone call with a faculty or staff member. Please contact our admissions team at [email protected] to arrange a virtual appointment or 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 now accepting applications for the following graduate assistant positions.

Full-Time Student Assistant Position: Center for Public Health Continuing Education

Full-Time Graduate Assistantship: Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance (Summer position with extension into fall)

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. 

Once you’ve submitted your deposit, you’ll have access to the School of Public Health Career Development Community in Blackboard prior to the start of the semester. This resource provides information about part-time jobs, graduate, research and student assistant positions, fellowships, and grants that become available during 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. 

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.

Step 5: Register for Classes

Registration for fall 2022 classes will take place between May 16 and June 30. Please contact the administrative manager in your academic department with questions regarding the program, advisement and registration.

 

School of Public Health Academic Advisors

Department Administrative Manager Email
Biomedical Sciences Anthony Torres [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: Find Housing & Roommates

You are encouraged to 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.

Generally, inexpensive quality housing for students is available on New Scotland Avenue near Albany Medical Center and the Albany College of Pharmacy. Apartments near main bus lines, like Washington Avenue and Western Avenue, may be a wise choice if you don’t have a car. The Health Sciences Campus Shuttle runs up and down Madison Ave and comes directly to the Health Sciences Campus.    

There are many options for housing along the bus routes. You can ride both the UAlbany buses and CDTA buses free of charge with your UAlbany ID card. CDTA #233 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. 

If you would like to live near the Health Sciences Campus, there are several apartment complexes within a few miles of the campus, including: 

Note: 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 and is on the UAlbany shuttle bus route to get to the Health Sciences Campus.

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

Step 7: Register for Orientation

Fall 2022 classes start Monday, August 22, 2022. Register for orientation sessions here. Download the full orientation schedule here.

Time Event Location Attendance
Thursday, August 18, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am On Campus MPH Orientation Classroom 4, Health Sciences Campus Required for MPH students
11:15am - 1:15pm Graduate Student Social and Lunch Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus Encouraged for all students
1:00pm - 1:30pm GSEU Benefits Orientation for GA/TAs Classroom 4, Health Sciences Campus Encouraged for graduate and teaching assistants
1:30pm - 3:15pm SPH International Student Orientation Classroom 3, Health Sciences Campus Required for international students
Friday, August 19, 2022
9:00am - 11:00am Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Orientation Center for Medical Science, 120 New Scotland Avenue, Albany Required for BMS students
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
11:30am - 1:30pm Student Resource Fair Room 110A & Auditorium, George Education Center, Health Sciences Campus Encouraged for all students
Friday, August 26, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Orientation Classroom C1, 2nd Floor, Health Sciences Campus Required for EHS students
10:00am - 11:30am Department of Epidemiology (EPI) and Biostatistics (BST) Orientation

Classroom 4, Health Sciences Campus

Required for EPI and BST students
10:00am - 11:30am Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior Orientation Room 110A, Health Sciences Campus Required for HPM and SBCH students
11:30am - 2:00pm Welcome Picnic Main Lawn, Health Sciences Campus Encouraged for all students

An orientation for DrPH students will be scheduled in the first week of class. The day and time of this orientation is to be determined and will be based on the schedule of the DrPH entering cohort.

International students are required to attend the Fall 2022 International Orientation through International Student & Scholar Services.

 

 

Step 8: Pre-Arrival Academic Information and Requirements

View the School of Public Health Orientation Community in Blackboard 

Login to the School of Public Health Orientation Community in Blackboard! This site provides important information that you need to know as you start your journey with us. Complete all the items on the New Student Checklist prior to the start of classes. 

Find this resource on the "Community" tab while on Blackboard. It is called "School of Public Health Orientation" and can be found under "My Organizations". If you do not have access to this community, email [email protected] to be added.

View the SPH Career Development Community in Blackboard 

The SPH Career Development Community on Blackboard for MS, MPH, PhD and DrPH students contains links to full & 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! 

Find this resource on the "Community" tab while on Blackboard. It is called "SPH Career Development" and can be found under "My Organizations". If you do not find this community in your Blackboard, email [email protected] to request access. 

Submit the Academic Integrity Pledge 

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 

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

To complete the tutorial, please do the following: 

At conclusion of the tutorial, complete and submit the Tutorial Credit Form, using the following information: 

  • Title of Tutorial: Plagiarism 101 
  • Instructor's Name: Mary Gallant 
  • Instructor's Email Address: [email protected] 
  • Course Title: School of Public Health Orientation

Activate your Zoom Account 

Activate your UAlbany Zoom account. You will not be able to access any UAlbany Zoom orientation sessions if you do not first activate your 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 & Password 
  • Customize your profile by adding a profile picture
Step 9: Arrive on Campus - Welcome to UAlbany

COVID-19 Information

Review University at Albany Response to COVID-19

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

Note: 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 the UAlbany COVID-19 website. The hotline will answer all questions regarding isolation and quarantine, pool and diagnostic testing, and University policy regarding COVID-19.

 

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 Dan Egan at [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 Dan Egan 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 Dan Egan at [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 Dan Egan 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: View Accepted Students Day Session Recordings

Accepted Students Day 

Accepted Students Day was held on Friday, April 1, 2022.

We offered several virtual sessions about the school, internships, research, interdisciplinary opportunities, and our academic programs. Students heard from faculty, current students and alumni and learned more about the School of Public Health and life as a student.

Recordings from the sessions are available for viewing below.

About the School, Experiential Learning, Program Opportunities, Funding, Housing, and Student/Alumni Panel Recording
Online Programs (online MPH and certificates) Recording
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

View the School of Public Health Orientation Community in Blackboard 

Login to the School of Public Health Orientation Community in Blackboard! This site provides important information that you need to know as you start your journey with us. Complete all the items on the New Student Checklist prior to the start of classes. 

Find this resource on the "Community" tab while on Blackboard. It is called "School of Public Health Orientation" and can be found under "My Organizations". If you do not have access to this community, email [email protected] to be added.

Submit the Academic Integrity Pledge 

Read the University at Albany'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 

  • Complete the University at Albany Plagiarism 101 Tutorial by the first day of classes: Visit Plagiarism 101 
  • Complete sections 1, 2, and 3 

At conclusion of the tutorial, complete and submit the Tutorial Credit Form, using the following information: 

  • Title of Tutorial: Plagiarism 101 
  • Instructor's Name: Mary Gallant 
  • Instructor's Email Address: [email protected] 
  • Course Title: School of Public Health Orientation 
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] 

Sara L. Bagrow, Online Programs Specialist 

Contact general program questions including course registration, transfer credit inquiries and transitioning to the online MPH. Ms. Bagrow 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 School of Public Health Orientation Community in Blackboard 

Login to the School of Public Health Orientation Community in Blackboard! This site provides important information and resources. Complete all the items on the New Student Checklist, provided in this community, prior to the start of classes. 

Find this resource on the "Community" tab while in Blackboard. It is called "School of Public Health Orientation" and can be found under "My Organizations". 

If you do not see this community in Blackboard, email [email protected] to request access. 

 

View the SPH Career Development in Blackboard 

The SPH Career Development Community on Blackboard for MS, MPH, PhD and DrPH students contains links to full & 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! 

Find this resource on the "Community" tab while in Blackboard. It is called "SPH Career Development" and can be found under "My Organizations". If you do not find this community in your Blackboard, email [email protected] to request access. 

 

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: Register for Orientation

Fall 2022 classes start Monday, August 22, 2022. Register for orientation sessions here.

Time Event Location Attendance
Thursday, August 18, 2022
11:15am - 1:15pm Graduate Student Social and Lunch Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus Encouraged if able
Friday, August 19, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm Online Programs Orientation Zoom link provided in School of Public Health Orientation Community in Blackboard Strongly encouraged
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
11:30am - 1:30pm Student Resource Fair Auditorium and Room 110A, Health Sciences Campus Encouraged if able
Friday, August 26, 2022
11:30am - 2:00pm Welcome Picnic Main Lawn, Health Sciences Campus Encouraged if able