General Questions


Yes, we are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. We received a seven-year term of re-accreditation in July 2015.

Some employment is only open to graduates of CEPH-accredited public health schools or programs, and some fellowships are only available to students attending CEPH accredited schools. For more information on the benefits of attending a CEPH accredited school, please visit

The school offers MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH, MPH/MSW, and MD/MPH graduate degrees, graduate certificates, and a BS degree in public health.

Students in the MPH program may concentrate in epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, social behavior and community health, biostatistics, or biomedical sciences, or they may complete the MPH degree online with a concentration in public health practice. MPH students may also complete the Masters International program, which allows students to combine Peace Corps volunteer service with the academic degree.

The School offers MS and PhD degrees in biomedical sciences, environmental health, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Students in the DrPH program can select from epidemiology, environmental health, health policy and management, or social behavior and community health.

Graduate certificates are available in public health fundamentals, global health, health disparities, and public health surveillance and preparedness.

The difference between the MPH and the MS degree is breadth versus depth. MPH students are required to take courses in the core public health areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy, and behavioral sciences, as well as the biological basis of public health. These core courses provide students with a broad understanding of the expanse of public health, before they select a concentration to gain a deeper understanding of the discipline. The MPH degree requires 51 credits, which is comprised of 42 credits of coursework and 9 credits of practical, hands-on internship experience.

MS students take the majority to all of their course work within their department and become well versed in their chosen field. The MS degree is a research based degree when compared to the MPH degree, which is considered a practice-based professional degree. MS students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits plus a major research project to complete the degree.

Internships are an integral part of the School of Public Health's mission. The MPH program requires completion of 9 credits of internship, consisting of 720 hours of hands-on experience. Field placements are required in the epidemiology MS and PhD degree programs, and two practicums are required for DrPH students.

Students entering the MPH program with extensive previous public health experience may apply for a waiver of internship credit (up to 6 credits) after admission into the program. The waiver application process typically occurs during the first year of the program.

Human biology, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, anthropology, health and wellness, health and society, communication, and business are examples of undergraduate degrees appropriate for public health. However, many fields are encompassed within public health and if you are uncertain of a particular degree please contact us.

  • Master of Public Health degree requires 51 credits, comprised of 42 credits of coursework and 9 credits of internship
  • Master of Science degree requires 36 to 37 credits, coursework and research requirement, varies by program
  • Doctor of Public Health degree requires 75 credits, comprised of 54 credits of coursework, 12 credits of practicum placements, and a 9 credit doctoral project
  • Doctoral of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond the baccalaureate, total number of credits varies by program with a combination of coursework and research

Full time students typically take two years to complete a masters level degree. Doctoral degrees normally take four years or more of full-time study.

Graduate coursework completed at another institution with a grade of B or higher may be eligible for transfer credits. Requests for transfer credits will be reviewed by the department after admission into the program. Courses will be reviewed for equivalency to required courses or appropriateness as elective in the degree program.

Upon enrollment students are matched with a faculty advisor who serves as the main resource while at the School of Public Health. An internship director is available to assist MPH students in identifying internships that suit each student's interests and career goals. As interns, students will have a mentor on site with whom they will be in frequent contact. The Internships and Career Services Office is available to assist students with resume writing and establishing of career goals. Department staff members also provide support and information to assist students navigate their graduate program, as well as school and university policies and procedures. The University at Albany offers many resources to students, including the Disability Resource Center, the Graduate Student Ombuds Office, and counseling services.

Part-time study is permitted in most programs.  Doctoral students are required to maintain continuous registration for at least three credits per semester, and it is recommended that masters level students carry at least three credits per semester and be continuously registered. Some doctoral programs require full-time enrollment and students should consult the individual program to determine whether part-time study is permitted. In accordance with University policy, all requirements must be completed within six years for a masters level degree and within eight years for a doctoral degree.

If you would like to request more program specific information, please complete the Information Request form.

We will gladly assist in making the necessary arrangements, such as a tour of the facility and the opportunity to speak with faculty members. Please contact us at to arrange a visit.

 Admissions Questions


Students may submit MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, PCAT or DAT scores in place of the GRE for both the on campus and the online MPH programs. MCAT scores may be submitted in place of the GREs for most MS and PhD programs at the School of Public Health. The MCAT is not accepted for the MS or PhD in Biomedical Sciences.

MPH applicants who have previously completed a graduate degree (MS, PhD, MD, etc) at an accredited US university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for a GRE waiver. Applicants who have successfully completed Steps 1 & 2 of the USMLE may also submit an official score report and apply for a GRE waiver.

Applicants who have completed the University at Albany Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for a GRE waiver. Please note that the GRE waiver for certificate students is not guaranteed and is dependent upon review of the transcript.

Applicants to the MS or PhD program should consult directly with the department to determine whether the GRE may be waived.

For current semester charges please visit Student Accounts. US citizens or permanent residents who are not from New York State, may apply to become NYS residents after one year of study and be charged tuition at the NYS resident rate.

Both fellowships and graduate assistantships are available for eligible students. For more information on funding available to incoming students, as well as eligibility criteria and application procedure, please visit the Financial Your Education portion of our Admission website.

Many students find a graduate, research or teaching assistantship, or a part-time job, once enrolled in the graduate program. Many positions become available during the year and students are notified of these opportunities via a weekly newsletter delivered to their University at Albany email.

Students are also encouraged to seek out scholarships and fellowship available nationally. A comprehensive list of opportunities is available through the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health at

The School of Public Heath offers a variety of scholarships to entering MPH and MS students. Scholarship recipients will receive notification of the award in a separate communication from the acceptance letter, typically by the end of February. 

The School of Public Health uses SOPHAS, the central application service for schools of public health, for  MPH, MD/MPH, DrPH and most MS and PhD programs. To apply, please go to and submit all credentials as instructed.

Students who wish to apply to the MS or PhD in Biomedical Sciences, the MPH/MSW program, one of our certificate programs, or to take courses as a non-degree student, must apply through the University at Albany’s Office of Graduate Admissions

The average GRE scores of students admitted in the MPH program are: Verbal 159; Quantitative 161; Writing 4.0. The average GPA is 3.35.

School of Public Health Demographics

There are 12,925 undergraduates and approximately 4,200 graduate students enrolled at the University at Albany. The School of Public Health enrolls approximately 500 graduate students in degree and non-degree programs, and enrolls 50 students per year in the undergraduate major.

The fall 2016 enrolled School of Public Health graduate student body is 21% students of color and 14% international students, with 27 different countries represented.

The ratio of faculty to student is approximately 1:2, allowing the School to maintain small and personal classes. The average elective class size is about 15 students.  The required core MPH classes are typically larger to accommodate all entering students.

After Graduation

Students who obtain a degree in public health are able to work at county and state level health departments, county and state government, at the federal level in agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or at the international level, including non-profit organizations and the World Health Organization. Students are also able to work in the private sector with health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals. Other avenues of employment are academia, community healthcare providers, schools, associations, and non-profit organizations.

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85% of our graduates are employed in full-time public health positions or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation; and over 93% are employed full-time within one year of graduation.