Program Details


Degree: MD, DO, or other health professional degree, by permission

Board Certification: Physicians must be board certified or board eligible in a medical specialty recognized by the ABMS.  Other professionals must have equivalent credentials in their own specialty as applicable.

Licensure: Applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted New York State license in their profession.

  • For details on NYS professional license eligibility, visit NYS Education Department's Office of the Professions:
  • Must obtain license by start of the program if not already licensed.
Academic and Practicum Years

Academic and practicum work are largely separated into an Academic Year (9 months) and a Practicum Year (12 months). Limited practicum work will begin during the first year, but should not interfere with coursework.  Conversely, at times fellows take one or two courses during the practicum year, particularly if a course is only offered every other year.

Academic Component
The academic portion of the program leads to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University at Albany School of Public Health (SPH).

  • From its start in 1985, the SPH has been a joint venture of the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health - a collaboration that is unique nationwide
  • Many of the school's faculty are active public health professionals at the New York State DOH.
  • Fellows may major in a specialized track in Population Medicine and Applied Public Health
  • An important feature of the UAlbany MPH is internship rotations, which fellows complete during the practicum component of the program.
Practicum Component 
During both years of the fellowship, but concentrated in the second year, fellows complete practicum rotations that allow them to apply public health principles they learn in MPH coursework to real-world challenges, gaining experience in a variety of settings. The practicum rotations involve hands-on experience at the New York State Department of Health and at the Albany County Health Department. Elective rotations may be arranged at other government agencies, such as the Office of Mental Health or Department of Correctional Services.
  • Fellows complete 12 months of full-time practicum rotations divided between 2-4 sites or focused on one longitudinal rotation at a hosting DOH.
  • Fellows take an active role in the work of the agency to which they are assigned, assuming responsibility for some aspects of program functioning, and conducting at least one investigation or analysis leading to a publishable report or professional presentation.
  • Other activities may include “integrative experiences” outside of the current practicum rotation, for example helping with emergency response to a disease outbreak or co-teaching an SPH course with a faculty member.         

Seminars, Journal Club, and Field Trips
Throughout the program, fellows participate in weekly seminars. Guest speakers from the Department of Health and other public and private agencies involve fellows in lively discussions of key public health issues.  A monthly Journal Club series gives fellows experience with rigorous methodological analysis of published research. Occasionally, fellows and faculty take field trips to sites throughout the state.

Pay and Benefits
The annual salary rate for first-year fellows is $55,000 (and is prorated to 9 months training in year 1) and for second-year fellows is $58,000. Tuition and fees for the MPH are covered in full.

Fellows are eligible for health and retirement benefits offered to SUNY employees.