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    Health Policy, Management & Behavior

About

The Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior (HPMB) prepares students to pursue planning and leadership roles in public health. Graduates become health policy analysts, program planners and evaluators, health services researchers and managers, and health promotion specialists in the private sector, government and non-profit organizations.

Through HPMB program offerings, students gain strong analytical skills, knowledge of the health care and public health system, and experiences to prepare them to analyze, develop, implement, and evaluate health policy and health-related programs.

This educational experience is enhanced through study with senior-level health practitioners and researchers who are directly involved in the formulation and implementation of health policy and management strategies.

Department of Health Policy, Management, & Behavior
Suite 170

1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144
United States

Phone
Fax
518-402-0414
Office Hours

On-Site: Wednesday, 9 am-2 pm Bi-Weekly 

Virtual: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am-4 pm

Faculty

Health Policy, Management & Behavior Faculty
Edmund Russell Altone
Clinical Associate Professor
Dorcey L Applyrs
Clinical Assistant Professor
Keegan Bailey
Clinical Assistant Professor
Nancy R. Barhydt
Clinical Associate Professor
Haven B. Battles
Clinical Associate Professor
Catherine (Cate) M. Bohn
Clinical Associate Professor
Lindsay J. Cogan
Research Associate Professor
Rachel de Long
Clinical Associate Professor
Diane Dewar
Associate Professor
David Gittelman
Clinical Associate Professor
Karen Greendale
Clinical Associate Professor
Carolyn H. Grosvenor
Clinical Associate Professor
Brett Harris
Clinical Associate Professor
Jason A. Helgerson
Clinical Associate Professor
Annette Johnson
Clinical Associate Professor
John G. Justino
Clinical Associate Professor
Brenda Kirkwood
Clinical Associate Professor
Christopher A. Kus
Clinical Associate Professor
Patricia Lillquist
Clinical Associate Professor
Nicole MacFarland
Clinical Associate Professor
Erika Martin
Joint Associate Professor
Patricia A. McGeown
Clinical Associate Professor
Jean Moore
Research Assistant Professor
Theodore D. Peters
Clinical Associate Professor
Mary Jane Schneider
Clinical Associate Professor
Jackson P. Sekhobo
Clinical Associate Professor
James Tesoriero
Clinical Associate Professor
Danielle Wales
Clinical Assistant Professor
Wendy Weller
Chair & Associate Professor
Carol Whittaker
Clinical Associate Professor

Projects & Publications

 

Featured Research Projects

 

Publications
2019

Data-Driven Goals for Curbing the U.S. HIV Epidemic by 2030

Journal: AIDS and Behavior

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Trajectories of childhood adversity and the risk of depression in young adulthood: Results from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children

Journal: Depression and Anxiety

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

                 

Mechanisms linking childhood adversity to alcohol or cannabis use disorder in young adulthood

Journal: APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

                

Association Between Adverse Childhood Events and Multimorbidity in a Racial and Ethnic Diverse Sample of Middle-Aged and Older Adults

Journal: Innovation in Aging

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Association Between Adverse Childhood Experience, Perceived Discrimination and Body Mass Index in a National Sample of U.S. Older Adults

Journal: Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko; Shaw, Benjamin

 

Evaluating HIV Transmission Rates for the US National HIV/AIDS Strategy, 2010-2015

Journal: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Adipocyte expression of glucose transporter 1 and 4 in PCOS: Relationship to insulin-mediated and non-insulin-mediated whole-body glucose uptake

Journal: Clinical Endocrinology

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Alterations in plasma non-esterified fatty acid (NEFA) kinetics and relationship with insulin resistance in polycystic ovary syndrome

Journal: Human Reproduction

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Anti-Mullerian Hormone in PCOS: A Review Informing International Guidelines

Journal: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Defining what is normal: the key to the diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (and any other disorder for that matter ...)

Journal: Fertility and Sterility

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Female Pattern Hair Loss and Androgen Excess: A Report From the Multidisciplinary Androgen Excess and PCOS Committee

Journal: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

FSH Beyond Fertility

Journal: Frontiers in Endocrinology

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Is antimullerian hormone an early marker or an in utero effector of incipient polycystic ovary syndrome?

Journal: Fertility and Sterility

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Is Hirsutism a Marker of Metabolic Dysfunction?

Journal: Fertility and Sterility

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Minimal difference in phenotype between adolescents and young adults with polycystic ovary syndrome

Journal: Fertility and Sterility

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Pregnancy-Related Economic Burden of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Journal: Fertility and Sterility

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

The pressing need for standardization in epidemiologic studies of PCOS across the globe

Journal: Gynecological Endocrinology

Author(s): Azziz, Ricardo

 

Dentist and hygienist smoking cessation counseling and awareness of Medicaid benefits

Journal: Journal of Public Health Dentistry

Author(s): Battles, Haven

 

Helping Parents Prepare for their Child's End of Life: A retrospective survey of cancer-bereaved parents

Journal: Pediatric Blood and Cancer

Author(s): Battles, Haven

 

Participating in online research examining end-of-life experiences: Is it beneficial, burdensome, or both for parents bereaved by childhood cancer?

Journal: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Author(s): Battles, Haven

 

Disparities in diabetes management among Medicaid recipients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD): Evidence from five U.S. states

Journal: Disability and Health Journal

Author(s): Cogan, Lindsay

 

The impact of the Medicaid high-risk on care management program in New York State

Journal: Health Services Research

Author(s): Cogan, Lindsay

 

New York State's Public Health Approach to Alzheimer's Disease

Journal: Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Author(s): Gallant, Mary

 

Moving the Needle on Action Around Evidence-Based Screening for Hereditary Conditions: Preparing State Chronic Disease Directors to Advance Precision Public Health

Journal: Public Health Reports

Author(s): Greendale, Karen

 

Mitral valve repair versus replacement for patients with preserved left ventricular function without heart failure symptoms

Journal: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Author(s): Hannan, Edward L.

 

Multiple Versus Single Arterial Coronary Bypass Graft Surgery for Multivessel Disease

Journal: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Author(s): Hannan, Edward L.

 

Retooling of Paper-based Outcome Measures to Electronic Format Comparison of the NY State Public Risk Model and EHR-derived Risk Models for CABG Mortality

Journal: Medical Care

Author(s): Hannan, Edward L.

 

Service Access and Self-Reporting: Tailoring SBIRT to Active Duty Military in Civilian Health Care Settings

Journal: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Author(s): Harris, Brett

 

Mental Health care treatment seeking among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks: what is the role of religiosity/spirituality?

Journal: Aging & Mental Health

Author(s): Hastings, Julia

 

Mental Health Treatment and Work Among African American and Caribbean Black Welfare Recipients

Journal: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Author(s): Hastings, Julia

 

Religion, spirituality, coping, and resilience among African Americans with diabetes

Journal: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work

Author(s): Hastings, Julia

 

Public Health Responding to the Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease

Journal: Ageing Science & Mental Health Studies

Author(s): Hoffman, David

 

A Cost and Cost-Threshold Analysis of Implementation of an Evidence-Based Intervention for HIV-Serodiscordant Couples

Journal: AIDS and Behavior

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Ending HIV in America: Not Without the Power of Community

Journal: AIDS and Behavior

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Using Interrupted Time Series Analysis to Measure the Impact of Legalized Syringe Exchange on HIV Diagnoses in Baltimore and Philadelphia

Journal: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Cedric Herring's Lasting Legacy

Journal: American Sociological Association

Author(s): Horton, Hayward

 

Race and the Accumulation of Wealth: Racial Differences in Net Worth over the Life Course, 1989-2009

Journal: Social Problems

Author(s): Horton, Hayward

 

An interview with social entrepreneur Doug Rauch on his solution to food insecurity

Journal: Journal of Public Affairs

Author(s): Jurkowski, Janine

 

Co-designing obesity prevention interventions together with children: intervention mapping meets youth-led participatory action research

Journal: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Author(s): Jurkowski, Janine

 

Communities for healthy living (CHL) – A family-centered childhood obesity prevention program integrated into Head Start services: Study protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomized trial

Journal: Contemporary Clinical Trials

Author(s): Jurkowski, Janine

 

Special Issue: Food Deserts/Security

Journal: Journal of Public Affairs

Author(s): Jurkowski, Janine

 

A Comparison of Some Bayesian and Classical Procedures for Simultaneous Equation Models with Weak Instruments

Journal: Econometrics

Author(s): Lahiri, Kajal

 

Determinants of Smoking Cessation: A Panel Data Analysis Using HRS

Journal: Social Science Research Network

Author(s): Lahiri, Kajal

 

Estimating Endogenous Ordered Response Panel Data Models with an Application to Income Gradient in Child Health

Journal: Social Science Research Network

Author(s): Lahiri, Kajal

 

Estimating macroeconomic uncertainty and discord using info-metrics

Journal: CESifo Working Paper

Author(s): Lahiri, Kajal

 

Gulf War Syndrome: The Plight of War Veterans

Journal: Opportunities and Challenges in Development

Author(s): Lahiri, Kajal

 

Inflation expectations in India: Learning from household tendency surveys

Journal: International Journal of Forecasting

Author(s): Lahiri, Kajal

 

International propagation of shocks: A dynamic factor model using survey forecasts

Journal: International Journal of Forecasting

Author(s): Lahiri, Kajal

 

Increasing the Impact of JMIR Journals in the Attention Economy

Journal: Journal of Medical Internet Research

Author(s): Leung, Ricky

 

Past, present, and future of global health financing: a review of development assistance, government, out-of-pocket, and other private spending on health for 195 countries, 1995-2050

Journal: Lancet

Author(s): Leung, Ricky

 

Get Health'E': A Pilot Test of an Ehealth Literacy Intervention for Young Adults

Journal: Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Author(s): Manganello, Jennifer

 

Maternal Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intention after Exposure to Injury Prevention Recommendations in the News Media

Journal: Journal of Health Communication

Author(s): Manganello, Jennifer

 

Health literacy in a social context: A meta-narrative review

Journal: International Handbook of Health Literacy

Author(s): Manganello, Jennifer

 

Changes in Sugary Beverage Consumption and Public Perceptions in Upstate New York After Implementation of a Community Awareness Campaign and Healthier Vending Strategies

Journal: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Distributing Local Resources for Public Health Preparedness Grants: A Data-Driven Approach

Journal: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Lead exposure and academic achievement: evidence from childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts

Journal: Journal of Population Economics

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Relationship between network operators and risky sex behaviors among female versus transgender commercial sex workers in Pakistan

Journal: AIDS Care-Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Strategies for improving hepatitis C treatment access in the United States: state officials address high drug prices, stigma, and building treatment capacity

Journal: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Suboptimal geographic accessibility to comprehensive HIV care in the US: regional and urban-rural differences

Journal: Journal of the International AIDS Society

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Visualizing the Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned From a Dozen Years of Engaging Communities with Data

Journal: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Expanding Access to Care with Scope of Practice

Journal: The Journal of Professional Excellence Dimensions of Dental Hygiene

Author(s): Moore, Jean

 

Analysis of Novel Care Management Programs in Primary Care: An Example of Mixed Methods in Health Services Research

Journal: Journal of Mixed Methods Research

Author(s): Potworowski, Georges

 

A comparison of aggravated assault rate trends in rural, suburban, and urban areas using the UCR and NCS/NCVS, 1988–2005

Journal: Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Author(s): Pridemore, William

 

The World Is Complex, But Alcohol Policy Matters: A Commentary on Nemtsov et al. (2019) Comment

Journal: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Author(s): Pridemore, William

 

Chronic Medical Conditions in US Adults With Incarceration History

Journal: Health Psychology

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

Disparities in DSM‐5 defined eating disorders by sexual orientation among U.S. adults

Journal: International Journal of Eating Disorders

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

Physical activity levels and correlates in nationally representative sample of U.S. adults with healthy weight, obesity, and binge‐eating disorder

Journal: International Journal of Eating Disorders

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

Psychiatric and medical correlates of DSM-5 eating disorders in a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States

Journal: International Journal of Eating Disorders

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

Suicide attempts in US adults with lifetime DSM-5 eating disorders

Journal: BMC Medicine

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

The Significance of Overvaluation of Shape or Weight in Binge-Eating Disorder: Results from a National Sample of U.S. Adults

Journal: Obesity

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

Viral Genetic Linkage Analysis Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men (HIV Prevention Trials Network 061)

Journal: AIDS Research and Human Retrovirus

Author(s): Wheeler, Darrell

 

Do Nursing Home Residents With Dementia Receive Pain Interventions?

Journal: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias

Author(s): Young, Yuchi

 

Cost-Effectiveness of Using Mass Media to Prevent Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: The FinishIt Campaign

Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Extending access to care across the rural US south: Preliminary results from the Alabama eHealth programme

Journal: Journal of Telemedicine

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Infection: Preventing Disease or Promoting Sexual Health?

Journal: Journal of Community Health

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Unraveling health disparities among sexual and gender minorities: a commentary on the persistent impact of stigma

Journal: Journal of Homosexuality

Author(s): Holtgrave, David

 

Rates of Help-Seeking in US Adults With Lifetime DSM-5 Eating Disorders: Prevalence Across Diagnoses and Differences by Sex and Ethnicity/Race

Journal: Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Author(s): Udo, Tomoko

 

Relationship between operator and hospital volumes and short-term mortality for percutaneous coronary intervention in New York

Journal: International Journal of Cardiology

Author(s): Qian, Feng; Hannan, Edward

 

Relation between Operator and Hospital Volumes and Long-Term Outcomes for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in New York

Journal: The American Journal of Cardiology

Author(s): Qian, Feng; Hannan, Edward

 

The impact of missing toxicology reports on overdose death surveillance: 2010-2016

Journal: Annals of Epidemiology

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Benefits, Cost, and Activities of Patient Navigation (PN) Program for Colorectal Cancer Screening at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC)

Journal: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Author(s): Feng, Qian

 

Antipsychotic Medication Adherence and Diabetes-Related Hospitalizations Among Medicaid Recipients With Diabetes and Schizophrenia

Journal: Psychiatric Services in Advance

Author(s): Cogan, Lindsay                

 

Factors Associated with Incomplete Toxicology Reporting in Drug Overdose Deaths, 2010-2016

Journal: Annals of Epidemiology

Author(s): Martin, Erika

 

Impact of Extremely Hot Days on Emergency Department Visits for Cardiovascular Disease among Older Adults in New York State

Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Author(s): Shaw, Benjamin

Meet Our Students

Jeancarlo C., DrPH Candidate

Jeancarlo Cordoba, a clinical professor at the University of Costa Rica School of Public Health, is a dedicated public health professional. Now, he is also a DrPH student in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior, chosen by his home University to receive an international doctoral degree. When asked about his decision to apply to UAlbany, Jeancarlo emphasized that the School of Public Health was uniquely positioned to help him reach his goal to give back to the people of Costa Rica. “I wanted to select a university that would give me training that could be directly turned into actions at home. I knew UAlbany and its strong connection to the NYSDOH would give me the experience to truly give back to my community.” Jeancarlo aims to complete the 5-year DrPH program and will return to his home university, where he will continue to teach while working to improve his country’s health.

 

 

DrPH student Jeancarlo Cordoba smiling at camera
DrPH student Jeancarlo Cordoba

 

 

MPH student Benish S. smiling at the camera.

Benish S., MPH Student

"The unique thing about UAlbany, in my opinion, is that it provides necessary opportunities for students to succeed beyond their expectations. As an MPH student in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, I believe the internship component of the program, which involves 720 hours of experiential learning, is empowering as it allows students to explore the various areas of public health.

My internship experience at the New York State Department of Public Health has helped me learn how organizations function and how systems level initiatives can better the health of the public. I hope to complete my second internship at a different site so that I can view public health from a different perspective and see how it influences individuals at a more personal level.

As an HPMB student, I have gotten the opportunity to interact with and develop professional relationships with many of the inspiring and enthusiastic professors in the department. The co-directors of the Maternal and Child Health program, Drs. de Long and Bozlak, have been particularly motivating as they are always open to meet, discuss areas of interest and give advice. This adds to the already positive atmosphere of the School of Public Health." - Benish S.