Community Partners

Public health is inherently a community-oriented endeavor. Its whole purpose is to improve health by identifying and addressing conditions in the community that affect individuals’ health – from increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to eliminating hazards in worksites. We are only as healthy as the community and the world we live in.

New York State Department of Health

 NYS Health
Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker
This School was founded on a unique partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany. This arrangement greatly benefits our diverse student body. Two of our departments – Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences – are based in the health department’s Wadsworth Center laboratories. In all four departments, many of the faculty members are based at the Department of Health, working on a daily basis administering major health programs for the state of New York, or studying scientific or policy-oriented public health problems of national significance. Case studies discussed in the classroom frequently emerge from a faculty member's experience in the field. Students have regular access to these health experts as teachers, mentors and internship advisors.

Community-Based Partners

Improving community health requires coordinated efforts of people from many disciplines and many different kinds of organizations. Our school has developed connections throughout the community to help involve our students and faculty with a broad array of public health partners. Community internships and field placements prepare students for future roles as public health practitioners, while collaborative research projects allow faculty to contribute their expertise to important initiatives in the community. Our community partners include the following:

Albany County Health Department
Albany Medical Center
American Cancer Society, Eastern Division
American College of OB/GYN, NYS Chapter
Center for Disabilities Services
Centro Civico of Amsterdam
Family Planning Advocates of New York State
Hudson Headwaters Health Network
NYS Public Health Association
Northeast Health Schools of Nursing
Regional Food Bank of NE NY
Rensselaer County Health Department
Sage Colleges
Schenectady County Public Health Services
Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy
Senior Services of Albany
St. Peter’s Hospital
Tech Valley High School
Whitney M. Young Jr. Community Health Center
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
YMCA – Greenbush Area

Links with our community partners give students access to a vast array of internship opportunities, field placements, research projects, and career opportunities.


The School’s work with community partners echoes a University-wide commitment to community engagement. For more information on the University’s community engagement efforts, visit