Improve Health and Prevent Disease Across Communities
Prepare for a career in which you help decrease the incidence of disease, increase life expectancy, and improve the health of individuals and communities around the world.
The undergraduate public health program at UAlbany is interdisciplinary by design and accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
As you gain knowledge of the sciences, sociology, psychology, economics, and politics of public health problems, you learn different approaches to increasing the wellness of diverse populations.
Courses are taught by public health researchers and practitioners, some of whom hold appointments with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), so your program is practical, up-to-date, and taught by passionate public health experts.
Program of Study
- General Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
- Elementary Statistics
- Introduction to Public Health
- Concepts in Epidemiology
- Global Environmental Issues and their Effect on Human Health
- Introduction to Biostatistics
- Promoting Healthy People and Communities
- How U.S. Health Care Works: Myths and Realities
- Biological Basis of Personal and Public Health
- Evidence-Based Public Health
Public Health Electives
Three or more courses and/or fieldwork placements. You can take electives across multiple disciplines or select courses in one area to support a particular career goal. Sample courses are listed below by topic.
Policy and Management
- Health Care in the United States: Key Policy Issues
- Introduction to Emergency Health Preparedness and Response
- Communication in Health Care Organizations
- Financial Management of Healthcare Institutions
Social Behavior and Community Health
- Mass Media and Health Behavior
- Health Communication
- Preventing Disease, Disability and Premature Death
- Health Psychology
- The City and Human Health
- From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges, and Achievements in Public Health
- Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I and II
- Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health
- Medical Sociology
Biomedical and Environmental Health Sciences
- Introduction to Environmental Health
- Culture, Environment, and Health
- Environmental Laboratory Perspectives in Public Health
- Biological Basis of Public Health
- Human Population
As a public health major at UAlbany, you can pursue internships and research opportunities on the Health Sciences Campus, with community organizations, and in government agencies including the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – all located right here in New York’s capital city.
Students have interned at the NYSDOH Bureau for Immunization, the UAlbany Cancer Research Center, and the NYSDOH AIDS Institute, and participated in faculty research related to health communications, opioid addiction, sustainable dairy farming, food pantry management, and health disparities.
Graduates entering the workforce typically apply for jobs with federal, state, and nonprofit public and environmental health agencies. Popular employers include:
- New York State Department of Health
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Institutes of Health
- Food and Drug Administration
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
- Environmental Protection Agency
Alumni also pursue Peace Corps assignments and graduate school at UAlbany and other universities. Most obtain a master’s or doctorate in public health, but some earn degrees in medicine or occupational or physical therapy.
What Makes The University at Albany Great
Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.
Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.
Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.
Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.
A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.
- Africana Studies
- Art History
- Atmospheric Science
- Broadcast Meteorology
- Chinese Studies
- Cognitive Science
- Computer Science
- Creative Writing
- Criminal Justice Studies
- Documentary Studies
- Educational Studies
- Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
- Film Studies
- Financial Market Regulation
- Forensic Science
- Geographic Information Science
- Globalization Studies
- International Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Judaic Studies
- Korean Studies
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Law and Philosophy
- Legal Studies
- LGBTQ Studies
- Library and Information Science
- Medical Anthropology
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Musical Theatre
- Organizational Studies
- Political Science
- Public Health
- Public Policy
- Religious Studies
- Russian and Eastern European Studies
- Social Welfare Studies
- Theatrical Design/Technology
- Urban Studies and Planning
- U.S. Latino Studies
- Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies