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Bachelor of Science

Public Health

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • 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

See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.


For more information, contact program director Dr. Beth Fiengold Bell at bfeingold@albany.edu or program coordinator Brandon Lewis at bwlewis@albany.edu.



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.

I changed my major after taking Introduction to Public Health – it was so interesting! I fell in love with how impactful a career in public health can be, how you can bring about real change. My goal is to return to Nigeria to educate people in poorer areas to reduce mosquito breeding and prevent illness from impure water. Knowing that “prevention is better than a cure” will help me make positive changes back home.

Mmutaka A.

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