Program of Study
The Doctor of Public Health program is completed through full or part-time study on campus and includes the following coursework and experiences:
MPH Courses (15 credits)
You will be able to transfer in the appropriate credits if you have a previous MPH degree from an accredited school or program.
- Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
- Principles of Public Health
- Principles of Statistical Inference I
- Health Care Organization, Delivery and Financing
- Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Core Courses (30 credits)
- Advanced Topics in Public Health Research and Practice I & II
- Translating Research Into Public Health Policy & Program Implementation
- Principles of Statistical Inference II
- Health Policy Analysis
- Public Health Leadership
- Principles of Health Organization Management
- Program Development in Health Promotion
- Strategy & Leadership Applications in Health Management
- Protocol Development and Grant Writing
Additional Course Requirements (9-12 credits)
- Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health (3 credits)
- Professional Development Seminar (0 credits)
- Elective Courses: Two or three courses chosen in consultation with your advisor (6-9 credits)
Professional Practicum Requirements (9-12 credits)
Gain leadership experience working with senior public health practitioners in public health agencies and through a mentored teaching experience.
- DrPH Practicum (9 credits)
- DrPH Teaching Practicum (0 or 3 credits)
Doctor Project and Dissertation
Carry out and present original empirical research in a public health discipline.
If you work in a county health department in New York State or for the NYS Department of Health, you may be eligible to receive tuition assistance through the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow program at UAlbany.
The doctoral public health program at UAlbany includes renowned practica experiences and leadership training that prepares you to succeed as a public health leader or academic researcher.
Choose from ample opportunities to work on significant public health projects in state and county health departments, hospitals, community clinics, nonprofits, and non-governmental organizations in the Capital Region.
Professors in the School of Public Health conduct research in community settings and scientific labs. More than 75% of the faculty hold appointments with the NYS Department of Health, which makes it easy to obtain public health internships in labs of the internationally recognized Wadsworth Center.
As a graduate student, you learn in advanced labs on UAlbany’s Health Sciences Campus where you can easily participate in research projects in the Cancer Research Center, Prevention Research Center, Public Health Preparedness Center, Cardiac Quality Improvement Initiative, and Center for Health Workforce Studies.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
Data & Analysis
- Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community and population) levels
- Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue
- Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s health
Leadership, Management & Governance
- Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other partners
- Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy , for purposes of influencing behavior and policies
- Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
- Create a strategic plan
- Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods
- Create organizational change strategies
- Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems
- Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities, including cultural proficiency
- Propose human, fiscal and other resources to achieve a strategic goal
- Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal
Policy & Programs
- Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue
- Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs
- Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis
- Propose interprofessional team approaches to improving public health
Education & Workforce Development
- Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs
- Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational or community settings
- Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices.
Additional DrPH Competencies
- Use an implementation science framework to develop a comprehensive implementation plan for a public health program or policy
- Apply a health equity framework to analyze how health equity has been incorporated or not incorporated in the implementation of a public health program or policy
- Analyze how a specific decision analytic method has been used or not used in implementing a public health or policy intervention
- Propose appropriate evaluation strategies and measures for assessing an implementation plan
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer software for data entry, database management, data analysis and displaying and reporting results