Become a Successful Public Health Leader
Deepen your knowledge of public health research, policy, and practice to prepare for a career as a public health leader.
In the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program, you master core public health competencies in preparation for leadership roles in public health practice in a variety of settings.
As part of the DrPH curriculum, you complete coursework and practicums in which you work on high-impact programs and research initiatives. To finish the program, which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, you carry out and defend an evidence-based research project.
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:
Take required and elective courses in health policy and management, leadership, research methods, program planning, proposal writing, and more. Electives can be chosen from coursework in Health Policy, Management and Behavior, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Environmental Health Sciences, as well as from other departments at the University at Albany.
Gain leadership experience working with senior public health practitioners in public health agencies. Teaching practicums are also available.
Choose from courses in Health Policy, Management and Behavior, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Environmental Health Sciences.
Doctor Project and Dissertation
Carry out and present original empirical research in a public health discipline.
- Introduction to the Theory of Statistics I and II
- Methods of Data Analysis I and II
- General Topics in Epidemiological Methods
- One advanced course in epidemiology or biostatistics
Sample job titles: Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Field Epidemiology Training Program Manager, Health Services Researcher, Data Manager, Director of Quality Improvement, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Community Health Program Manager
Sample employers: State Health Departments (Virginia, Texas, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wyoming and more), Adirondack Rural Health Network, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
- Principles of Environmental Chemistry
- Principles of Toxicology
- Risk Assessment
- Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
- Two advanced courses in environmental health topics
Sample electives: Geographic Information Systems; Water Quality; Global Environmental Health Policy; Industrial Hygiene; Environment and Cancer; Atmospheric Environment and Human Welfare
Sample job titles: Safety Engineer, Environmental Health Associate, Research Scientist, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, Project Coordinator
Sample employers: Global Foundries, NYSDOH Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, New York State Department of Health, NYS Energy Research and Development, Schenectady County Public Health Services
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy and Management
- Strategy and Leadership Applications in Health Management
- Fundamentals of Research Design
- Family and Community Health
- Maternal and Child Health
- Public Health in Aging
- Program Evaluation
Sample job titles: Director of Quality Assurance, Managed Care Policy Analyst, Government Affairs Coordinator, Patient Safety and Risk Management Analyst, Director of Public Policy, Community Health Program Manager, Director of Education, Program Evaluation and Reporting Director
Sample employers: National Institute for Health Care Management, American Cancer Society, Health Federation of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Fidelis Care New York, Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition, NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, New York State Department of Health
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.