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Doctor of Public Health

Public Health

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:

 

Coursework

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.

Professional Practicum 

Gain leadership experience working with senior public health practitioners in public health agencies. Teaching practicums are also available.


Electives

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.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Content

Courses and Electives
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Courses

  • 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

Environmental Health Sciences

Courses

  • 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

Health Policy, Management, and Behavior

Courses

  • 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

Content

Tuition Assistance for Public Health Employees

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.

Career Development

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.

Content

Public Health Research

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.

Beth Feingold speaking to a colleague outside of the Stepping Stones Center

Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Priority: January 5

Applicants who wish to be considered for a doctoral graduate assistantship or scholarship must submit their application by the priority deadline. Some scholarships require that applications be received earlier than the published priority deadline. Students who wish to be considered for one of the early submission scholarships should consult our Financing Your Degree page and must submit the degree application and any additional required documents by the stated date for that scholarship.

Fee waivers are available for the first program you apply to in SOPHAS to cover the initial $135 application fee. There are three types of fee waivers: financial-based, service-based, and international-based. You may only apply for one type of fee waiver, and the waiver request must be submitted before you submit your SOPHAS application. Fee waivers are granted on a first come, first served basis, so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the priority deadline when requesting a waiver.  For more information, visit SOPHAS Fees and Fee Waivers.

Applications may be accepted on a space available basis after the priority deadline. Contact the department directly at sphadmissions@albany.edu with questions about submitting your application after the priority deadline.

DrPH Degree Application

The application and all supporting materials for the DrPH must be submitted through SOPHAS.

 

Application Requirements

  • Must hold an MPH degree or other master's degree in health, social science, or related field, from an accredited American college or university or a well-regarded foreign college or university.
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • At least two years work experience in public health or related field, preferably for an uninterrupted period of time, typically, but not always, following completion of a master's degree program.*

*Applicants without a master's degree who are interested in the DrPH program should first apply to the MPH program. Qualified students in the MPH program may apply to the DrPH program during their last year of MPH study.
**Students with a master's degree other than an MPH will be required to take all MPH core courses not previously taken.

*GRE and/or MCAT are not required. However, if the applicant has taken the GRE or MCAT, a copy of the test results should be included in the application.

For application specific questions, contact us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.

 

International Requirements

  • WES evaluations for international transcripts.  Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.  
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 98 (institution code: 5688), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction


Required Application Materials

Official transcripts 

  • Official transcripts from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school, must be sent directly from the institution to SOPHAS. 
  • UAlbany students must have an official UAlbany transcript sent directly to SOPHAS.
  • Applicants who use the transcript entry service provided by SOPHAS should note that the entry process adds TWO FULL WEEKS to the time it takes for an application to be verified and considered complete by the admissions committee.


Three letters of recommendation

  • A minimum of two letters must be from academic faculty 
  • At least one letter must be from a university faculty member in the major field of study
  • Applicants who have been out of school more than five years may submit professional references.


Personal Statement

  • Describe previous professional experience, specific educational interests and career goals in public health. The student must demonstrate commitment to the practice of public health.
  • 2-3 page limit
  • At least one page discussing applicable public health or related work experience


Writing Sample

The student must demonstrate writing and communication skills through the submission of a 3-5 page writing sample with applicant as the sole author.


Interviews

The DrPH Admissions Committee will evaluate each application based on the applicant's demonstrated ability to excel at graduate work and evidence contained in the application, that the applicant has clearly defined career goals that can be advanced by completing the DrPH program. Applicants who pass an initial review of their completed application will be invited to be interviewed by the Dr PH Admissions Committee. These interviews are required.


CV/Resume

 

Application Submission

Applicants should submit their application as soon as the items you have control over are complete (personal statement, resume/CV, institutions attended, coursework entry, and all other required sections of the online application). Test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation will be added as they are received, after which SOPHAS will begin verifying your application.

Applications will not be reviewed until all required items, including official transcripts, official test scores, and required letters of recommendation, have been received and your application has been verified.  Please note that once SOPHAS has received all of your application materials, it may take up to 4 full weeks to be verified by SOPHAS.  Be sure to request all transcripts, recommendations, and standardized test scores in advance so that your application can be completed and verified by the specified application deadline.

Student Learning Objectives


Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Core Competencies

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.