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Master of Public Health

Public Health Online

Program of Study


Coursework for this program is completed entirely online.

Core Courses (21 credits)

  • Professional Practice in Public Health
  • Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • Basic Principles of Statistical Inference
  • Biological Basis of Public Health
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Health Care Organization, Finance, and Delivery

Concentration in Public Health Practice (9 credits)

  • Program Development in Health Promotion
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health Leadership

Professional Internships (9 credits)

Gain 720 hours of professional experience working in public health organizations. If you enter the program with significant experience in public health fields, you can apply to waive up to 6 credits of this 9-credit requirement.

Public Health Electives (12 credits)

Sample course topics:

  • Health Law
  • Global Environmental Health Policy
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Zoonosis
  • Grant Writing for Public Health
  • Global Health Economics
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Value-Based Health Care
  • Emergency and Public Health Preparedness
  • Community-Based Health Disparities
  • Health Education

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Online Education at [email protected].

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 Paths


Students in the online program reflect a wide range of ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Dentists, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, nurses, and educators are all represented among online MPH students. Completing this program enables you to enhance your career with applicable public health skills. You will gain invaluable knowledge about the health of populations, enabling you to have a significant impact on the communities around you.

Our graduates work for organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and county health departments, insurers, nonprofits, and NGOs.

Sample job titles include: Director of Public and Environmental Health; Immunization Program Coordinator; Physician Advisor; Research Coordinator; Epidemiologist; Health Promotions Specialist; Consumer Safety Officer; Vaccine Researcher; Senior Emergency Planner; Data Quality Reviewer; Director of County Health Planning and Promotion; and Senior Policy Associate.


The knowledge I gained from the online MPH program helped me become both a skilled public health clinician and clinical researcher. The program emphasizes evidence-based public health practice that has truly opened doors for me in the field of global health.

- Dr. Parth Shah

Admission Requirements


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Fee waivers are available for the first program you apply to in SOPHAS to cover the initial $140 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.

Online MPH Degree Application

The application and all supporting materials for the online Master of Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS.

Visit the SOPHAS Applicant Help Center for help with starting your SOPHAS application.


Application Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 in a completed bachelor's and/or graduate degree
  • One semester of social sciences 
  • A college-level course in mathematics (algebra or pre-calculus) or statistics with a grade of B or higher


Note: GRE not required for admission.


For application specific questions, contact us at [email protected] or 518-402-6479.

International Requirements

  • International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 98 or IELTS score of 7.0. We will only accept official scores sent by the testing institution.
  • UAlbany SOPHAS TOEFL code is 5688. We do not use department codes. 
  • The TOEFL or IELTS is not required for international students who have completed at least four semesters of full-time study within a four-year time frame from time of application, and maintained at least a B average at a college or university in the United States or a country from an approved list.  For questions regarding English Language Proficiency waivers, please email Soha Acosta at [email protected].
  • Please note that F-1 and J-1 students are not eligible for enrollment to the online MPH program. Applicants to the Online MPH in Public Health Practice must be US citizens or residing in the US for the duration of the program of study.
  • International students must request a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES). The WES evaluation must be sent directly to SOPHAS, NOT the University at Albany or the School of Public Health.

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. You must report all colleges and universities attended and submit official transcripts, even if your transfer credits are listed on your primary transcript. See Sending Official Transcripts for more guidelines.
  • 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 for five years or more may submit professional references.
  • Letters must be signed and on institutional/organizational letterhead


Personal Statement

  • Why do you wish to pursue a career in public health and why are you interested in your chosen area of study?
  • 2-page limit




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.

Special Notes

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

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

MPH Foundational Competencies
  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice Public Health & Healthcare Systems
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels Planning and Management to Promote Health
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs Policy in Public Health
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy making process, including roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholder and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health for diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity Leadership
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges Communication
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content Inter-professional Practice
  • Perform effectively on inter-professional teams Systems Thinking
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue