Investigate the mechanisms of health and disease through biomedical research
Increase your understanding of infectious and non-infectious diseases by learning from experts at UAlbany’s School of Public Health and the Wadsworth Center, the public health laboratory of New York State.
Mentorship lies at the heart of the master’s in biomedical sciences program. This enables you to immediately connect with prominent scientists, develop lab skills, and work on biomedical research projects that directly impact public health.
In addition to courses, you can take graduate workshops in advanced light microscopy and image analysis, bioinformatic analysis of large next-generation sequencing datasets, and RNA interference and genome editing technologies.
Program of Study
- Molecular Cell Biology
- Laboratory Rotations in Biomedical Sciences
- Biomedical Science Horizons
- Current Literature in Biomedical Sciences
- Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
- Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology OR Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
- Principles of Public Health
Specialized courses are available in the areas of cancer, infection and immunity, genes and genomes, neuroscience, structural biology, and drug discovery and therapeutics.
Major Field Exam
Learn first-hand from faculty who actively address public health issues facing New York State and beyond. More than 75% of faculty in the School of Public Health hold appointments with the NYS Department of Health, which provides many research opportunities in the labs of the internationally recognized Wadsworth Center. You may also work with faculty in the University’s Cancer Research Center.
In addition to partnership with the Wadsworth Center, the School of Public Health maintains connections with:
- Ge*NY*Sis Center for Cancer Genomics
- National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies
- New York Neural Stem Cell Institute
- RNA Institute at the University at Albany
Many master’s students decide to continue their studies in the PhD in Biomedical Sciences program at the University at Albany.
Others get hired as biomedical lab technicians and managers of research facilities in universities, medical centers, research institutes, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and government health agencies such as the CDC and NIH.
Some even continue their research careers in companies located on the Health Sciences Campus, such as Regeneron, Taconic and Albany Molecular Research.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Apply fundamental concepts in the core areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to a succinct research problem in the chosen specialty area.
- Apply laboratory skills such as planning of experiments, data acquisition, management and analysis to a selected research problem.
- Critically evaluate the scientific literature.
- Demonstrate needed communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Apply fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences to public health issues, in particular, in the detection, treatment and prevention of disease.
- Understand the contribution of advanced biomedical science disciplines to public health.
- Understand and demonstrate the proper conduct of scientific research.