Division of Public Health Practice

The Division of Public Health Practice aims to link academia and the practice of public health in organizations and communities throughout the Capital Region to support and promote public health efforts.

The Division of Public Health Practice:
1.Leverages the strengths of the School of Public Health faculty and students for community engagement public health initiatives that are in partnership with organizations such as nonprofits and colleges in the region with the goal understand and address local public health issues from a social determinants perspective.
2.Supports the work of three public health practice centers that provide continuing public health education training and health work force data, both of which influence public health practice and policy.
3.Fosters a network of public health colleagues in the Capital Region and seeks guidance from these colleagues through the Community Advisory Council of the School of Public Health.

The Division facilitates community engagement by connecting faculty and students to opportunities for community-engaged research, volunteering, service learning and internships. The division has four community engagement principles:
1.Mutually beneficial to the community and school
2.Recognize assets as well as needs to address public health disparities
3.Interdisciplinary partnerships
4.Engagement with a long term vision for sustainability

Our Centers 


Center for Health Workforce Studies

Center for Public Health Continuing Education

Center for Public Health Preparedness


Certificate of Distinction in Community Service

In previous years, the School of Public Health offered a Certificate of Distinction in Community Service to recognize the extraordinary volunteer contributions many of our students have made. Students often do public health related volunteer work in addition to their internships/ field placements and independent studies. Students may track their community service at all levels and semesters prior to graduation: Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctorate.

To earn the certificate, students must complete unpaid, non-credit work in local, state or global organizations during their time in graduate school. The service need not directly relate to public health or healthcare but may be in areas that are determinants of health. Students must complete at least 100 hours to be considered for the Certificate of Distinction and at least 125 hours to be considered for the Dean’s Certificate.

To document your service, submit a Certificate Timesheet for each site at which you volunteer, describing the work done and reporting the number of hours worked. In the spirit of community service, we are counting on the honor system for accuracy of reports. Records for all semesters preceding graduation are accepted.

Volunteers will receive recognition at a SPH reception at the end of the spring semester. To be considered, a graduating student must submit their community service hours by April 27, 2018 to The Division of Public Health Practice, sph09@albany.edu. Please contact through email with any questions about the Certificate Announcement.


Our Friends & Partners

It is important in the field of public health to maintain open lines of communication and collaboration. The University at Albany School of Public Health celebrates their partnership with the Community Advisory Council and other members in the field of public health in the Capital District who strive to work together and create a better, healthier community.

The Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a group of representatives from various nonprofit organizations that have public health related missions and activities. The CAC meets multiple times during the academic year to:

  • Advise on best practices for the school’s public health outreach effort
  • Share ideas and networks to advance community engagement initiatives

Current Members

Ingrid Allard, MD, MSEd
Associate Dean, Community Outreach and Medical Education, Albany Medical College
Russ Altone, JD, MA, MPH
Co-Organizer, Refugee Community Health Partnership Program, Trinity Alliance
Dorcey Applyrs, MPH, DrPH
Faculty Program Director, Excelsior College
Susan Birkhead, DNS, MPH, RN, CNE
Director, Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Monika Boeckmann, MBA-ABD, MA, MS
Executive Director, Senior Services of Albany and Cohoes
Zanetta Gary
Vice President of Education, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Chelly Hegan, MA, MFA
President & Chief Executive Officer, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Lottie Jameson
Chief Community Development Officer, Adirondack Health Institute
Kevin Jobin-Davis, PhD
Executive Director, Healthy Capital District Initiative
Katherine Maciol, LCSW 
President & Chief Executive Officer, CEO Empowers
Elena Rosenbaum, MD
Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College
Erin Simaeo, MPH
Public Health Systems Administrator, Schenectady County Public Health Services
Bridget Walsh, MPH
Senior Policy Analyst, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
Darlene Yule, MPH
Community Health and Development Director,Capital District Child Care Council

Our Director

Position: Associate Dean, Public Health Practice
Office: (518) 402-0420
Email: jjurkowski@albany.edu
Fax: (518) 402-0414
Website: UAlbany SPH Faculty Page


Post-Doctoral Fellow National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, University of Illinois at Chicago 2004 
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences 2003  
M.P.H. Boston University School of Public Health Epidemiology and Health Promotion 1998 
B.A. University of Rochester Health and Nutrition 1995


Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Janine M. Jurkowski, MPH, PhD has been a faculty member of the School of Public Health for the past 11 years. She has over 15 years experience using a Community-Based Participatory Research approach in her research to understand and address social and cultural determinants of health related to chronic disease prevention among low-income and disadvantaged women and families and people with disabilities. She has received over $1.1 million in federal grants to pursue this research and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jurkowski has partnered locally with El Valor in Chicago, Centro Civico in Amsterdam, NY, Commission on Economic Opportunities, the Schenectady Public Health Services, and the NY State Department of Health. She teaches Community-Based Public Health, Health Disparities, and Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health.