School of Public Health


David R. Holtgrave, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Health Program Director
Beth Feingold, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Brandon Lewis, M.S.
Canisius College

Erin Bell, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Carpenter, M.D.
Harvard University
Mary Gallant, Ph.D., MPH
University of Michigan
Janine Jurkowski, Ph.D., MPH
University of Illinois at Chicago
Shao Lin, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Jennifer Manganello, Ph.D., MPH
Johns Hopkins University
JoEllen Welsh, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Igor Zurbenko, Ph.D.
Moscow State University

Clinical Faculty
Catherine M. Bohn, MPH
University of California, Berkeley
Rachel deLong, M.D.
University of Wisconsin
Annette Johnson, Ed.D.
Columbia University
John Justino, MS
Georgetown University
Mary O'Reilly, Ph.D
University of Michigan
Dwight C. Williams, MSW
Rutgers University

Associate Professors
Allison Appleton, Sc.D.
Harvard University
Christine Bozlak, Ph.D., MPH
University of Illinois at Chicago
Douglas Conklin, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison  
Diane Dewar, Ph.D.
University at Albany
Beth Feingold, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Julia Hastings, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Jason Herschkowitz, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina
Akiko Hosler, Ph.D.
University at Albany
Mark H. Kuniholm, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Igor B. Kuznetsov, Ph.D. 
New York University
Ricky C. Leung, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Roxana Moslehi, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia
Feng (Johnson) Qian, Ph.D.
University of Rochester   
Ramune Reliene, Ph.D.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Melissa Tracy, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Tomoko Udo, Ph.D.
Rutgers University 
Elizabeth Vasquez, DrPH
New York Medical College               
Wendy Weller, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Xiaobo Xue, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh   
Yuchi Young, DrPH
Johns Hopkins University
Kai Zhang, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Assistant Professors
Bum-Kyu Lee
University of Texas, Austin
Edward Valachovic
University at Albany

Public Health’s mission is to address the physical, mental, and environmental concerns of populations at risk for disease and injury. Through a unique partnership between the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health, the School of Public Health trains students to promote and improve the health of the population through education, research, community service, and leadership.

The School of Public Health is comprised of four academic departments: Biomedical Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology & Biostatistics; and Health Policy, Management & Behavior. The School offers an undergraduate minor in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. The School offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Science, Master of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Public Health.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

This degree sequence includes the educational objectives of nurturing critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of information, and recognizing the historical and societal context of current trends in public health and health care delivery. It also provides an introduction to disease control and health promotion interventions, and determinants of health from a global perspective.

Admission Requirements

There are no admission requirements for the major.

Course Progression Restriction

Students must complete A MAT 108 with a grade of B or better to register for H SPH 332.

Please visit the School’s website or contact Brandon Lewis, the School’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator for additional details: [email protected] or 518-442-3155.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Public Health

General Program B.S.:  A minimum of 39 credits distributed as follows:

Prerequisite Core (6 credits)
A BIO 130 General Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
A MAT 108 Elementary Statistics

Public Health Core (24 credits)
H SPH 201 Introduction to Public Health
H SPH 231 Concepts in Epidemiology
H SPH 305 Biological Basis of Personal and Public Health
H SPH 321 Global Environmental Issues and their Effect on Human Health
H SPH 332 Introduction to Biostatistics
H SPH 341Z Promoting Healthy People and Communities
H SPH 342 How U.S. Health Care Works: Myths and Realities
H SPH 460 Capstone: Evidence-Based Public Health

Electives (select 9 credits from the following, at least 6 of which must be 300 level or higher)
A AFS 333 The Black Community: Continuity and Change
A ANT 119 The City and Human Health
A ANT 211 Human Population Biology
A ANT 418 Culture, Environment, and Health
A COM 340 Health Communication
A HIS 277 Culture and History of Food in the United States
A PHI 338 Moral Problems in Medicine
A PHI 417 Bioethics
A PSY 329 Health Psychology
A SOC 359 Medical Sociology
H BMS 505 Biological Basis of Public Health
H BMS 622 Cancer Biology
H EHS 590 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences
H EPI 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
H EPI 503 Principles of Public Health
H EPI 514 Computer Programming for Data Management and Analysis in Public Health
H HPM 469 Topics in Health Policy, Management and Behavior
H HPM 500 Health Care Organizations, Delivery, and Finance
H HPM 525 Social Behavior Aspects of Public Health
H HPM 531 Childhood Obesity from a Public Health Perspective
H HPM 550/B BUS 681 Financial Management of Health Care Institutions
H SPH 202 From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges, and Achievements in Public Health
H SPH 203 Integrative Care in Public Health
H SPH 259 Topics in Public Health
H SPH 323 Environmental Lab Perspectives of Public Health
H SPH 343 Mass Media and Health Behavior
H SPH/A ECO/H HPM 381 Economics of Health Care
H SPH 397 Independent Study in Public Health
H SPH 421/H HPM 521 Preventing Disease, Disability, and Death
H SPH 430 Health Literacy
H SPH 435 Social Determinants of Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Applications
H SPH 459 Advanced Topics in Public Health
H SPH 469 Topics in Health Policy, Management and Behavior
H SPH 490 Public Health Field Placement
H SPH 499 Research Placement in Public Health


All undergraduate H SPH courses, H HPM 310, and H HPM 381, offered by the School of Public Health, are considered “liberal arts and sciences” courses for the purposes of meeting B.A. and B.S. degree requirements.

Courses in the School of Public Health are preceded by the school’s letter H.