School of Public Health

By the Numbers

  • Total enrollment: 409
  • Master's: 216
  • Graduate Certificates: 27
  • Doctoral: 140

School of Public Health

Major Highlights

The School of Public Health was selected by the Peace Corps to partner in offering the Master's International Program.

To further expand its international public health initiatives, the School established the Center for Global Health

During May 2009 commencement ceremonies, the first UAlbany undergraduate degrees in public health were awarded to three students, and the first graduates of the combined M.D./M.P.H. program with Albany Medical College received master's of public health degrees.

David O. Carpenter, M.D., professor, environmental health sciences, presented testimony to the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the U.S. Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee on cell phone use and tumors, specifically citing dangers to children, and was featured on a segment of ABC's Good Morning America.

A study led by Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research Edward L. Hannan, health policy, management and behavior, found that heart patients who undergo angioplasty immediately after catheterization live longer than patients who delay the procedure. The findings were published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The Center for Health Workforce Studies published several reports on workforce trends, including predicted future shortages of registered nurses in New York, the limited growth in supply of physicians in upstate New York, and the emerging role of faith-based nurses.

Jennifer Manganello, assistant professor, health policy, management and behavior, edited the book Media Messages and Public Health, A Decisions Approach to Content Analysis.

Empire Innovations Professor Martin Tenniswood assumed the role of director of the Cancer Research Center in March 2009.

For the fourth consecutive year, a team of students and faculty traveled over the winter break to New Orleans to participate in continuing work to rebuild the city.
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The Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow CORE team worked with the local Boys & Girls Clubs to create a nutrition and physical activity program called Healthy Kids, Healthy Rensselaer

Empire Innovations Professor JoEllen Welsh discussed the biological connections between diet, nutrition and cancer at the first Hogarty Family Foundation Lecture .

Students Kristin Zielinski and Allison Hazlett participated in the Genetic Analysis Workshop at the International Genetic Epidemiology Society meeting in St. Louis, Mo., in September 2008.

The Prevention Research Center  hosted a "Keep Walking" community summit, designed to help communities develop or improve existing programs.

Awards and Recognition

Guthrie S. Birkhead, M.D., associate professor, epidemiology, and deputy commissioner, NYS Department of Health Office of Public Health, was named chairman of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Charlotte Druschel, assistant professor, epidemiology, received the prestigious Godfrey P. Oakley, Jr. Award in recognition of her significant lifetime contributions to research focused on birth defects.

Mary Applegate, associate dean for academic affairs and director of the New York State Preventive Medicine Residency Program, was appointed to a seat on the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Preventive medicine resident and December 2008 M.P.H. graduate Sara Brenner, MD, received the American College of Preventive Medicine's Don Gemson Resident Award. She later assumed a position as assistant vice president for nanohealth initiatives and assistant professor of nanobioscience at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

David Momrow, senior vice president, American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, received the 2009 School of Public Health Distinguished Public Service Award.

Elizabeth (Libby) Becker and Christina Hansen, M.P.H. students, were among six named 2009 Fellows on Women and Public Policy by the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at UAlbany's Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.


Benjamin A. Shaw, associate professor, health policy, management and behavior, $1.2 million, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, to examine how health behaviors and lifestyles evolve during old age in the U.S. and Japan.

Erin M. Bell, assistant professor, epidemiology and Charlotte Druschel, assistant professor, epidemiology, $3.4 million, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, to conduct the Upstate New York Infant Development Screening Program.

Thomas Begley, assistant professor, biomedical sciences, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, to help organize the 3rd European Union - United States Workshop on “Systems Level Understanding of DNA Damage Responses” held in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. 

Center for Public Health Continuing Education, $365,666, U.S. Department of Labor, to develop a technology-based training program for public health nurses.