University at Albany SUNY School of Public Health

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The School of Public Health, University at Albany is a dynamic and progressive place for students to advance their careers through graduate study. We are the only School of Public Health in the United States that is in partnership with a state health department, providing students with opportunities to work closely with faculty who are practitioners and research scientists addressing “front-page” health issues. Degree programs are interdisciplinary and competency based, combining cutting edge research, policy development and administration. Our students benefit from having access to New York State Department of Health facilities, databases, internships and full-time employment opportunities.

Available Degrees by Area of Study

Biomedical Sciences MPH, MS, PhD
Biostatistics MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH
Environmental Health MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH
Epidemiology MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH
Health Policy & Management MPH, MPH/MSW, DrPH
Social Behavioral & Community Health MPH, DrPH
Public Health Practice MPH
Public Health Fundamental and Principles Certificate
Health Disparities Certificate

Master’s International Program

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The Master’s International (MI) Program provides students with the opportunity to incorporate Peace Corps Volunteer Service into the Master of Public Health degree. A Master’s International student will complete one year of intensive on-campus academic coursework, followed by a 27 months Peace Corps assignment relevant to their field of study. MI benefits include second language fluency, experience in public health, and academic credit for time served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Dual Degree Programs

The School of Public Health and the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany offer students with an interest in both public health and social work to complete both master’s degrees in three years. For more information on this program, visit Applications for the MPH/MSW dual degree program must be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the University at Albany at,

This dual degree is targeted at medical students who are interested in acquiring knowledge and skills in public health. The marriage of medical and public health skills will enable physicians to be better practitioners and leaders in the fields of medicine and public health. For more information on this program, visit

Fully Online Programs

MPH in Public Health Practice
The part-time Online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice provides an exciting, opportunity for professionals seeking their MPH degree while working in the field of public health. Like our traditional MPH program, this concentration provides a strong academic foundation in the core disciplines of public health and opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills gained to real-world public health practice.

Program enrollment is open to 20 students in the fall and spring semesters and can be completed part-time in 3 years. All course work is completed online; there are no required in-person classes. There are no residency requirements.

The MPH requires 9 credits of internship, but applicants may receive a 6 credit waiver based on previous experience. A hands-on 3-credit internship experience is required of all students, regardless of previous experience. Students may fulfill this requirement at their current workplace, but must complete a project beyond their normal job function or regular duties.

Certificate in Public Health Fundamental and Principles
The Certificate in Public Health serves as a first look at public health or to further enhance one’s knowledge and understanding of the field. Students who complete the certificate program may apply the course credits toward the MPH degree.

Tuition and Fees

2013-2014 Tuition and Fees
$411/credit or $4,932 per semester of full-time study for New York State residents; $765/credit or $9,180 per semester of full-time study for out-of-state and international students

University fees are $713 per semester.

Schools History

The School opened in 1985 as a joint venture of the University, the New York State Department of Health, and later Albany Medical College. This arrangement enriches the academic life of the School and benefits our diverse student body. Most of the 200+ faculty members at the School have primary appointments at the Department of Health, working on a daily basis administering major health programs for the state of New York, or researching scientific or policy questions of national significance. Case studies discussed in the classroom frequently emerge from a faculty member’s long experience in the field. Students have regular access to these health experts as teachers, mentors and internship advisors. What’s more, students have immediate access through the School to a vast array of internship opportunities, both at the Health Department and at a wide variety of other public and private institutions throughout the world.

Over 400 students from a wide variety of academic, racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds are enrolled in academic programs at the School of Public Health. We are always seeking to increase the diversity of our student body. Dozens of students, many of whom work full time in professional careers, take courses at the School on a part-time basis.

Our School offers opportunities for research and practical experience that are rich, varied and virtually unlimited in their scope and possibility. New York State and the counties in our region serve as a laboratory for the study of public health problems that affect our nation and our world. New York is a melting pot of ethnic and racial groups from all over the world, so the public health problems of New York reflect the world’s health.

Degrees Conferred: Distance Learning Programs, Peace Corps Programs, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Certificate Program, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Public Health, Master of Public Health