Place yourself at the forefront of Public Health by learning how to prevent future disease outbreaks before they become epidemics.
Explore biology, genetics, data analysis, community-based research and interpersonal communication techniques that will prepare you for success in the field. Develop critical skills in empathy and cross-cultural competence that will fully prepare you to work with a multitude of populations.
You will also gain a strong understanding of the health care system while learning about the importance of taking preventative measures to improve health outcomes.
Public Health is the combination of health sciences and social justice and is for those who ask "why" when faced with the world's health issues.
You can select from one of two tracks: Community Health or Health Analytics. In your final year, you will be required to complete a capstone project (typically an internship, community education initiative, or research project) that aligns with your career interests.
Our Public Health faculty keep your future goals top of mind - entering the workforce immediately upon graduation or continuing your education. Many graduates of this program use their degree as a stepping stone to gain acceptance into medical and PA schools.
Recent graduates have interned for local organizations including the Capital City Rescue Mission Medical Clinic, Columbia County Department of Health, New York State Public Health Association and Ronald McDonald House.
Our students also have the option to study abroad for a semester, thanks to partnerships the College has developed with St. John's University and American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS).
In the Public Health program, your research can take you out of the classroom and into communities battling various health disparities, often requiring you to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals. Of course, if you are interested in more traditional laboratory research, there are a wide range of faculty at the College who can help you get started.
Prior student research projects have covered topics including the role of visual and interpersonal communication in health promotion event planning, social support during chemotherapy for breast cancer survivors and the impact of premature births on families.
Public Health Faculty research interests include patient-provider communication, health disparities and vulnerable patient populations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026.
One of the strengths of the program is that it prepares you equally well for whatever you decide to do - whether that's continue your education or begin work right away.
Some of our recent graduates are employed in places that include the NYS Department of Health, NYS Senate, Albany Medical Center, and KPMG. Others are continuing their education at Albany Medical College (Physician Assistant Studies), Rutgers University (M.S. in Public Health), University at Albany (M.S. in Health Communication), Albany Memorial Hospital (Nursing).
Click the below link to find a more extensive list of where our graduates can be found.