Upcoming Webinar:


"Delivering Public Health Education via Distance Learning to Strengthen the Public Health Workforce"

Presented by:

Brenda Kirkwood, MPH, DrPH

School of Public Health, University at Albany

As the field of public health evolves and is called upon to address a wide range of current and emerging issues impacting the health of populations, having a workforce equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skill is imperative. However, a recent nationally-represented survey indicates that only 17 percent of the governmental public health workforce has any formal training in public health. Recognizing the need to make public health education accessible, distance learning is increasingly being sought. The University at Albany, SUNY, School of Public Health has responded and currently offers a fully-online Master of Public Health degree and three fully-online graduate certificate programs. This presentation will discuss public health workforce education needs and how distance learning can be leveraged with specific examples from the University at Albany, SUNY, School of Public Health online teaching and learning experience.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe public health workforce education needs
  2. Describe benefits of distance learning
  3. Identify online programs offered through the University at Albany, SUNY, School of Public Health

Date:  Wednesday, March 15

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fee:  FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Presenter Bio

Brenda Kirkwood, MPH, DrPH, has experience in higher education spanning public and private institutions on the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels, including development and teaching of undergraduate and graduate public health courses, development and management of public health academic programs and contributing to national educational initiatives. She has held faculty and administrative positions at the University at Albany, The George Washington University, American University, and George Mason University. She currently serves as the Director of the Online Master of Public Health program at the University at Albany, SUNY, School of Public Health where she is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior.

Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Kirkwood held positions with the New York State Cancer Registry and the Bureaus of Sexually Transmitted Disease Control and Injury Prevention within the New York State Department of Health. She received a bachelor of science degree from Ithaca College, master of public health degree from the University at Albany and doctor of public health degree from The George Washington University.

Dr. Kirkwood has been actively involved in national efforts to expand public health education and strengthen the public health workforce. As a researcher and educator, she has collaborated with a number of academic and public health workforce organizations. She is co-author of a textbook titled Public Health 101: Healthy People, Healthy Populations2nd edition and co-author of a textbook supplement titled One Health: From AIDS to Zika, both published by Jones and Bartlett Learning.



Past Webinars 

"Having an Effective Meeting with Lawmakers"

View slides HERE

View the webinar recording HERE

(Please note: This recording will start on slide 11 due to technical difficulties) 


 Featuring:  Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NY Public Interest Research Group

Topics covered include:

  • Educating vs. Lobbying
  • Steps to holding a meeting (if doing yourself)
  • Tips for successful meetings
  • Meeting with staffers vs. the legislators
  • Do’s and don’ts of follow up



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