HRSA Grant-Funded Education

Transform your career with a grant-supported public health education from the University at Buffalo! With funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions is providing grant-funded opportunities for Master of Public Health and Advanced Public Health Certificate programs for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this grant-funded opportunity is to to increase the capacity in public health systems to meet core public health functions, the Ten Essential Public Health Services, and decrease public health inequities and health disparities. 

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The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions is the recipient of $1.3 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to be used in the education and training of the nation's future public health workforce.

Western New York suffers from a severe shortage of public health workers, a challenge exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and some parts of the region have the worst health outcomes in the state. The education and training through the Public Health PRACTICE (Prepare, Respond and Collaborate to Address Inequities, COVID and other Emergencies) grant aims to address both of these issues by ensuring that area health departments and community-based organizations have skilled staff to reduce health disparities and lead COVID-19 response. 

The program will fund graduate tuition for Master of Public Health (all concentrations) and Advanced Public Health Certificate program students from underrepresented backgrounds. The program is rooted in several key objectives, including educating the public health workforce to address public health inequities and health disparities, and incorporate principles of social determinants of health into practice. Another objective involves training the public health workforce to prevent, prepare for and respond to recovery activities related to COVID-19, as well as other public health emergencies, by providing public health field experience opportunities.

How It Works...

Take Your First Step

Enroll in UB's MPH or Advanced Public Health Certificate programs to understand core public health competencies, strategies to eliminate health disparities, and emergency and pandemic preparedness response. Your education will equip you with the tools to be successful as you strive to positively change the health of communities on a local to global scale.  

Raise Your Hand

Apply for grant-paid tuition if you are an applicant who will contribute to the diversity of the program and field based on race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status or first-generation.

Take Advantage of the Opportunity

You will get a public health education as an HRSA trainee in a world-class, CEPH accredited, nationally ranked school of public health (UB ranked No. 31 in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of schools of public health). Trainees will receive:

  • Paid New York State resident or online graduate tuition + fees
  • Additional supplemental education costs

Only United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible.

Extra Perks

HRSA trainees in the MPH program will get additional opportunities outside of the classroom to prepare them for their futures as public health practitioners. Trainees will get more hands on experience through extended field training opportunities, as well as additional certifications in Public Health Leadership and Strategies for Eliminating Health Disparities. 

Learn More About Us

Get in touch with our team through an upcoming information session, or via email or phone. 

Apply Now

We're ready to work with you to get you started. Interested prospective students can apply online to the MPH or Advanced Public Health Certificate programs. Once you submit your application, you can complete our online supplemental application to see if you're eligible for the HRSA grant-supported opportunity! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition is paid through the support of Health Resources and Services Administration training grant # T52HP46771
Principal investigator--Dr. Gregory G. Homish, professor and chair, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior