Public Health

2022 Best Public Health Schools

547 Colleges in the United States
35,375 Public Health Degrees Awarded
$41,740 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #27 in popularity, public health is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 547 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Public Health Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 35,375 degrees in public health during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Public Health School

Best Public Health Schools The public health program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Public Health rankings. For our Best Overall Public Health School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Public Health Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Public Health Schools list to help you make the college decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Public Health in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of public health degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Public Health

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
366 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Harvard University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in public health. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 366 public health students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Harvard University receive $52,960 more than the standard public health grad.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In CA

Stanford University is a wonderful choice for students interested in a degree in public health. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 28 public health students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NH
86 Public Health Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Dartmouth College if you wish to pursue a degree in public health. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 86 public health students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
355 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Columbia University in the City of New York is a great option for students interested in a degree in public health. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 355 public health students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Public Health degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York get an earnings boost of approximately $18,110 over the typical income of public health graduates.

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#5

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
133 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Yale is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were about 133 public health students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Yale University earn $21,960 more than the typical public health grad.

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#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
740 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 740 public health students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Johns Hopkins University receive $19,560 more than the average public health grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TX
207 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Houston, UTHealth is a public university with a medium-sized student population.

There were about 207 public health students who graduated with this degree at UTHealth in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in public health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In PA
73 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Erie, LECOM is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

There were approximately 73 public health students who graduated with this degree at LECOM in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in public health from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
483 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 483 public health students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the public health program at University of California - Berkeley make $11,810 above the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
72 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 72 public health students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Public Health degree recipients from Northwestern University earn a boost of approximately $17,860 above the typical earnings of public health majors.

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#11

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
132 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence. This university ranks 1st out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were about 132 public health students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the public health program state that they receive average early career income of $43,500.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
217 Public Health Degrees Awarded

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 11th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 217 public health students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Public Health degree recipients from University of California - Los Angeles receive an earnings boost of about $35,260 over the average income of public health graduates.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a degree in public health from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

#14

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In IL

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 8 public health students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
111 Public Health Degrees Awarded

WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis. This university ranks 1st out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were approximately 111 public health students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the public health degree program at Washington University in St Louis get $10,360 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
353 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 9th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 353 public health students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the public health program state that they receive average early career income of $37,300.

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#17

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
131 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 131 public health students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Tufts University make $9,960 more than the average public health grad.

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#18

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
60 Public Health Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 60 public health students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Public Health degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania earn a boost of about $17,460 above the average earnings of public health majors.

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#19

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TN
63 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 50 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were roughly 63 public health students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#20

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
53 Public Health Degrees Awarded

SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Santa Clara. This university ranks 12th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 53 public health students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, public health degree recipients typically make about $31,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
277 Public Health Degrees Awarded

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the city of Austin. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 277 public health students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In PA
89 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Thomas Jefferson University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. This university ranks 13th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 89 public health students who graduated with this degree at Thomas Jefferson University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#23

Duke University

Durham, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NC
79 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 79 public health students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
522 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 39 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were about 522 public health students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year. Public Health degree recipients from University of Maryland - College Park receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,610 above the typical earnings of public health graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
69 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Omaha, UNMC is a public university with a small student population.

There were about 69 public health students who graduated with this degree at UNMC in the most recent data year. Those public health students who get their degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center make $4,660 more than the average public health grad.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Public Health Schools

#26

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#30

Boston University

Boston, MA
#31

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

#32

George Washington University

Washington, DC

#33

New York University

New York, NY
#34

Elon University

Elon, NC
#36

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#37

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#39

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

#41

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Public Health Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 547 different United States public health schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
51 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
52 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
53 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
54 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
55 University of Georgia Athens, GA
56 University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
57 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
58 American University Washington, DC
59 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
60 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
61 Illinois State University Normal, IL
62 University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX
63 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
64 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
65 University of Delaware Newark, DE
66 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
67 Simmons University Boston, MA
68 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
69 University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
70 University of New England Biddeford, ME
71 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
72 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
73 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
74 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
75 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
76 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
77 SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Brooklyn, NY
78 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
79 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
79 West Coast University - Orange County Anaheim, CA
81 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
82 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Public Health Schools award.

Rank College Location
83 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
84 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
85 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
86 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
87 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
88 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
89 Northeastern University Boston, MA
90 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
91 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
92 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
93 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
94 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
95 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
96 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
97 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
98 Bronx Community College Bronx, NY
99 New York Medical College Valhalla, NY
100 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
101 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
102 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
103 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
104 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
105 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany, NY
106 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
107 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
108 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
109 East Carolina University Greenville, NC

Public Health by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 30 majors within the Health Professions area of study, Public Health has other similar majors worth exploring.

Public Health Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Public Health 19,852
Public Health Education and Promotion 4,247
Health Services Administration 2,855
Other Public Health 2,780
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 2,139
Environmental Health 1,123
International Public Health/International Health 967
Behavioral Aspects of Health 777
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 257
Health/Medical Physics 225

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,208
Allied Health Professions 49,265
Health & Medical Administrative Services 48,523
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,237
Medicine 27,562
Health Sciences & Services 27,372
Communication Sciences 21,678
Mental & Social Health Services 20,694
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 20,059
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,180

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Article 25 Flickr.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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