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2023 Best Public Health Schools

518 Colleges in the United States
40,596 Public Health Degrees Awarded
$43,158 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #26 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.

College Factual looked at 518 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Public Health Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 40,596 degrees in public health to qualified students.

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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.

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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
372 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Harvard University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in public health. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 372 public health students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the public health program at Harvard University earn $63,075 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful option for students pursuing 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 Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 625 public health students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the public health degree program at Columbia University in the City of New York make $25,201 more than the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,002 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in public health needs to check out Johns Hopkins University. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #9 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 1002 public health students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the public health major at Johns Hopkins University make $16,564 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#4

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
436 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Emory University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in public health. Emory is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta. This university ranks 2nd out of 69 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 436 public health students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Emory University make $9,528 more than the standard public health graduate.

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#5

Brown University

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

Brown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 144 public health students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. Public Health degree recipients from Brown University receive an earnings boost of about $7,819 above the average income of public health majors.

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#6

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #21 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were about 58 public health students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Vanderbilt University make $81,018 more than the typical public health grad.

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

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

There were approximately 187 public health students who graduated with this degree at UTHealth in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston make $6,773 more than the typical public health student.

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

Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were approximately 477 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 get $14,953 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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

UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 6th out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 203 public health students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles make $38,291 more than the typical public health graduate.

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#10

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
28th Most Popular In CA
32 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were approximately 32 public health students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#11

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
246 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 246 public health students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Boston University make $13,460 more than the standard public health grad.

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

Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 8 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were about 665 public health students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent data year. Public Health degree recipients from George Washington University earn a boost of approximately $29,265 above the typical income of public health graduates.

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

UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the city of Seattle. This university ranks 1st out of 51 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were approximately 436 public health students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from University of Washington - Seattle Campus earn $5,300 more than the standard public health student.

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

Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 332 public health students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the public health program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill get $8,722 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In IL
107 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 107 public health students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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#16

Yale University

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

Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven. A Best Colleges rank of #15 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were roughly 85 public health students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available. Public Health degree recipients from Yale University receive an earnings boost of approximately $32,235 over the average income of public health graduates.

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

WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. A Best Colleges rank of #24 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were approximately 136 public health students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent data year. Those public health students who get their degree from Washington University in St Louis earn $5,035 more than the average public health graduate.

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

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 308 public health students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, public health degree recipients generally make an average of $41,172 in the first five years of their career.

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

Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 34 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were about 516 public health students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year. Those public health students who get their degree from University of Maryland - College Park earn $7,448 more than the typical public health graduate.

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#20

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
132 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 4th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 132 public health students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the public health major at Tufts University make $10,298 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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

Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 224 public health students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Those public health students who get their degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor make $9,641 more than the typical public health graduate.

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#22

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
399 Public Health Degrees Awarded

UF is a very large public university located in the city of Gainesville. This university ranks 1st out of 77 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 399 public health students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the public health program earn about $36,292 in their early career salary.

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#23

Duke University

Durham, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
87 Public Health Degrees Awarded

Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 87 public health students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the public health major at Duke University get $3,219 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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

Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 44 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were approximately 670 public health students who graduated with this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick in the most recent year we have data available. Those public health students who get their degree from Rutgers University - New Brunswick make $6,666 more than the standard public health grad.

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

Texas A&M College Station is a very large public university located in the city of College Station. This university ranks 3rd out of 116 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 335 public health students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year. Those public health students who get their degree from Texas A&M University - College Station earn $11,818 more than the standard public health graduate.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Public Health Schools

#26

New York University

New York, NY
#31

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

#33

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#36

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
#37

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

#43

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
#46

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

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Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder 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 518 different United States public health schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
51 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
52 Georgetown University Washington, DC
53 American University Washington, DC
54 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
55 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
56 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
57 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
58 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
59 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
60 University of Delaware Newark, DE
61 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
62 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
63 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
64 SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Brooklyn, NY
65 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
66 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
67 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
68 A T Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville, MO
69 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
70 University of Maryland - Baltimore Baltimore, MD
71 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
72 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
73 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
74 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
75 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
76 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
77 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL

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
78 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA
79 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
80 Elon University Elon, NC
81 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
82 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
83 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
84 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
85 Creighton University Omaha, NE
86 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
87 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
88 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
89 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
90 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
91 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
92 Baylor University Waco, TX
93 University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
94 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
95 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
96 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
97 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
98 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
99 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
100 Benedictine University Lisle, IL
101 University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX
102 University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
103 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO

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Region
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Public Health Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Public Health 22,778
Public Health Education and Promotion 4,563
Other Public Health 3,432
Health Services Administration 3,119
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 2,272
International Public Health/International Health 1,599
Environmental Health 1,344
Behavioral Aspects of Health 814
Health/Medical Physics 258
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 211

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 322,592
Health & Medical Administrative Services 89,359
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 84,492
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 84,274
Allied Health Professions 82,308
Health Sciences & Services 35,945
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 29,833
Mental & Social Health Services 29,053
Medicine 28,629
Dental Support Services 26,399

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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.

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