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Top 20 Schools for a Graduate Degree in Public Health in 2015

HCMTop Doctoral Graduate ProgramsBy Kristen Fescoe
Posted April, 2015

A graduate Public Health degree is an excellent way to enter the booming field of Healthcare Management. The field of Healthcare Management has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. One of the avenues that many Healthcare Managers pursue in order to initiate their career is a degree from a Public Health program. According to Dr. Charles Winslow in his ground-breaking article, “The Untilled Fields of Public Health,” public health can be defined as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.”

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Therefore, an individual earning a Public Health degree is qualified for employment in a variety of settings within the healthcare industry in order to work toward the ultimate goal of preventing disease. These include hospitals, long-term care facilities, governmental agencies, and many other settings. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, this industry is predicted to grow a minimum of 21 percent over the next few years.

Ranking Methodology

Our list outlines the top-ranked programs offering a graduate degree in Public Health, leading to a career in Healthcare Management. The ranking is based on a combination of several factors, with greatest attention being paid to the US News and World Report Ranking system for Top Programs in Public Health. The list is then further ranked according to a combination of cost of attendance for graduate students, flexibility in degree offerings, additional US News and World Report rankings or commendations, and accreditation. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

#20 – The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State University Graduate Public Health

The College of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The College of Public Health at The Ohio State University promotes the mission of The Ohio State University: To advance the well being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The mission specific to the College of Public Health is: To protect and improve the health of the people of Ohio, the nation and the world. Through interdisciplinary research, we seek to understand the forces that affect public health and the delivery of health services. The curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of public health practitioners, health care managers and scholars. The curriculum utilizes a hands-on approach by collaborating with government agencies and other partners to develop solutions to modern and emerging public health problems. The vision of the school is: To be a leader in public health research and education with local impact and global significance.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #20
Additional US News Rankings:
US News and World Report #52 Best National University
US News and World Report #16 Top Public School
US News and World Report #14 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health in:

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Translational Science
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management and Policy Program for Experienced Professionals
  • Veterinary Public Health

Master of Health Administration
Master of Science in:

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management and Policy

Dual Degrees:

  • 
MPH-Health Behavior and Health Promotion/MS-Nursing
  • 
MPH-Environmental Health Sciences/MISE
  • 
MPH/MA
  • 
MHA/MBA
MPH/MBA
  • MPH-Health Behavior and Health Promotion/MSW
  • MPH-Health Services Management and Policy/MSW

Combined Degrees:

  • MPH/MD
MHA/MD
  • 
MPH/DVM
  • MHA/JD

Tuition: $10,037 in-state / $25,757 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#19 – University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa

University of Iowa Graduate Public Health

The College of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The College of Public Health (CPH) is founded upon the five core values identified by The University of Iowa: community, integrity, learning, quality, and responsibility. The College also embraces a sixth core value, a guiding principle of public health: social justice. Students and faculty at the College of Public Health work to implement these six core values in ways that enhance the health and well-being of all residents, especially the most at-risk segments of Iowa’s population.

  • Community – The College works to strengthen the communities it serves through the development and expansion of innovative education, research, and practice programs.
  • Integrity – The CPH adheres to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, respect, and professional and scholarly ethics.
  • Learning – Everyone at the CPH is dedicated to the finding and diffusion of knowledge that will improve the health status of all people.
  • Quality – The dedication to the pursuit of excellence is seen in public health scholarship, teaching, and community service.
  • Responsibility – The staff, faculty and student body are collectively dedicated to using all resources provided to it and promotes public policies that promote well being in all human activities.
  • Social Justice – All activities within the College of Public Health are motivated by a commitment to social equity and fairness, a spirit of compassion for all persons, and a desire to apply the tools of scientific knowledge to pressing societal health concerns.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #16
Additional US News Rankings:
US News and World Report #73 Best National University
US News and World Report #29 Top Public School
US News and World Report #14 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report #6 Best College for Veterans
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health in:

  • Biostatistics: Quantitative Methods
  • Community and Behavioral Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Communication
  • Occupational and Environmental Health with Specialization in:
  1. Global Environmental Health
  2. Occupational Health
  3. Rural Health and Safety
  4. Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  5. Injury and Violence Prevention
  • Policy

Master of Health Administration:

  • Executive MHA Program
  • JD-MHA Combined Degree
  • Master of Health Administration
  • MHA-MBA Combined Degree
  • MHA-MPH Combined Degree

Master of Science in:

  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Community and Behavioral Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology – Undergrad to Grad
  • Ergonomics
  • Health Communications
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Occupational and Environmental Health with Specialization in Environmental Health or Environmental Toxicology

Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Biostatistics
  • Community and Behavioral Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Communication
  • Health Services and Policy
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Occupational and Environmental Health with Specialization in:
  1. Environmental Health
  2. Environmental Toxicology
  3. Ergonomics
  4. Occupational Epidemiology
  5. Occupational Injury Prevention

Tuition: $8,061 in-state / $26,931 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#18 – University of Illinois – Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois Graduate Public Health

The School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

At the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH) students are offered excellent academic instruction and research opportunities in all areas of public health. Students benefit from the diverse, experienced faculty while studying in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Established in 1970, the UIC SPH currently offers six degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (BA), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), along with certificate programs and non-degree program options. The School of Public Health “is dedicated to excellence in protecting and improving the health and well-being of the people of the metropolitan Chicago area, the State of Illinois and the nation, and of others throughout the world.”

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: tied for #16
Additional US News Rankings:
US News and World Report #128 Best National University
US News and World Report #63 Top Public School
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health in:

  • Community Health Sciences (On Campus or Online)
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Health Policy and Administration (On Campus or Online)

Master of Health Administration
Master of Science in:

  • Community Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Health Policy and Administration

Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Community Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Health Policy and Administration.

Doctor of Public Health (On-Campus or Online)
Tuition: $13,406 in-state / $25,796 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#17 – University of Alabama- Birmingham, Alabama

University of Alabama Graduate Public Health

UAB School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The faculty at UAB’s School of Public Health sees current health challenges as global issues, involving diseases that must be understood at the cellular level and addressed at the community level. The issues that need addressing require the creation of new interventions, the implementation of new models, and the emergence of new systems. In order to adequately address this growing need, the field needs highly skilled professional who understand the multiple disciplines of public health. The School of Public Health is located in the heart of the largest academic health center in the Southeastern part of the United States. The vision of the department is “A community of outstanding scholars and professionals leading innovation in public health and recognized for improving the health of the citizens of Alabama and the world.” The mission is “to develop, teach and apply knowledge to promote health and prevent disease.”

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #16
Additional US News Rankings:
US News and World Report #152 Best National University
US News and World Report #5 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report #33 Best College for Veterans
US News and World Report #81 Top Public School
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Public Health in:

  • Clinical and Translational Science
  • Outcome Research
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene
  • Applied Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiolgy

Doctor of Public Health in:

  • Public Health Management
  • Maternal Child Health Policy
  • Outcomes Research

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health in:

  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior
  • Biostatistics

Tuition: $8,904 in-state / $20,394 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#16 – George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

George Washington University Graduate Public Health

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

In recent years the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services was renamed the Milken Institute School of Public Health in recognition of generous contributions from the Milken Institute, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, and the Milken Family Foundation. The contribution marked the largest donation ever received by the university. While the school has been a leader in the public health field for years, it will now be able to further increase its research and academic advantages through increased funding while addressing some of the most pertinent public health challenges of our day. The educational programs offer students a broad and interdisciplinary perspective, as well as in-depth expertise in the high-demand areas of public health. The graduate Public Health programs include:

  • Master’s programs including the Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science (MS) degree programs
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree programs
  • PhD programs
  • Graduate certificate programs
  • Online and executive programs
  • Joint degrees and graduate certificates with GW’s other schools

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #16
Additional US News Rankings:
US News and World Report #21 Best Graduate Program in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report #52 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health Programs:

  • MPH – Biostatistics
  • MPH – Community Oriented Primary Care
  • MPH – Environmental Health Science and Policy
  • MPH – Epidemiology
  • MPH – Global Health Communication
  • MPH – Global Environmental Health
  • MPH – Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • MPH – Global Health Policy
  • MPH – Health Policy
  • MPH – Health Promotion
  • MPH – Maternal and Child Health
  • MPH – Physical Activity in Public Health
  • MPH – Public Health Communication and Marketing
  • MPH – Public Health Management
  • MPH – Public Health Nutrition
  • MPH – MPH@GW (distance/online MPH)

Master of Science (MS) Programs:

  • MS – Biostatistics
  • MS – Exercise Science – Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • MS – Exercise Science – Strength and Conditioning
  • MS – Epidemiology
  • MS – Health Policy
  • MS – Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases

Joint Degrees:

  • PA-MSHS/MPH – Physicians Assistant / Public Health
  • JD/LLM with MPH/Certificate – Law / Public Health
  • MD/MPH – Medicine / Public Health
  • MA/MPH – International Affairs / Public Health
  • Peace Corps/ MPH – Peace Corp Masters International Programs Peace Corps / Public Health
  • MPH or MS or MHSA with a Certificate in Corporate Compliance

Doctor of Public Health Degrees:

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Policy

Doctor of Philosophy Programs:

  • PhD in Epidemiology
  • PhD – Biostatistics – offered with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, through its Department of Statistics
  • PhD in Public Policy & Administration (Health Policy Track) – offered with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration

Tuition: $47,343 annual tuition and fees
Accreditations:
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

#15 – University of Texas – Houston Health Sciences Center – Houston, Texas

University of Texas Houston Graduate Public Health

UT Health School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

Throughout six Texas campuses, The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) works towards the goal of improving the public health status of Texas. Each campus is located purposefully so it may help address public health needs in the state. UTSPH is proud to be the only school of public health in the United States that utilized a regional campus system. The main campus at UTSPH is in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. Here, students have excellent opportunities for experiential learning, research and hands on course work. There are an additional five regional campuses located in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Once enrolled in one of the campuses, students can attend classes at any of the six campuses by way of an Interactive Television Program, unique to this program.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #15
Additional US News Rankings:
#56 Best Medical School for Research
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
  • Management, Policy and Community Health

Master of Science in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Management, Policy and Community Health

Doctor of Public Health

  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
  • Management, Policy and Community Health

Tuition: $5,500 in state / $17,600 out of state

Accreditations: 

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

# 14 – Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University Graduate Public Health

Yale School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The School of Public Health at Yale University offers leadership training that works towards protecting and improving the health of the global public. Through cutting edge research, leading policy analysis and an interdisciplinary public health education, the school serves community-based, national, and international communities with its knowledge and expertise. There are nine graduate Public Health degree academic departments at the School of Public Health offering degree programs at both the master’s and doctoral level.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #14
Additional US News Rankings:
#14 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#3 Best National University
#2 Best Value School
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Master of Science in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
  • Health Policy Management

Joint Degree Options:

  • Divinity – MDIV/MPH and MAR/MPH
  • Forestry and Environmental Studies – MF/MPH, MFS/MPH, MESC/MPH, MEM/MPH
  • Law – JD/MPH
  • Management – MBA/MPH
  • Medicine – MD/MPH (Please see the Advanced Professional MPH Program below)
  • Nursing – MSN/MPH
  • Physician Associate – MMSC/MPH
  • The MacMillan Center – MA/MPH
  • International and Development Economics – MA/MPH

Tuition: $44,000 annual tuition
Accreditations:
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

#13 – Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University Graduate Public Health

Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the only American university to combine both a school of public health and a school of tropical medicine. It is also the oldest American school of tropical medicine. The school’s mission is “to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality.” This is achieved through a combination of education of public health professionals, empirical research of ongoing issues, beneficial partnerships and service to the global public health community. The school is made up of six individual academic departments: biostatistics and bioinformatics, global community health and behavioral sciences, global environmental health sciences, epidemiology, global health systems and development, and tropical medicine. The school currently enrolls over 1,400 students and employs over 100 faculty members.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #13
Additional US News Rankings:
#25 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#14 Most Up and Coming School
#2 Best for Veterans
#52 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Master of Science in Public Health in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Global Environmental Health Sciences
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Tropical Medicine

Master of Public Health in:

  • Community Health Sciences
  • Disaster Management
  • Disaster Management
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Education and Communications
  • Health Policy
  • Health Systems Management
  • International Health Programs
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Medical Organizations and Systems
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational & Environmental Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management

Master of Science in:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Global Environmental Health Sciences
  • Global Health Systems and Development
  • Parasitology

Doctor of Public Health in:

  • Epidemiology
  • Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

Tuition: $46,930 annual tuition
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#12 – University of Pittsburg – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburg Graduate Public Health

Graduate School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburg (Pitt) views the field of public health as a constantly changing entity. The change occurs in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world. The overall mission of the School is to train Public Health professionals who will improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that it is attainable for all people. That mission includes not only the implementation of public health policy, but also the research of public health issues and the education of future leaders. These are the people who will translate research findings into practices and policies to improve the health of people regionally, nationally, and globally.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #11
Additional US News Rankings:
#21 Top Public School
#25 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#62 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health
Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research and Policy
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Genetics
Doctor of Philosophy in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health
Master of Public Health in Biostatistics
Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health
Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Epidemiology
Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management
Master of Public Health in Public Health Genetics
Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Multidisciplinary Master’s of Public Health
Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy
Master of Science in Human Genetics
Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Management
Tuition: $17,100 in-state / $27,106 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#11 – Boston University – Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University Graduate Public Health

The School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The Boston University School of Public Health features nineteen Public Health Graduate degree programs and eight dual-degree programs. Each of these programs offers students the integration of classroom education, research, and hands-on experience. Graduate students have the opportunity to assist faculty members in a range of public health research projects. The skills-based curriculum, practicum program, and extensive community-based service programs prepare graduates for careers in research, industry, government, and academia. Boston is filled with a number of top hospitals, medical research, science and technology, and health-related companies and agencies, which gives students at the School of Public Health the ideal setting for the study of public health.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #11
Additional US News Rankings:
#11 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#14 Most Up and Coming School
#41 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Public Health
Biostatistics

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Environmental Health

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Epidemiology

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Public Health in Global Health
Master of Public Health in Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights
Health Policy & Management

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health
Master of Public Health in Social & Behavioral Sciences
Joint Degree – Law & Public Health (JD/MPH)
Joint Degree – Care Management and Public Health (MBA/MPH)
Joint Degree – Global Health Management and Public Health (MBA/MPH)
Joint Degree – Medicine and Public Health (MD/MPH)
Joint Degree – Medical Sciences and Public Health (MS/MPH)
Joint Degree – Social Work and Public Health (MSW/MPH)
Joint Degree – Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Public (Health BS/MPH)
Joint Degree – Arts and Sciences and Public Health (BA/MPH)
Tuition: $44,910 annual tuition
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#10 – University of California – Los Angeles, California

University of California Los Angeles Graduate Public Health

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The Mission of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is “to enhance the public’s health by conducting innovative research, training future leaders and health professionals from diverse backgrounds, translating research into policy and practice, and serving our local communities and the communities of the nation and the world.” The following strategic goals support the School’s Vision and Mission:

  • Advance the mission of the School through achieving excellence in our three core functions: research, education, and service.
  • Establish new and strengthen existing collaborative partnerships with a major focus on working with communities to improve health in greater Los Angeles.
  • Enhance the School’s contributions and visibility in global health.
  • Increase the School’s visibility and impact on public health issues, including health policy development.
  • Build the School’s infrastructure to support and facilitate expanded research, education and service initiatives.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #10
Additional US News Rankings:
#2 Top Public School
#14 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#23 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Master of Public Health with Optional Specialization in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology (one and two-year options)
  • Health Policy and Management (Health Policy Track)
  • Health Policy and Management (Health Management Track)

Master of Science with Optional Specialization in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management Research

Doctor of Philosophy with Optional Specialization in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health Sciences – Molecular Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management

Doctor of Public Health with Optional Specialization in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management

Tuition: $12,696 in-state / $35,574 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#9 – University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Graduate Public Health

School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The mission of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota is “Through excellence in education, research and community engagement, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health advances health – from scientific discovery to public impact – by enhancing population health and preventing disease in the U.S. and globally.” The school offers extensive training in a number of areas of public health to serve the community, the country and the world.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #8
Additional US News Rankings:
#25 Top Public School
#2 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#69 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research, Policy & Administration
Master of Healthcare Administration (Full-Time or Executive Part-Time)
Master of Public Health with Optional Specialization in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Practice (Executive)
  • Maternal & Child Health (On-Campus and Online)
  • Public Health Administration & Policy
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Public Health Law
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Health Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Public Health

Tuition: $13,555 in-state / $19,805 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#8 – University of California – Berkley, California

University of California Berkeley Graduate Public Health

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

The School of Public Health at UC Berkley supports both master’s and doctoral degree programs in an extensive range of public health disciplines. Applicants must choose the degree program to which they would like to apply and then choose an area of concentration. The fully accredited graduate Public Health degree program vision statement is “Building on a campus tradition of pre-eminent interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship, education and public engagement that challenges conventional thinking, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health develops diverse leaders equipped to help solve the health challenges of the 21st century and beyond.”

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #8
Additional US News Rankings:
#1 Top Public School
#20 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services & Policy Analysis
Master of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
Doctor of Philosophy in Infectious Diseases and Immunity
Interdisciplinary Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health
Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition Master of Public Health in Biostatistics
Master of Arts in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Public Health
Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health Sciences
Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
Master of Arts in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology Master of Public Health in Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Master of Public Health in Health & Social Behavior
Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management
Tuition: $12,864 in-state / $35,742 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#7 – Emory University – Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University Graduate Public Health

Rollins School of Public Health and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

Program Website

Master’s in Public Health students enrolled in the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) learn to identify, analyze, and mediate in some of the most pertinent public health issues throughout the community and the country. Atlanta is considered by many to be the “Public Health Capital of the World,” because of the various governmental and private agencies that are based in the city. Atlanta is home to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; CARE, the national home office of the American Cancer Society; The Carter Center; the Arthritis Foundation; and numerous state and regional health agencies. The School is also an active participant in Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, providing direct access to the patient care, teaching, and health-related research programs of that organization. This culmination leads to hands-on research, collaborations with some of the country’s leading public health agencies as well as multidisciplinary work with national and international organizations.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #6
Additional US News Rankings:
#20 Best National University
#19 Best Value School
Degrees Offered:
Concurrent Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Public Health Program in Biostatistics
Concurrent Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health in Environmental Studies and Environmental Health
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research and Health Policy
Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition and Health Sciences
Master of Public Health with Optional Specialization in:

  • Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Global Health

Master of Science in Clinical Research
Master of Science in Public Health with Optional Specialization in:
Biostatistics
Epidemiology
Tuition: $44,008 annual tuition
Accreditations:
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#6 – University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

University of Washington Graduate Public Health

School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

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The UW School of Public Health is dedicated to three core values. These can be seen throughout all departments housed at the school. They include:

  • Education to prepare outstanding, innovative, and diverse public health leaders and scientists.
  • Research to advance public health science and policies.
  • Service to promote the health and well-being of communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Public health is viewed as being of both local and global importance. The local focus is on serving immediate communities in Seattle and across Washington State, while the global view works to provide training and support across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The School of Public Health has individual departments in Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Services.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: Tied for #6
Additional US News Rankings:
#16 Top Public School
#8 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#52 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics – Statistical Genetics Pathway
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Global Health Metrics & Implementation Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services
Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Pathobiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Genetics
Doctor of Philosophy in Toxicology
Master of Public Health (MPH) with Optional Specializations in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Services
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Nutritional Sciences with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Occupational & Environmental Medicine
  • Public Health Genetics

Master of Science (MS) in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Health Services
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Nutritional Sciences with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Occupational and Environmental Exposure Sciences
  • Toxicology

Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (MHIHIM)
Tuition: $12,383 in-state, $29,938 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#5 – Columbia University – New York, New York

Columbia University Graduate Public Health

Mailman School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

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The Mailman School of Public Health is one of the most widely respected Public Health graduate programs in the United States. With a global focus, students in this program learn to prevent disease and illness and solve public health crises at a community, national and world level. The school offers study in six individual specialty areas of Public Health, including: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy & Management, Population & Family Health and Sociomedical Sciences. Each one of these unique departments offers students master’s and doctoral level degree programs to find the educational fit that is right. Students can choose from the many interdisciplinary degree programs to either enhance their existing career or create a new path.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #5
Additional US News Rankings:
#14 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#4 Best National University
#6 Best Value School
Degrees Offered:
Biostatistics:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science

Environmental Health Sciences

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health

Epidemiology

  • Executive Master of Science

Health Policy and Management

  • Accelerated Master of Public Health
  • Columbia Master of Public Health
  • Executive Master of Public Health

Population and Family Health

  • Doctor of Public Health

Sociomedical Sciences

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science

Tuition: $49,138 annual tuition
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#4 – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor , Michigan

University of Michigan Graduate Public Health

The School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

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The University of Michigan School of Public Health continuously works to create and disperse knowledge and information with the goal of preventing disease and promoting the overall health of populations throughout the world. There is a specific focus on health equity and the curriculum has been created with a focus on disadvantaged populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability. The school offers a diverse and interdisciplinary range of knowledge and practice, with the ultimate goal of solving modern and future public health problems. The School of Public Health is committed to the following core values:

  1. Improved health for populations and individual’s worldwide
  2. Health equity for all people
  3. Diversity and inclusion in education, research and service
  4. Ethical principles of teaching, learning, research and practice
  5. Excellence and innovation
  6. Equitable partnerships with individuals, communities, and practitioners.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #4
Additional US News Rankings:
#1 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
#4 Top Public School
#28 Best National University
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior and Health Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Organization and Policy
Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Toxicology
Master of Health Informatics
Master of Health Services Administration
Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health with a Concentration in:

  •  Environmental Health Sciences with choice of five specialization:
  1. Environmental Quality and Health
  2. Human Nutrition
  3. Industrial Hygiene
  4. Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
  5. Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Health Management and Policy
  • Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology
  • Human Nutrition

Tuition: $13,819 in-state, $40,496 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#3 – Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts


Harvard University Graduate Public Health

Harvard School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

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The Harvard School of Public Health is among the most respected in the country. With esteemed faculty, the focus on research is top-notch. Students learn to take the skills and information they gather and apply them to real-world settings. Degrees are awarded at both the master’s and doctoral level in a range of areas. The wide variety of both degree options and areas of study allows students to create a degree program that helps them achieve their goals. Graduate students can choose to study in one of the following programs: Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Genetics and Complex Diseases, Global Health and Population, Health Policy and Management, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Nutrition and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each one of these areas has its own dedicated department and faculty.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #3
Additional US News Rankings:
#2 Best National University
#1 Best Value School
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences in Public Health
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy
Doctor of Public Health
Doctor of Science in Environmental Health
Doctor of Science in Epidemiology
Doctor of Science in Global Health and Population
Doctor of Science in Nutrition
Doctor of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Biostatistics
Master of Science in Computational Biology and Quantitative Genetics
Master of Science in Environmental Health
Master of Science in Epidemiology
Master of Science in Global Health and Population
Tuition: $42,292 annual tuition and fees
Accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#2 – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of North Carolina Graduate Public Health

UNC Gillings School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

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The mission at the Gillings School of Public Health is “to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world.” This specific change is created by offering students a program of research, education and service to:

  • Educate the next generation of public health leaders
  • Discover, test and disseminate solutions to health threats and problems
  • Translate research into effective practices and sound policies; and
  • Serve the community through outreach, engagement, education of citizens and health professionals, and application of solutions to health threats and problems.

The school offers both master’s and doctoral degrees in a range of specialty areas including:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health Leadership

This affordable graduate Public Health degree program is an ideal option for state residents.

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #2
Additional US News Rankings:
#30 Best National University
#5 Top Public School
#17 Best Value School
#3 Best Healthcare Management Graduate Program
Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Doctor of Public Health with Specialization in Biostatistics
Concurrent – Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics and Medical Doctorate
Master of Public Health with Specialization in Biostatistics
Master of Science in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Environment Sciences and Engineering
Master of Science in Environment Sciences and Engineering
Master of Public Health with Specialization in Environment Sciences and Engineering
Master of Public Health with Epidemiology Concentration
Master of Public Health with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration
Masters of Science in Clinical Research with Specialization in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
Master of Public Health with Specialization in Health Behavior
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior
Dual Master of Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning
Master of Science in Public Health with Specialization in Health Policy and Management (Also an optional Executive MS Program)
Master of Healthcare Administration with Specialization in Health Policy and Management (Also an optional Executive MHA Program)
Master of Public Health with Specialization in Health Policy and Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Management
Master of Public Health with Specialization in Maternal and Child Health (Online or On Campus)
Master of Science in Public Health with Specialization in Maternal and Child Health (Online or On Campus)
Doctor of Philosophy in Maternal and Child Health
Dual Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Master of Social Work
Dual Master of Science in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Master of Social Work
Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nutrition
Master of Science with Nutritional Biochemistry Concentration
Master of Public Health with Registered Dietitian Training
Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition
Master of Public Health with Health Care and Prevention Concentration
Master of Public Health with Leadership Concentration (Online or On Campus)
Master of Public Health with Occupational Health Nursing Concentration (Online or On Campus)
Tuition: $8,340 in-state, $30,122 out-of-state
Accreditations:
The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

#1 – Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University Graduate Public Health

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Master and Doctoral Degree Options

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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to “the education of a diverse group of research scientists and public health professionals, a process inseparably linked to the discovery and application of new knowledge, and through these activities, to the improvement of health and prevention of disease and disability around the world.” The number of degrees offered by the school evidences this strong dedication and passion. The Bloomberg School offers students nine different graduate Public Health degree programs to choose from. This allows students to cater their educational plan to best suit their academic and career goals. Each student can choose a plan that works with his or her goals, lifestyle and interests. In addition to these nine degree programs, there are an additional nine concurrent degree programs to allow students the opportunity to either futher specialize their education. These include:

  • Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration (MPH/MBA)
  • Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work (MPH/MSW)
  • Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nursing (MPH/MSN)
  • Master of Public Health and Juris Doctor (MPH/JD)
  • Master of Arts and Master of Science in Public Health (MA/MSPH)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Master of Health Science or Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Public Health (BA/MHS)
  • Master of Science in Public Health and Registered Dietitian (MSPH/RD)
  • Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
  • Concurrent Master’s Programs for Doctoral Students

US News and World Report Ranking of Top Graduate Public Health Programs: #1
Additional US News Rankings:
#12 Best National University
#11 Best Healthcare Administration Graduate Degree Program
#20 Best Value School
Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Master of Health Science
Master of Public Health
Master in Public Policy (MPP)
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
Master of Science (ScM)
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
Doctor of Public Health
Doctor of Science in Public Health
Tuition: $45,470 annual tuition and fees
Accreditations:
American Public Health Association (APHA)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Opportunities for a Graduate Degree in Public Health

With an increasing number of students pursuing a career in Healthcare Management by securing a degree in Public Health, this is an excellent option to consider. Because the very definition of Public Health is critically important to Healthcare Management, this area of study amply prepares students for a career in healthcare. Upon graduation from one of these highly respected, fully accredited Public Health programs, students are ready to pursue a career in a wide of settings ranging from hospitals to government agencies. There is tremendous room for growth with a graduate degree in Public Health. Graduates can begin their career as a mid-level Healthcare Manager and gradually work their way to the top level where policy is made and changes for the greater good can be initiated. Earning a graduate degree from a top-rated graduate Public Health degree program is an excellent start to a career in Healthcare Management.

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About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen Fescoe began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field she accepted a teaching position at a local college, where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.

 

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