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By HMD Staff
July 2019

The Master of Public Health is a professional degree for students who want advanced training and education in public health. Public health professionals are seen as healthcare leaders, and are in demand in almost every health care setting. One of the avenues that many healthcare professionals pursue to begin 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.”

MPH graduates are qualified to work in a variety of settings in the healthcare industry where you can study current and emerging public health problems. These include hospitals, long-term care facilities, governmental agencies, and many other settings. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook between 2016-2026 is expected to grow a minimum of 9 percent.

Rating and Ranking Methodology
The purpose of this ranking is to gather the highest quality programs offering a master’s in public health. The ranking system is based upon a combination of important factors, including cost and student-to-faculty ratio. There are hundreds of master of public health programs around the country, so we narrowed our list to only include those with accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). We selected schools offering an MPH with at least one area of specialization, providing additional options to students.

We considered student/faculty ratios because we feel small class size is valuable when working on a degree as specialized as a master’s in public health. Average graduate tuition rates were collected from College Navigator. Where there are ties, the school with the lowest average graduate tuition is favored. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Student/Faculty ratio:

  • 10:1 or less- 3 points
  • 11:1 to 15:1- 2 points
  • 16:1 and above- 1 point

Average Graduate Tuition Rate:

  • Less than $10,000- 5 points
  • $10,001 to $20,000- 4 points
  • $20,001 to $30,000- 3 points
  • $30,001 to $40,000- 2 points
  • Greater than $40,000- 1 point

#35 –Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Bloomberg School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $53,740/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Areas of Emphasis: Aging and Public Health; Child and Adolescent Health; Epidemiologic & Biostatistical Methods for Public Health & Clinical Research; Food, Nutrition and Health; Food Systems and Public Health; Global Environmental Sustainability & Health; Health in Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance; Health Leadership and Management; Health Systems and Policy; Infectious Diseases; Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Women’s and Reproductive Health
Points: 4
The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins has earned the top spot by U.S. News and World Report for its MPH program since 1994. The Hopkins MPH features a collaborative environment and flexible structure that allows students to change focus areas. Faculty are well-respected leaders in every area of public health, so students can feel confident they are getting a relevant education. Full-time students can earn their degree in just 11 months. Part-time/online students can finish in two to three years depending on their course load. Dual degree program options are also available.

#34 –Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $52,856/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Areas of Emphasis: Community Health Sciences; Disaster Management; Epidemiology; Health Education and Communications; Health Policy; Health Systems Management; International Health and Development; Maternal and Child Health; Nutrition
Points: 4
Tulane University features multiple top MPH programs that span the five core areas of public health. All students begin the program by completing a foundational curriculum that includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, health systems, and design strategies for public health programs. A 200 clock hour applied practice experience provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills. Graduates join an extensive alumni network that spans the globe.

#33 –Boston University – Boston, Massachusetts

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $52,816/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Areas of Emphasis: Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation; Environmental Health; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation; Health Policy and Law; Health Communication and Promotion; Healthcare Management; Program Management; Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases; Global Health; Human Rights and Social Justice; Infectious Disease; Maternal and Child Health; Mental Health and Substance Use; Pharmaceutical Development, Delivery, and Access; Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
Points: 4
Boston University features a flexible top public health master’s program. Students can choose to attend full-time and finish in just 16 months or part-time and take up to three years. A hybrid option allows students to complete core classes online and complete the program on-campus. Students with at least five years of professional experience can opt for the streamlined Executive program. All students must choose a certificate in their area of professional interest. An Integrative Learning Experience provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills, contributing to their success in the field.

#32 –Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $46,384/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Areas of Emphasis: Global Health; Health and Social Behavior; Health Management; Health Policy; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Occupational and Environmental Health; Quantitative Methods; Clinical Effectiveness; Nutrition;
Points: 4
The top accredited master of public health at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University provides students with the foundation and specialized skills needed to succeed in the field of public health. Harvard features two different MHP programs. The 45 credit hour program is for :

  • students who have a graduate degree
  • those who are medical or dental students completing their primary clinical year
  • students with at least five hears of public health work experience

The 65 credit hour program is a full-time program for students with at least two years of public health post-grad work experience. Depending on the program choice, students can choose from multiple fields of study to create a specialization.

#31 –Columbia University – New York, New York

Mailman School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

School Profile

Average graduate student tuition: $46,216/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Areas of Emphasis: Advanced Epidemiology; Applied Biostatistics; Child, Youth, and Family Health; Climate and Health; Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research; Environmental Health Policy; Epidemiology of Chronic Disease; Global Health; Health Communication; Health and Human Rights; Health of an Aging Society; Health Policy Analysis; Health Policy and Practice; Health Promotion Research and Practice; History, Ethics, and Law; Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Injury and Violence Prevention; Molecular Epidemiology; Public Health and Humanitarian Action; Public Health Research Methods; Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health; Social Determinants of Health; Toxicology
Points: 4
The world renowned Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University features a top MPH with a cutting edge curriculum. The program is offered in a traditional, accelerated, and executive format. The traditional program includes a practicum experience, allowing students to become familiar with the day-to-day realities of the public health field. This experience often serves as the data source for the capstone paper or thesis. Students can choose from over 20 different certificate programs designed to provide students with advanced specialized training, giving them an advantage in the job market.

#30 –Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut

Yale School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $42,100/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Chronis Disease Epidemiology; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; Health Care Management; Health Policy; Social and Behavioral Sciences
Points: 4
Yale University offers a top master of public health with options for students with different backgrounds and experience levels. The traditional two year program consists of 20 course units and a summer internship. All students complete either a master’s thesis or a capstone course.
Yale also offers an advanced professional MPH program for students with significant experience or an advanced degree in an area related to public health. The program starts with a seven week summer session followed by two full-time semesters.

#29 –Emory University – Atlanta, Georgia

Rollins School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $41,800/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Areas of Emphasis: Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Global Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Global Epidemiology; Health Policy, Health Care Management; Global Health
Points: 4
The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University features a top public health master’s degree program with nine different areas of specialization. Rollins also offers an executive program for working professionals who need a flexible online program. Core MPH courses cover areas like statistical methods, perspectives in environmental health, and fundamentals of epidemiology. All students complete a 200-400 clock hour practicum experience in a public health work environment such as a hospital or local health department.

#28 –Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dornsife School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $34,155/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Areas of Emphasis: Community Health and Prevention; Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Management and Policy
Points: 4
Drexel University revamped its MPH program in 2017, resulting in an interdisciplinary curriculum with solid training and extensive opportunities for hands-on learning. The current curriculum features new team-taught core courses in public health foundations and systems and public health research methods. An MPH practical experience gives students a field experience with both depth and breadth. The culminating learning experience is the final requirement, a written product that showcases mastery of key competency areas. Most students can earn their degree in about five quarters.

#27 –George Washington University – Washington, DC

Milken Institute School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $30,780/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community Oriented Primary Care; Environmental Health Science and Policy; Epidemiology; Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control; Global Environmental Health; Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation; Global Health Policy; Health Policy; Health Promotion; Humanitarian Health; Maternal and Child Health; Physical Activity in Public Health; Public Health Communication and Marketing; Public Health Nutrition
Points: 4
The top master’s of public health program at George Washington University features an extensive list of specializations. The most recent offering is the MPH in Humanitarian Health. It’s a 45 credit hour program that prepares global health professionals as humanitarian practitioners who can address the complex challenges facing humanitarian aid. A practicum experience helps students gain real-world practical experience working for top public health organizations like USAID, Congressional Research Service, or even the CDC. George Washington University also offers an online MPH to accommodate working professionals.

#26 –University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

School of Public Health-MPH in Population and Health Sciences

School Profile

Average graduate student tuition: $23,128/year in-state and $46,678/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Health Behavior and Health Education; Nutritional Sciences
Points: 5
The School of Pubic Health at the University of Michigan is a top school offering a master’s in public health. The program includes a broad foundational curriculum that covers complex health issues. Students can choose from five different areas of emphasis. An applied practice and integrative experience allows students to refine their professional skills. Full-time students can complete the program in just five semesters. Beginning in the fall of 2019, a new online MPH in population and health sciences will roll out. This new cohort program will be flexible to accommodate working professionals.

#25 –University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Graduate School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $22,846/year in-state and $38,736/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Areas of Emphasis: Behavioral and Community Health Sciences; Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Policy and Management; Human Genetics; Infectious Disease Pathogenesis, Eradication, and Laboratory Practices and Microbiology; Infectious Disease Management, Intervention, and Community Practice; Multidisciplinary
Points: 5
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health offers a top CEPH accredited master’s of public health that prepares students to work in an applied public health career. Each of the seven departments in Pitt Public Health offers an MPH degree. Experiential learning opportunities are a key piece of each MPH degree and may include a practicum, internship, field placement, or residency. Both students and faculty are engaged in public health research and practice projects both independently and through centers that encourage collaboration with other professionals from around the globe.

#24 –University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $17,064/year in-state and $26,412/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community Health Promotion; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Maternal & Child Health (standard & advanced standing options); Public Health Administration & Policy (also available in executive format); Public Health Nutrition; Public Health Practice (executive program)
Points: 5
For the past 75 years, the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota has been delivering quality public health education. It offers a top MPH with a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for a successful career in population health and community awareness. With programs offered in 9 different areas, students can benefit from highly specialized training and education. Most programs take two years to complete.

#23 –University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $15,510/year in-state and $27,801/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Global Health; Health Services; Nutritional Sciences
Points: 5
The School of Public Health at the University of Washington features a top MPH program rich with experiential learning opportunities and hands-on training. Students can choose from six different MPH degree programs. Each offers students a cutting edge, innovative curriculum. Experiential learning includes:

  • internships
  • a capstone experience
  • practicum
  • volunteer opportunities
  • other field based learning experiences

Beginning in the fall of 2020, a new common core curriculum will roll out, providing students with rigorous training, new field opportunities, and exposure to different perspectives of pubic health.

#22 –University of Illinois – Chicago, Illinois

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $13,612/year in-state and $23,299/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Health Policy and Administration; Maternal and Child Health; Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology; Public Health Informatics
Points: 5
The top public health master’s degree program at the University of Illinois Chicago offers eight unique degree pathways for students who want a career in public health. Full-time students can complete the program in two years. An applied practice experience gives students practical skills essential to success in the field. Students with an interest in strengthening their professional, personal, or academic leadership skills can participate in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). The PHLP provides structured leadership activities that help students:

  • gain cultural competency
  • improve team work and time management
  • enhance networking and workplace etiquette.

#21 –University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Massachusetts

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $13,606/year in-state and $28,669/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Public Health Practice; Nutrition
Points: 5
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst offers both a traditional and online master of public health program. The public health practice concentration area is a general program designed for students working in health care or public health. The nutrition concentration is the first fully accredited online program of its kind. The program is geared toward students interested in nutrition, public health, and health care providers who want to enhance their career. Online students have no residency requirements and asynchronous courses allow students to log in when it is most convenient, making this a great choice for working professionals.

#20 –University of Maryland – College Park, Maryland

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $12,906/year in-state and $27,864/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Behavioral and Community Health; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health Sciences; Health Equity; Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation; Physical Activity; Public Health Practice and Policy (Online)
Points: 5
The University of Maryland School of Public Health features a newly redesigned top master of public health program. Students benefit from the Maryland Experience, providing students with incredible access to resources within Washington DC including:

  • federal agencies
  • local and state agencies
  • military organizations

There are eight different concentration areas available to MPH students. Both the behavioral and community health and public health practice and policy options are offered online. Students complete an internship and a capstone project designed to prepare students for success.

#19 –University of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina

Arnold School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $12,398/year in-state and $27,008/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Physical Activity and Public Health; Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; Environmental Health Sciences; Health Services Policy and Management; Epidemiology
Points: 5
The Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina features a top MPH program with a new curriculum launching in the fall of 2019. The new curriculum includes a 16 credit hour integrated core curriculum designed around the 12 foundational knowledge learning objectives and 22 foundational competency areas created by the CEPH. Students can choose from five different concentration areas and three dual degree programs. An applied practice experience allows students to demonstrate professional competency. An integrated learning experience enbales students to showcase their foundational and concentration competency.

#18 –University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,703/year in-state and $30,015/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Areas of Emphasis: Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Behavior; Population Health Policy and Management
Points: 5
The College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky features a top master of public health program with four different areas of concentration. This 42 credit hour program is designed for recent graduates and current professionals who want to gain knowledge and education in public health and population based issues. Students can participate in the University of Kentucky Student Public Health Association, which provides opportunities for:

  • engagement in public service
  • fundraising
  • communication

The University of Kentucky also has Delta Omega, an honorary society for studies of public health. The Beta Gamma Chapter at UK inducts outstanding students, faculty and professionals who have made significant contributions to the field.

#17 –Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,560/year in-state and $34,064/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biomedical Informatics; Biostatistics; Clinical Translational Science; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Health Behavior and Health Promotion; Program for Experienced Professionals; Veterinary Public Health
Points: 5
The Ohio State University features a top master of public health in two formats. Students can choose from a traditional full-time program or a part-time flexible program for working professionals. There are eight different specialization areas, including veterinary public health. All students complete a practicum and a culminating project. Students currently working full-time in the field can apply for the MPH-Program for Experienced Professionals. This innovative program features both hybrid and online courses that provide students with the flexibility they need to balance work and school.

#16 –University of California – Berkeley, California

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,442/year in-state and $26,544/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Epidemiology/Biostatistics; Global Health & Environment; Health & Social Behavior; Health Policy & Management; Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology; Interdisciplinary; Maternal & Child Health; Public Health Nutrition
Points: 5
The University of California Berkeley offers a wide range of MPH programs for students who want to be leaders in public health. The traditional MPH program is designed to be completed in two years. There are 11 areas of study for on-campus students to choose from. An 11-month professional program is available to students who have completed a doctoral degree or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program. Working professionals unable to meet the on-campus requirements of the traditional program may consider the online MPH. This is a 27 month program that includes two intensive one-week on-campus experiences.

#15 –University of California – Los Angeles, California

Fielding School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,442/year in-state and $26,544/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community Health Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Health Policy and Management
Points: 5
The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health features a top master of public health degree that prepares students to work in local, state or national public health organizations. Students can specialize in one of five areas. Most students choose a standard two-year program. However, students with specific qualifications, such as a clinical doctoral degree, may qualify for an accelerated program option. Students working full-time in a public health discipline should consider the Executive MPH program that provides the flexibility needed to balance school and work.

#14 –University at Albany, SUNY – Albany, New York

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,090/year in-state and $22,650/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biomedical Sciences; Biostatistics; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Health Policy and Management; Social Behavior and Community Health; Public Health Practice
Points: 5
The top master of public health at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to work in a variety of different settings. UAlbany requires MPH students to complete 720 internship hours, more than any other MPH program in the country. This requirement allows students to complete internships at multiple sites, preparing them for success after graduation. This top MPH program includes:

  • multiple areas of concentration
  • an online learning MPH in public health practice
  • multiple dual degree programs

Students can further enhance their MPH degree by completing a certificate in global health, health disparities, or public health surveillance.

#13 –University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $10,770/year in-state and $27,335/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Public Health Policy and Management; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Public Health Practice
Points: 5
The College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida features a top online MPH program with options available on-campus or online. Online students can choose between Public Health Practice or Social and Behavioral Sciences. On-campus students have access to all six concentration areas. UF also offers an accelerated MPH and collaborative and joint degree programs for students with diverse professional interests. Undergraduate students planning to continue on to an MPH program can save both time and money through the combined bachelor’s/MPH program that saves a full semester of time. All MPH program courses are taught by expert level faculty with experience in practice and research in their area of instruction.

#12 –St. Louis University – St. Louis, Missouri

College for Public Health and Social Justice-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $20,340/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Areas of Emphasis: Behavioral Science and Health Education; Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Global Health; Health Management and Policy; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Practice
Points: 6
St. Louis University is home to the only Catholic accredited Jesuit school of public health in the U.S. Students benefit from classroom based learning and a variety of applied learning opportunities in the Saint Louis area. There are eight different concentration areas to choose from and students may select one or two areas to focus on. The Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness area is offered online. Over 90% of graduates pass the CPH exam on their first try. This is significantly higher than the national average of just 75-85%.

#11 –Rutgers University – New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rutgers School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $17,232/year in-state and $29,304/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Global Public Health; Health Systems & Policy; Urban Public Health; Social and Behavioral Health Sciences; Public Health Nutrition; Occupational Health and Safety
Points: 6
The top MPH degree program at Rutgers University is a 45 credit hour program that includes a series of core courses in public health and concentration courses. Programs are available at both the Newark and New Brunswick campuses, but concentrations differ. Newark offers:

  • Epidemiology
  • Urban Public Health
  • Public Health Nutrition

New Brunswick offers:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Public Health
  • Health Systems & Policy
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Occupational Safety & Health
  • Social & Behavioral Health Sciences

Students may choose two concentration areas, completing an applied practice experience and practicum capstone that reflects both disciplines. There are study abroad opportunities for students who want to learn about public health in a global environment.

#10 –University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,716/year in-state and $32,065/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health with tracks in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) & Industrial Hygiene (IH); Epidemiology; Family and Child Health with tracks in Global Health and Maternal & Child Health; Health Behavior Health Promotion; Health Services Administration; One Health; Public Health Policy and Management; Public Health Practice
Points: 6
The top master of public health degree at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is an interdisciplinary program. Full-time students can complete the program in two years. Part-time students may take up to six. On-campus students can complete one of nine different concentrations, while online students have four to choose from. Dual degree programs are also available for MD/MPH, JD/MPH, PharmD/MPH, MPH/MBA, MPH/MA in Latin American Studies, and MPH/MS in Mexican American Studies. World-class faculty teach both the online and on-campus programs.

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

Gillings School of Global Public Health-Master of Public Health

School Profile

Average graduate student tuition: $10,243/year in-state and $27,454/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Areas of Emphasis: Applied Epidemiology; Environmental Health Solutions; Global Health; Health Behavior; Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights; Health Policy
Leadership in Practice; Maternal, Child and Family Health; Nutrition with Registered Dietitian (RD) Training; Nutrition;
Population Health for Clinicians; Public Health Data Science

Points: 6
The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina features a top MPH program with 12 different areas of concentration. The curriculum includes:

  • core courses
  • concentration courses
  • a culminating experience
  • applied practicum
  • electives

The online version of the program includes four distinct concentrations that include:

  • Leadership in Practice
  • Health Policy
  • Nutrition
  • MPH/RD

UNC is the top public school of public health in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. Nearly 100% of alumni find a job or continue their education within six months of completing their degree.

#8 –University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $9,785/year in-state and $28,726/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community and Behavioral Health; Epidemiology; Occupational and Environmental Health; Policy
Points: 6
The University of Iowa College of Public Health features a top MPH program with multiple concentration areas. The program is available to students coming from a variety of backgrounds. Some online course content is available, but 50% of the program must be completed on-campus. Students complete 200 hours of applied practice experience and may choose to take on an internship with national organizations like the CDC and USAID as well as at the state level with the Iowa Counties Public Health Association and DHHS.

#7 –University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $8,704/year in-state and $24,692/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Disaster Management; Environmental Health Science; Epidemiology; Gerontology; Health Policy and Management; Health Promotion and Behavior
Points: 6
The College of Public Health at the University of Georgia features a top MPH created to address the need for well trained public health professionals. This two year program includes seven concentration areas and multiple dual degree options. All students complete a 300 hour internship supervised by a public health professional. Students work with their advisor to select an internship site that will provide the best opportunity for professional growth and development.

#6 –East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, Tennessee

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $8,460/year in-state and $23,598/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community Health; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Services Administration
Points: 6
The College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University offers an innovative, top master of public health accredited by the CEPH. The curriculum is rigorous and competency based. Students can choose from five different concentration areas. Online students can complete concentrations in:

  • biostatistics
  • community health
  • epidemiology
  • health services administration

All students complete a 300 contact hour field experience in a public health setting. The program is open to both part-time and full-time students. Professional development opportunities are available through participation in student organizations like:

  • the Public Health Student Association
  • Delta Omega
  • the Graduate and Professional Student Association.

#5 -University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $8,350/year in-state and $19,048/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 22:1
Areas of Emphasis: Applied Biostatistics; Behavioral Health; Epidemiology; Epidemiology & Communicable Disease; Epidemiology & Global Communicable Disease; Epidemiology & Global Health; Epidemiology & Maternal & Child Health; Environmental & Occupational Health; Global Communicable Disease; Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security; Global Health Practice; Health Care Organizations and Management; Health Safety and Environment; Health Policies and Programs; Infection Control; Maternal and Child Health; Nutrition and Dietetics; Public Health Education; Public Health Practice; Social Marketing
Points: 6
The University of South Florida features a 42 credit hour top public health master’s program. Both online and on-campus program options are available in select concentration areas. Students can earn their MPH online in:

  • Public Health Practice
  • Social Marketing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security
  • Epidemiology
  • Infection Control
  • Health, Safety & Environment.

All students complete a field experience or practicum to gain hands on training.

#4 –University of Alabama – Birmingham, Alabama

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $8,100/year in-state and $18,540/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Areas of Emphasis: Maternal and Child Health Policy & Leadership; Health Care Organization & Policy; Health Behavior; Epidemiology; Environmental and Occupational Health; Population Health
Points: 6
The School of Public Health at the University of Alabama offers a top MPH degree program available online and on-campus. Concentration areas are available both on-campus and on-line. Online students benefit from the low in-state tuition rate. All students complete a planned semester-long internship experience of 180 contact hours. Coordinated degree programs are available to students with a dual focus. Through collaboration with other departments at UAB, students can pursue 19 different dual degree programs with an emphasis on public health.

#3 –University of Colorado – Denver, Colorado

Colorado School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $6,786/year in-state and $22,590/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Areas of Emphasis: Applied Biostatistics; Community & Behavioral Health; Environmental & Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Global Health & Applied Biostatistics; Global Health & Community & Behavioral Health; Global Health & Environmental & Occupational Health; Global Health & Epidemiology; Global Health & Health Systems, Management & Policy; Global Health & Maternal & Child Health ; Health Services Research; Health Systems, Management & Policy; Leadership & Public Health Practice (online); Maternal & Child Health; Population Mental Health and Wellbeing
Points: 6
The Colorado School of Public Health features an MPH program at each of three collaborating universities that include the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. The 42-45 credit hour MPH program takes two years to complete for full-time students. Each collaborating university offers different concentration areas so students can choose the program and campus that best meets their professional goals. All students are engaged in practice-based learning that fuses classroom content with real-world experience. Graduates have secured positions working for a variety of locations including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Navy.

#2 –Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $6,552/year in-state and $17,904/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Areas of Emphasis: Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Occupational Safety and Health; Health Policy and Management; Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
Points: 6
Texas A&M School of Public Health was founded in 1998 with a commitment to transforming public health. Texas A&M features a top MPH program with six areas of concentration. All students complete a practicum experience, gaining valuable hands on skill training. Students and alumni have access to Career Services to:

  • explore career options
  • assist with a job search
  • evaluate job offers
  • transition successfully from school to a professional career.

#1 –University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston – Houston, Texas

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

School Profile

Average graduate student tuition: $7,304/year in-state and $29,450/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 5:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Management, Policy and Community Health (MPACH); Health Promotion/Health Education; General/Customized MPH
Points: 8
Our top master of public health degree program is offered by the University of Texas, Health Sciences Center. UTHealth features both a low tuition rate and a low student/faculty ratio providing students with personalized attention at a low cost. Most full-time students can complete their degree in less than two years. The curriculum includes required coursework a practice experience, and a culminating experience where students showcase their knowledge of public health. Graduates are prepared to work in both the private and public sector. Students and graduates seeking assistance with their career development can utilize the Career Services Office.
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