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By HMD Staff
February 2018

A graduate Public Health degree is an excellent way to enter the booming Healthcare Management profession. The field of Healthcare Management has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. One of the avenues that many Healthcare Managers 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.”

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A person earning a Public Health degree is qualified to work in a variety of settings in the healthcare industry where the goal is 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, 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. 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:

  • 13:1 or less- 3 points
  • 14:1 to 20:1- 2 points
  • 21:1 and above- 1 point

Average Graduate Tuition Rate:

  • Less than $10,000- 5 points
  • $10,001 to $18,000- 3 points
  • Greater than $18,000- 1 point

#35 –University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Graduate School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $21,748/year in-state and $25,904/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Areas of Emphasis: Behavioral and Community Health Sciences; Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Policy and Management; Human Genetics; Infectious Diseases and Microbiology; Multidisciplinary
Points: 3
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health offers one of the top CEPH accredited master’s of public health in the country. Several different departments offer the MPH degree in a variety of concentration areas designed to provide students with an individualized experience. Faculty are well-known and well respected in their areas of expertise, actively publishing research in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine.

Graduates have gone on to work for prestigious organizations and health care facilities including the Mayo Clinic, American Red Cross, National Institute of Health, and Basic Health International.

#34 –Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore, Maryland

Bloomberg School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $50,410/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
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 features the top ranked public health program in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. Students learn in partnership with experienced faculty and classmates from 80 nations. The program is flexible, with the ability to change focus areas as students’ needs change.

Students can conduct research in over 130 different countries around the world to gain a global perspective of public health. Full-time students can earn their degree in less than one year while online/part-time students can finish in two to three years. Dual degree program options are also available.

#33 –Boston University-Boston, Massachusetts

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $49,176/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Areas of Emphasis: Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation; Design and Conduct of Public Health Research; Environmental Hazard Assessment; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Policy and Law; Health Communication and Promotion; Healthcare Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Program Management; Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases; Global Health; Infectious Disease; Maternal and Child Health; Mental Health and Substance Use; Pharmaceutical; Sex, Sexuality, and Gender; Social Justice, Human Rights, and Health Equity
Points: 4
Boston University is a top tier research institution offering a master of public health with an impressive list of emphasis areas. As the largest university in Boston, BU is home to about 33,000 students. The School of Public Health features a diverse student body and a supportive environment. Students benefit from personalized advising and the opportunity to join social and professional groups to expand networks. Boston University offers both a traditional MPH program and an executive program to meet the needs of working public health professionals.

#32 –Tulane University-New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $49,030/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 is a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools. This top accredited master of public health program covers all five areas of public health including:

-epidemiology

-behavioral science

-environmental health

-biostatistics

-management.

Tulane offers a wide variety of MPH programs to meet the needs of students who seek leadership careers in public health. Graduates are prepared to work at the local, state, federal, and international level, using their expertise and knowledge to help diverse populations.

#31 –Columbia University-New York, New York

Mailman School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

School Profile

Average graduate student tuition: $43,552/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Areas of Emphasis: Global Health; Chronic Disease; Aging and the Life Course; Health Management; Public Health Research Methods
Points: 4
Columbia University created a revolutionary public health curriculum in 2012 that has set the standard for public health programs around the country. Students develop a foundation of knowledge during their first semester. They then continue on to interdisciplinary topics in their area of focus. Students can choose to earn a certificate in an area of specialization created by key public health researchers, professionals, and other stakeholders in the field. The internship experience is one of the program highlights, often fueling the thesis or capstone paper.

#30 –Harvard University-Cambridge, Massachusetts

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

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $43,296/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
Points: 4
The prestige Harvard is well known.  The top master’s of public health program provides students with the expertise and knowledge needed for a successful career in public health. The program is flexible enough accommodate medical professionals, experienced public health leaders, and those new to the field. Students benefit from “t-shaped” competencies. They will have the breadth of knowledge to work across a variety of areas and the depth of a specialization.

This top accredited master of public health features collaborative experiences with students from around the globe using world class resources such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.

#29 –Emory University-Atlanta, Georgia

Rollins School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $39,800/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Areas of Emphasis: Bioethics; Business; Divinity; Law; Nursing; Physician Assistant; Theological Studies
Points: 4
The Rollins School of Public Health is ranked 5th in the nation for National Institute of Health funding for 2017. It works with some of the world’s leading public health organizations. Students come from all 50 states and more than 40 countries to experience what Emory has to offer. The public health program includes six different academic departments in:

-behavioral sciences and health education

-biostatistics

-environmental health

-epidemiology

-health policy and management

-global health.

More than 200 faculty members teach and conduct research. Dual degree programs are also available in business, medicine, nursing, and law.

#28 –Yale University-New Haven, Connecticut

Yale School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $39,800/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Chronic Disease Epidemiology;
Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; Health Care Management; Health Policy; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Global Health Concentration; Public Health Modeling Concentration; Regulatory Affairs Track; Climate Change and Health Program
Points: 4
The top master of public health at Yale University is a two year program for students coming from a variety of different backgrounds and experience levels. Students complete an internship experience over the summer to gain professional public health skills. MPH students can choose from seven different areas of study, or consider an interdisciplinary area of concentration.

Yale also offers an advanced professional MPH program for students with experience or education in an area related to public health. This 11 month program includes concentration areas in:

-Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology

-Social and Behavioral Sciences

-Health Policy

-Global Health

-Preventive Medicine

-Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

#27 –Drexel University-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dornsife School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $32,184/year
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Areas of Emphasis: Community Health and Prevention; Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Management and Policy
Points: 4
Drexel University features a newly redesigned MPH curriculum. It includes more specialization areas and a flexible curriculum to reduce the time needed to finish the program. In addition to classes, students will complete a practical experience to give them the depth and breadth of understanding to make a difference in their community. The interdisciplinary program allows for cross-sector teamwork experiences. Most students can earn their degree in about five quarters.

#26 –George Washington University-Washington, DC

Milken Institute School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $28,800/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; Maternal and Child Health; Physical Activity in Public Health; Public Health Communication and Marketing; Public Health Nutrition
Points: 4
George Washington University offers 15 different MPH degree programs, providing students with both the breadth and depth they need for a successful career. Students can take advantage of real-world experience. They can also tap into the extensive alumni network to help them enter a career in public health research, practice, or leadership.

Internships, practicum training, guest speakers, and residencies enable students to learn outside the classroom and strengthen their leadership skills.

#25 –University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $21,466/year in-state and $43,346/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Health Behavior and Health Education; Health Management and Policy; Nutritional Sciences
Points: 4
The University of Michigan is one of the best schools for students seeking a master’s in public health. It’s ranked 4th in the nation in for public health programs by U.S. News and World Report and the #1 best public research university in the country by the National Science Foundation.

The School of Public Health boasts 34 research centers and nearly 30 student organizations. Almost 94% of graduates are employed within six months or completing fellowships or internships or continuing their education. The School of Public Health is comprised of six graduate focused departments offering students a tailor made MPH experience.

#24 –Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rutgers School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $16,536/year in-state and $28,128/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental & Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Global Public Health; Health Education & Behavioral Science; Health Systems & Policy; Dental Public Health; Epidemiology; Urban Health Administration
Points: 5
The top master of public health degree at Rutgers University is a 45 credit hour program that includes a series of core courses in public health and concentration courses. Concentration availability differs between locations. Newark offers  the Dental Public Health, Epidemiology, and Urban Health Administration concentrations.

The program is very flexible, allowing students to work toward double concentration areas based on career interests. An innovative cross-department option is also available for New Brunswick students who want to earn a specialization in Quantitative Health Care Assessment.

#23 –University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Minnesota

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $16,240/year in-state and $25,120/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; Public Health Nutrition; Public Health Practice (executive program)
Points: 5
Whether it is running some of the world’s largest Ebola vaccine trials or conducting biomarker research, the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota is a leader in tackling public health challenges. This top MPH degree program takes two years to complete and includes community engagement as part of the curriculum. The curriculum is practical, teaching relevant, cutting edge research and interventions. Students with more specific interests pursue dual degree programs, executive degrees, and 4+1 programs offered through the School of Public Health.

#22 –University of Washington-Seattle, Washington

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $15,207/year in-state and $27,255/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Global Health; Health Services; Interdisciplinary Programs
Points: 5
The University of Washington supports the vision of a world of healthy people living in sustainable communities. Through its top MPH program, UW trains innovative and diverse public health professionals who can serve communities and conduct research to improve people’s lives. The School of Public Health is comprised of five academic departments with over 1,500 students. Students can choose from a variety of  concentrations designed to meet the world’s diverse public health care needs.

With an alumni network of over 10,000 alumni, graduates are making a difference around the world.

#21 –University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Massachusetts

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $13,524/year in-state and $29,644/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Public Health Practice; Nutrition
Points: 5
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst offers both a traditional and online master of public health program. Students can earn their MPH in public health practice entirely online with no residency requirements. Courses are offered in an asynchronous format, making the program convenient for working professionals. UMass Amherst began offering the online program in 2001 and has graduated more than 600 students. MPH students with a focus in nutrition will benefit from the first fully online, accredited MPH in Nutrition program.

#20 –University of Illinois-Chicago, Illinois

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $13,263/year in-state and $22,217/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Community Health Sciences; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Health Policy and Administration
Points: 5
The top master of public health degree program at the University of Illinois Chicago provides a tailored approach to public health education. Students choose a specialization from one of four divisions within the SPH.  Or they can further focus their studies through additional concentration areas offered in collaboration with the SPH.

Students with limited public health experience can complete the comprehensive program which gives them the breadth of knowledge needed to work in a variety of environments.

#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: General Public Health; 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 has six departments and nationally recognized faculty. The University boasts the only CEPH accredited school of public health in the state. Students can choose from a variety of areas of study to reach their career goals.

Most programs can be completed in just two years of study. Students work alongside award winning faculty on cutting edge research and projects designed to improve access to healthcare, promote healthy lifestyles, and control disease.

#18 –University of Maryland-College Park, Maryland

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,718/year in-state and $25,272/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
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
Points: 5
The University of Maryland is inroducting a new MPH curriculum in the fall of 2018. It will showcase the impressive internship and practical experiences in the Washington DC area. Students will complete a set of core courses over three semesters, followed by an internship experience and capstone project in their concentration area. The 45 credit hour program can be completed in about two years of full-time study. While most concentration areas are on-campus, the Public Health Practice and Policy is available online.

#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 $32,008/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 top master of public health degree program at Ohio State University is offered in a full-time traditional format and a flexible part-time format. This 45-48 credit hour program is ideal for students entering the private and public health sector.

The curriculum includes:

-a series of core courses

-specialization courses

-a practicum experience

-a culminating project.

Students can usually earn their degree in about two years of study.

#16 –University of Arizona-Tucson, Arizona

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

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,372/year in-state and $31,124/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 20:1
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: 5
The top master of public health degree program at the University of Arizona is an interdisciplinary program to give students a broad knowledge and skills in a variety of areas in public health. Full-time students can graduate in about two years while part-time students may take up to six years to earn their degree.

Students can choose from eight different areas of concentration in the traditional on-campus program and three areas of concentration online. Dual degrees are also available for MD/MPH, JD/MPH, PharmD/MPH, MPH/MBA, MPH/MA in Latin American Studies, MPH/MS in Mexican American Studies, and DN/MPH Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). Faculty are world-class with experience in research and education.

#15 –University of California-Berkeley, California

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,220/year in-state and $26,322/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Health and Social Behavior; Health Policy and Management; Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Nutrition; Interdisciplinary; Global Health & Environment
Points: 5
The University of California Berkeley was founded in 1943. It was the first school of public health west of the Mississippi River. UC Berkeley School of Public Health features a top master of public health for students who plan to be leaders in public health settings. The two year, on-campus program includes 11 different areas of concentration. An online/on-campus MPH degree is available for students who need the flexibility of a non-traditional program.

Students who have already earned a doctorate degree or are enrolled in a doctoral level program may be able to earn their MPH degree in just 11 months.

#14 –University of California-Los Angeles, California

Fielding School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $11,220/year in-state and $26,322/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community Health Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology; Health Policy and Management
Points: 5
The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health offers a top master of public health degree. It prepares students to solve public health problems through systematic and research driven solutions. The MPH is a Schoolwide degree program.  Students will develop a strong foundation in public health choose a specialization in one of the school’s five departments.

Most students can earn their degree in about two years, but there are exceptions for those who already have a clinical doctoral degree or are working professionals.

#13 –University of Kentucky-Lexington, Kentucky

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $10,925/year in-state and $27,069/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; 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 affordable master of public health with five areas of concentration. It’s designed for recent bachelor’s degree graduates. The program is accredited by both the CAHME and the CEPH, indicating exceptional quality in public health education. Full-time students can earn their degree in about four semesters and a summer session. Combined MPH/MD and PharmD/MPH degree plans are available to students who have been accepted to the College of Medicine.

#12 –University at Albany, SUNY-Albany, New York

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $10,870/year in-state and $22,210/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biomedical Sciences; Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Policy and Management; Social Behavior and Community Health; Public Health Practice
Points: 5
The top master of public health at the University at Albany, State University of New York  is an interdisciplinary program. Students learn cutting edge techniques in disease prevention and wellness through systematic community efforts. Students may select from seven different concentration areas. Those interested in global health, health disparities, or public health surveillance and preparedness can earn an additional certification. This is a 51 credit hour program that includes an internship, allowing students to gain professional work experience.

#11 –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: 20:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Public Health Policy and Management; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Public Health Practice
Points: 5
The Master of Public Health at the University of Florida comes in a variety of formats including:

-a traditional on-campus program

-an online version

-an accelerated MPH

-a combined bachelor and MPH

-collaborative and joint degree programs.

The traditional program is a 48 credit hour, two year program featuring core public health courses, concentration courses, and an internship. The online program requires no on-campus visits. Students can choose a concentration in either public health practice or social and behavioral sciences. MPH program courses are taught by expert level faculty with experience in practice and research.

#10 –St. Louis University-St. Louis, Missouri

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

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $19,350/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 features the only accredited Catholic, Jesuit school of public health. The top master of public health program gives students the option to choose either one or two areas of concentration. Students can choose from eight different concentration areas, with the option to complete the Biosecurity and Disaster Preparation concentration online. Dual degree programs are also available for professionals seeking their MD, MSW, PhD in clinical psychology, or JD.

#9 -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: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health Care Organizations and Management, Policy and Programs; Environmental Health; Toxicology and Risk Assessment; Safety Management; Occupational Health; Global Communicable Disease; Maternal and Child Health; Health Education; Behavioral Health; Public Health Practice; Global Health; Socio-Health Sciences; Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security
Points: 6
The 42 credit hour top public health master’s program at the University of South Florida is flexible  with online and on-campus options to accommodate even the busiest of students. Students can earn their MPH online in:

-Public Health Practice

-Public Health Administration

-Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief

-Epidemiology

-Infection Control

-Health, Safety & Environment.

Online students also have the option of earning one of 10 different online graduate certificates in public health. Leadership training is a critical focus of the program. It prepares students to contribute to and lead innovative approaches to public health problems.

#8 –Texas A&M Health Science Center-College Station, Texas

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $5,784/year in-state and $15,953/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; Community Health Sciences
Points: 6
Texas A&M School of Public Health is considered one of the top 25 schools in the country for public health according to U.S. News and World Report. The program was created to address the need for public health services and programs in Texas, specifically rural and underserved populations. The School of Public Health has become a leader in public health research and education.

The top MPH degree program at Texas A&M features six concentration areas. The curriculum includes 45 credit hours of core courses, concentration courses and a practicum experience. Most students can graduate in about two years. The school boasts 98% job placement of Environmental and Occupational Health graduates.

#7 –University of Iowa-Iowa City, Iowa

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $8,856/year in-state and $26,460/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Areas of Emphasis: Community and Behavioral Health; Epidemiology; Occupational and Environmental Health; Policy; Quantitative Methods
Points: 7
The University of Iowa features an affordable top master of public health for students who want to:

-shape policy

-create health education programs

-analyze research

-advise on community wellness.

Most students can earn their MPH degree in two to three years, depending on the area of concentration. A 200 hour practicum experience is required as part of the program. There are internship opportunities with national organizations such as the CDC and USAID. There are also local opportunities with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Public Health Association. Some students may benefit from taking core courses in an online format, although about 50% of the coursework for the program must be completed on-campus.

#6 –University of Georgia-Athens, Georgia

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $8,492/year in-state and $24,090/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Disaster Management; Environmental Health Science; Epidemiology; Gerontology; Health Policy and Management; Health Promotion and Behavior
Points: 7
The accredited master of public health at the University of Georgia is a two year program designed for both health professionals and those who want to enter the field of public health. Students can choose from seven different areas of concentration. They can also choose multiple duel degree options that provide an individualized educational experience. Students complete a 300 clock hour internship under the supervision of a senior public health professional.

#5 –East Tennessee State University-Johnson City, Tennessee

College of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $7,992/year in-state and $22,248/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Community Health; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Services Administration
Points: 7
East Tennessee State University offers an innovative, affordable master of public health focused on student success. The curriculum is rigorous and competency based. It has more than 175 internship site affiliations that provide students with practical experience. The program is open to both part-time and full-time students.  Online students can choose a concentration in Health Services Administration, Epidemiology, or Community Health. 100% of MPH graduates are employed within one year of graduation.

#4 –University of Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $7,588/year in-state and $17,294/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Areas of Emphasis: Occupational Health & Safety; Maternal and Child Health Policy & Leadership; Industrial Hygiene; Health Care Organization & Policy; Health Behavior; Epidemiology; Environmental Health & Toxicology
Points: 7
The top master of public health program at the University of Alabama is flexible with options for traditional and online students. Concentration areas are available both on-campus and on-line. Online students benefit from the low in-state tuition rate.

Public health master’s students develop collaborative strategies and communication skills needed to be successful public health leaders. There are plenty of research opportunities available students, working alongside experienced faculty. Through collaboration with other departments at UAB, students can also pursue 19 different dual degree programs with a focus on public health.

#3 –University of Colorado-Denver, Colorado

Colorado School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

Program Website

Average graduate student tuition: $6,714/year in-state and $22,374/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
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; Animals, People & the Environment; Global Health & Health Disparities; Health Communication ; Physical Activity & Healthy Lifestyles; Public Health Nutrition; Community Health Education; Global Health & Community Health Education; Healthy Aging & Community Health Education
Points: 7
The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative effort among three outstanding research institutions: the University of Colorado; Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. The School of Public Health operates on three different campuses, each with it’s own distinct flair. Public Health master’s students have access to:

-more than 170 different courses

-42 different concentration areas

-10 research centers

-a network of almost 500 researchers, instructors, and professors.

The 42-45 credit hour top master of public health program typically takes about two years of study and includes a practicum and capstone experience.

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

Gillings School of Global Public Health-Master of Public Health

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Average graduate student tuition: $9,643/year in-state and $26,854/year out-of-state
Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Areas of Emphasis: Biostatistics; Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration; Maternal and Child Health; Nutrition; Prevention; Occupational Health
Points: 8
The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina is one of the top public schools of public health in the U.S. Faculty, staff, and students are focused on solving some of the most challenging public health problems in the world. Faculty consistently publish groundbreaking research, as well as preparing future public health professionals. The MPH curriculum features a balance of classroom content with real-world experiences. This provides students with the opportunity for professional growth and development.

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

School of Public Health-Master of Public Health

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Average graduate student tuition: $7,061/year in-state and $27,362/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 at the University of Texas, Health Sciences Center. With low tuition and a low student/faculty ratio, the program is a standout among the rest of these top notch programs. This 45 credit hour program can be completed in about 18-24 months of study.

The curriculum is rigorous, including coursework and a practicum experience in the field. Throughout the program, students can take advantage of unique educational activities that add diversity to their experience. Each student meets with their own advisory committee at the start of each semester to review their academic plan and degree progress. This individualized attention saves students time and money by keeping them on track throughout the program.