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Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Health

16,962 Yearly Graduations
$31,100 Median Salary
$25,000 Median Debt
There are 405 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in public health. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 49% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.5% of public health graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Health Majors

In 2018-2019, 16,962 earned their bachelor's degree in public health. This makes it the 3rd most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public health at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 16,962
Master’s Degree 15,589
Graduate Certificate 1,648
Doctor’s Degree 975
Basic Certificate 669
Associate’s Degree 666
Undergraduate Certificate 60

Earnings of Public Health Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public health is $31,100. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $29,100 to a high of $34,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public health is $25,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,086 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $19,998.

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The median monthly payment of a public health graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $259.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in public health. About 79.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,447
Women 13,515
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Public Health

The racial-ethnic distribution of public health bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,038
Black or African American 2,646
Hispanic or Latino 2,711
White 7,827
International Students 428
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,312
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Health Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 405 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in public health. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
486 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public health students seekinga bachelor's degree is University of California - Irvine. Roughly 36,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 486 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at UC Irvine. About 79% of this group were women, and 83% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
374 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public health. Each year, around 50,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 374 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from Rutgers New Brunswick. Of these students, 81% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
372 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Maryland - College Park. Roughly 40,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

The public health program at University of Maryland - College Park awarded 372 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

339 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brigham Young University - Idaho comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public health. Roughly 39,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 339 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from BYU - I. About 72% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
332 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Carolina University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public health. Each year, around 28,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,749 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 332 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at ECU. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

322 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Northridge. Roughly 39,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 322 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from CSUN. Of these students, 77% were women and 78% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
317 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Carolina - Columbia is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 35,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,288 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,737 per year.

The public health program at University of South Carolina - Columbia awarded 317 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#8

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
278 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts Amherst is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 31,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,791 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,014 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 278 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at UMass Amherst. About 83% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

273 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public health. Each year, around 47,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 273 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at UW Seattle. Around 58% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
268 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Florida. Each year, around 52,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 268 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at UF. About 90% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
267 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 44,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 267 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from University of Arizona. About 79% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

260 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Florida - Main Campus is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 260 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at USF Tampa. Of these students, 77% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
249 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 30,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

The public health program at Northern Arizona University awarded 249 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 72% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

238 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at Austin. Each year, around 51,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 238 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at UT Austin. About 76% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
235 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland State University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 235 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at Portland State University. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#15

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
235 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - San Diego is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 38,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 235 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at UCSD. About 79% of this group were women, and 69% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
227 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Los Angeles is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 26,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 227 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from Cal State LA. About 85% of this group were women, and 87% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
219 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Monroe College. Each year, around 6,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,624 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 219 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at Monroe College. Around 91% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#19

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
218 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jose State University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public health. Roughly 36,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The public health program at San Jose State University awarded 218 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 81% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

204 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

The public health program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded 204 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Public Health Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Public Health 7,614
Public Health Education & Promotion 3,270
Community Health & Preventive Medicine 1,844
Other Public Health 1,602
Health Services Administration 1,215

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public health that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing 154,540
Health/Medical Admin Services 17,317
Health Sciences & Services 16,503
Communication Sciences 11,326
Allied Health Professions 11,092

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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