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Doctor’s Degrees in Public Health

975 Yearly Graduations
$58,600 Median Salary
$48,537 Median Debt
There are 113 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in public health. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 38% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 15.9% of public health graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Health Majors

In 2018-2019, 975 doctor's degrees were awarded to public health majors. This makes it the 12th most popular doctor'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 Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in public health is $58,600. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $49,900 to a high of $74,650.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in public health is $48,537. 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, $74,762 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $44,623.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $566.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in public health. About 67.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 315
Women 660
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Public Health

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 93
Black or African American 178
Hispanic or Latino 72
White 384
International Students 155
Other Races/Ethnicities 93
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Health Doctor's Degree Students

There are 113 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in public health. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
156 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Each year, around 48,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 156 people received their doctor's degree in public health from Walden University. About 67% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
44 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public health. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 44 people received their doctor's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#2

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
44 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public health. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 44 doctor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at Capella University. Of these students, 70% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
32 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Harvard University. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 people received their doctor's degree in public health from Harvard. About 72% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

30 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Chicago is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public health. Each year, around 32,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

The public health program at University of Illinois at Chicago awarded 30 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
28 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public health. Roughly 44,300 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.

The public health program at University of California - Los Angeles awarded 28 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 54% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
25 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of South Carolina - Columbia. 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 25 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

23 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their doctor's degree in public health from UW Seattle. Of these students, 83% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

21 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of South Florida - Main Campus. 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.

The public health program at University of South Florida - Main Campus awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 71% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
21 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Wisconsin - Madison. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in public health from UW - Madison. About 33% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

19 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Each year, around 39,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

The public health program at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus awarded 19 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#12

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
17 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree 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, 17 people received their doctor's degree in public health from Rutgers New Brunswick. About 71% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
16 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Roughly 29,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,019 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,552 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their doctor's degree in public health from UNC Chapel Hill. About 94% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

16 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public health. Each year, around 58,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

The public health program at Florida International University awarded 16 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia
14 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Southern University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public health. Roughly 26,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,977 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their doctor's degree in public health from GaSou. Of these students, 79% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
12 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public health. Roughly 68,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 doctor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at Texas A&M College Station. About 50% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
12 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public health. Each year, around 13,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 doctor's degrees were handed out to public health majors at Yale. Of these students, 67% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico
12 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of New Mexico - Main Campus is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public health. Roughly 22,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,299 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,156 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their doctor's degree in public health from UNM. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

12 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their doctor's degree in public health from Ohio State. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#16

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
12 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor'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.

The public health program at University of Arizona awarded 12 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 75% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Public Health Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Public Health 520
Other Public Health 116
Environmental Health 99
Public Health Education & Promotion 80
Medical Physics 44

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,720
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,507
Rehabilitation Professions 13,537
Nursing 8,781
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700

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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