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2021 Best Public Health Schools

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$41,740 Avg Salary
$35,895 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Public Health School for You

In 2018-2019, 36,569 public health students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #6 most popular in the country.

It's not easy to decide which healthcare program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Healthcare Degree Search has developed this Best Public Health Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 597 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Public Health Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Public Health Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Public Health

Our analysis found Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to be the best school for public health students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

Public Health majors at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai take out an average of $54,739 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $638.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Stanford University is a great place for public health students. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Out of the 517 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Public Health majors at Harvard take out an average of $38,853 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $452.

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#4

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Dartmouth College is a great place for public health students. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from Dartmouth carry an average student debtload of $74,762. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $871.

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#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Out of the 517 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Chicago landed the # 5 spot on the list. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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#6

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #6, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for public health students. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#7

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for public health students. It came in at #7 on the list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

Public Health majors at Johns Hopkins take out an average of $45,187 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $521, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for public health students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from Yale carry an average student debtload of $46,428. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $541.

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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CUNY Graduate School and University Center landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best public health programs. Located in the city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at The Graduate Center take out is $12,937. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $151.

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Illinois State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Health Schools ranking. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal.

Public Health majors at Illinois State take out an average of $21,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences ranked #12 on this year’s Best Public Health Schools list. Albany College of Pharmacy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ranked #13 on this year’s Best Public Health Schools list. Located in the large city of Houston, UTHealth is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#14

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Public Health Schools list. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at Brown take out is $28,790. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $325, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Medical College of Wisconsin ranked #15 on this year’s Best Public Health Schools list. Medical College of Wisconsin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Milwaukee.

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Touro University California came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Vallejo, TUC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for public health students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from UCLA carry an average student debtload of $51,515. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $600.

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#18

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for public health students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Nebraska Medical Center did quite well on this year’s best schools for public health students. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNMC is a public college with a small student population.

On average, public health graduates from UNMC take out $31,530 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $367.

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#20

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best public health programs. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from Tufts carry an average student debtload of $56,806. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $652.

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Medical University of South Carolina came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Health Schools ranking. MUSC is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Charleston.

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#22

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from UPenn carry an average student debtload of $71,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $827, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Baldwin Wallace University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Health Schools ranking. Baldwin Wallace College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Berea.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Public Health Schools list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at Northwestern U take out is $139,944. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,631.

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Jefferson College of Health Sciences ranked #25 on this year’s Best Public Health Schools list. Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a small public school located in the small city of Roanoke.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Public Health Schools

#27

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY
#28

New York Medical College

Valhalla, NY
#29

Duke University

Durham, NC
#33

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#38

Salus University

Elkins Park, PA
#42

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, NY
#46

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#48

University of New England

Biddeford, ME
#50

Texas Wesleyan University

Fort Worth, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Public Health Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 597 different United States public health schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 A T Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville, MO
52 Pennsylvania State University - College of Medicine Hershey, PA
53 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
54 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
55 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
56 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
57 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
58 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
59 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
60 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
61 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
62 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
63 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
64 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
65 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
66 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
67 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH
68 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
69 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
70 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
71 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
72 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
73 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
74 West Coast University - Dallas Dallas, TX
75 Georgetown University Washington, DC
76 Creighton University Omaha, NE
77 Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Public Health students that almost earned our Best Public Health Schools award.

Rank College Location
78 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
79 Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY
80 Boston University Boston, MA
81 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
82 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
83 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
84 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
85 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
86 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
87 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
88 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
89 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
90 University of Maryland - Baltimore Baltimore, MD
91 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
92 New York University New York, NY
93 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
94 University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX
95 Marywood University Scranton, PA
96 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
97 Winona State University Winona, MN
98 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
99 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
100 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
101 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR
102 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
103 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK

Public Health by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 34 majors within the healthcare area of study, public health has other similar majors worth exploring.

Public Health Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Public Health 19,923
Public Health Education and Promotion 4,529
Other Public Health 2,994
Health Services Administration 2,882
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 2,322
International Public Health/International Health 1,444
Environmental Health 1,229
Behavioral Aspects of Health 529
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 334
Health/Medical Physics 211
Maternal and Child Health 172

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Article 25 Flickr.

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