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2021 Best Value Public Health Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

517 Colleges
$11,314 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$41,740 Avg Salary

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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Healthcare Degree Search has created its Best Value Public Health Schools ranking. This report analyzed 517 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for public health students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Public Health Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Public Health

$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Brigham Young University - Idaho the best value school in the United States for public health students. Located in the town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year. The average amount in student loans that public health majors at BYU - I take out is $9,884. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $103.

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#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
$5,655 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbia Southern University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Public Health Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Columbia Southern University are $5,655 per year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend American Public University System. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Public Health Schools list. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

American Military University undergraduate students pay an average of $7,324 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, American Military University also did well on our Best Public Health Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$4,545 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Metropolitan Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Public Health Schools list. MCC is a large public school located in the city of Omaha.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,545 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,664 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at New Mexico State University - Dona Ana helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best public health schools in the United States. Located in the rural area of Las Cruces, NMSU Dona Ana is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NMSU Dona Ana are $5,664 a year. On average, public health graduates from NMSU Dona Ana take out $13,399 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $139, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,360 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Itawamba Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best public health schools in the United States. ICC is a small public school located in the town of Fulton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ICC are $5,360 a year.

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#7

Bryan University

Tempe, AZ

Bryan University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value public health programs. Bryan University is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe.

Bryan University undergraduate students pay an average of $10,111 in tuition and fees each year.

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$4,860 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Community College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the town of Norfolk, Northeast is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northeast are $4,860 a year.

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#9

Quincy College

Quincy, MA
$6,686 Average Tuition & Fees

Quincy College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Public Health Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Quincy, Quincy College is a public school with a small student population.

Quincy College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,686 in tuition and fees each year. On average, public health graduates from Quincy College take out $12,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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#10

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
$8,112 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, City College of San Francisco did quite well on this year’s best value schools for public health students. Located in the city of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at City College of San Francisco are $8,112 a year.

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#11

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN
$5,207 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #11, Anoka-Ramsey Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for public health students. Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Coon Rapids.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus are $5,207 per year.

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$8,050 Average Tuition & Fees

Borough of Manhattan Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for public health students. It came in at #12 on the list. BMCC is a fairly large public school located in the city of New York.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BMCC are $8,050 per year.

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Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for public health students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ASU - Skysong are $19,560 per year.

ASU - Skysong excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Public Health Schools list.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Minnesota State Mankato is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Public Health Schools list.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Provo came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

BYU undergraduate students pay an average of $5,790 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #16, Northeast Ohio Medical University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for public health students. NEOMED is a small public school located in the large suburb of Rootstown.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NEOMED are $0 a year.

NEOMED also claimed a spot on our Best Public Health Schools list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#17

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL
$9,286 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #17, St Petersburg College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for public health students. SPC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Clearwater.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SPC are $9,286 per year. On average, public health graduates from SPC take out $28,300 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $294, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$9,585 Average Tuition & Fees

Harrisburg Area Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for public health students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the small city of Harrisburg, HACC is a public college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at HACC are $9,585 per year.

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With a ranking of #19, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for public health students. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo.

North Dakota State University undergraduate students pay an average of $13,757 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, public health graduates from North Dakota State University carry an average student debtload of $30,904. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $360.

North Dakota State University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Public Health Schools list.

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$19,865 Average Tuition & Fees

West Coast University - Dallas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for public health students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of Dallas, West Coast University - Dallas is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at West Coast University - Dallas are $19,865 a year.

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#21

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA

With a ranking of #21, Santa Rosa Junior College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for public health students. SRJC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Santa Rosa.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SRJC are $8,170 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SRJC also is in the top 10% of our Best Public Health Schools ranking.

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#22

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
$5,736 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Paul College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value public health programs. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Saint Paul College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,736 in tuition and fees each year.

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Saint Joseph’s College of Maine came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Public Health Schools ranking. Saint Joseph's Maine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Standish.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Saint Joseph’s Maine are $36,720 per year. Public Health majors at Saint Joseph's Maine take out an average of $19,529 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $228.

Saint Joseph’s Maine also claimed a spot on our Best Public Health Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#24

Marywood University

Scranton, PA

Marywood University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Scranton, Marywood is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Marywood are $35,904 a year.

Marywood also claimed a spot on our Best Public Health Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for public health students. It came in at #25 on the list. LECOM is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Erie.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at LECOM are $14,640 per year.

LECOM excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Public Health Schools list.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Public Health Schools

#27

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#36

Navarro College

Corsicana, TX
#41

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR
#45

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#46

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#48

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
#50

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Public Health Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 517 different United States public health schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
51 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
53 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
54 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
55 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
56 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
57 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
58 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
59 Illinois State University Normal, IL
60 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
61 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
62 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
63 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
64 Winona State University Winona, MN
65 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
66 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
67 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
68 Jefferson College of Health Sciences Roanoke, VA
68 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
70 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA
71 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
71 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
73 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
74 Excelsior College Albany, NY
75 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
76 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
77 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
78 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT
79 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
80 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
80 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
82 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
83 Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center Des Moines, IA
83 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
85 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
86 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
87 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
88 Creighton University Omaha, NE
88 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
88 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
88 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
92 Hunter College New York, NY
93 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
94 National University La Jolla, CA
95 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
95 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
97 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
98 Monroe College Bronx, NY
99 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
99 Orange County Community College Middletown, NY
99 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
102 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
102 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL

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.

  • 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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