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2021 Most Popular Online Public Health Schools

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

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Healthcare Degree Search has created the Most Popular Online Public Health Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 128 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online public health programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Our 2021 rankings named Johns Hopkins University the most popular online school in the United States for public health students. 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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Health Schools list. Located in the town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of South Florida - Main Campus. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Public Health Schools list. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at USF Tampa take out is $30,684. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $344.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Rutgers University - New Brunswick is a great place for public health students pursuing an online degree. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick carry an average student debtload of $32,782. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $366.

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#5

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Arizona. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Public Health Schools list. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tucson.

Public Health majors at University of Arizona take out an average of $28,150 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $315.

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Northern Arizona University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Health Schools list. NAU is a very large public school located in the city of Flagstaff.

On average, public health graduates from NAU take out $20,903 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $217.

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#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from UF carry an average student debtload of $26,582. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $300, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Monroe College

Bronx, NY

Monroe College ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Health Schools list. Located in the large city of Bronx, Monroe College is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at Monroe College take out is $25,800. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $268.

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#9

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best public health programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Lauderdale, Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale carry an average student debtload of $39,541. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $410, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Public Health Schools ranking. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at Walden University take out is $69,352. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $791.

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Kent State University at Kent landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best public health programs. Kent State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Kent.

On average, public health graduates from Kent State take out $31,078 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $345, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #12, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s best schools for public health students. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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Benedictine University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for public health students. It came in at #13 on the list. Benedictine U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lisle.

While working on their degree, public health majors at Benedictine U accumulate an average of around $53,724 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $626.

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#14

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

St Petersburg College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for public health students. It came in at #14 on the list. SPC is a very large public school located in the city of Clearwater.

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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Texas A&M University - College Station ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Health Schools list. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station.

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With a ranking of #16, A T Still University of Health Sciences did quite well on this year’s best schools for public health students. A T Still University of Health Sciences is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Kirksville.

Public Health majors at A T Still University of Health Sciences take out an average of $58,598 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $683.

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#16

Independence University

Salt Lake City, UT

Independence University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Public Health Schools ranking. Branch of Stevens-Henager College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

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Southern New Hampshire University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Online Public Health Schools list. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from SNHU carry an average student debtload of $19,918. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $207.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for public health students. CU Anschutz is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Denver.

On average, public health graduates from CU Anschutz take out $36,418 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $412.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online Public Health Schools award.

Rank College Location
20 National University La Jolla, CA
21 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
22 Florida National University - Main Campus Hialeah, FL
23 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
24 Bryant & Stratton College - Online Orchard Park, NY
25 Weber State University Ogden, UT

View the Most Popular Online Public Health Schools for a specific region near you.

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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