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2021 Most Popular Public Health Schools

691 Colleges
$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 Most Popular Public Health Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 691 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Public Health program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for public health majors pursuing a .

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Our analysis found Johns Hopkins University to be the most popular school for public health students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

On average, public health graduates from Johns Hopkins take out $45,187 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $521, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 691 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, George Washington University landed the # 2 spot on the list. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

While working on their degree, public health majors at GWU accumulate an average of around $45,834 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 $520.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rutgers University - New Brunswick. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Public Health Schools list. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick.

On average, public health graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick take out $32,782 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 $366.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Out of the 691 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, public health majors at Harvard accumulate an average of around $38,853 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 $452.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of California - Irvine is a great place for public health students. Located in the city of Irvine, UC Irvine is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, public health majors at UC Irvine accumulate an average of around $30,664 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $346, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular public health programs. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly 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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University of Maryland - College Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for public health students. It came in at #7 on the list. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

Public Health majors at UMCP take out an average of $28,476 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 $320.

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#8

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Public Health Schools list. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tucson.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at University of Arizona take out is $28,150. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $315.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Public Health Schools ranking. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle.

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University of California - Berkeley ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Public Health Schools list. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from UC Berkeley carry an average student debt load of $30,170. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $346, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for public health students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, public health majors at UMass Amherst accumulate an average of around $28,134 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $312, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Northridge landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular public health programs. CSUN is a very large public school located in the city of Northridge.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from CSUN carry an average student debt load of $24,130. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $272, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Public Health Schools list. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, public health majors at Emory accumulate an average of around $66,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $769.

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#13

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for public health students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from Walden University carry an average student debt load of $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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#15

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Public Health Schools list. ECU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Greenville.

On average, public health graduates from ECU take out $28,780 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $319.

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With a ranking of #16, University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for public health students. UofSC is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Public Health Schools list. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#18

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

With a ranking of #18, University of Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for public health students. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public college with a very large student population.

Public Health majors at UF take out an average of $26,582 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $300, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Public Health Schools list. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

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With a ranking of #20, Benedictine University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for public health students. Benedictine U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lisle.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from Benedictine U carry an average student debt load of $53,724. 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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With a ranking of #21, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for public health students. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from USC carry an average student debt load of $51,932. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $592, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Public Health Schools list. Located in the distant town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from BYU - I carry an average student debt load of $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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With a ranking of #23, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for public health students. CU Anschutz is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Denver.

While working on their degree, public health majors at CU Anschutz accumulate an average of around $36,418 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $412.

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Southern New Hampshire University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for public health students. It came in at #24 on the list. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

After completing their degree, public health graduates from SNHU carry an average student debt load 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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#25

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular public health programs. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that public health majors at Boston U take out is $59,917. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $698.

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#26

New York University

New York, NY
#27

Yale University

New Haven, CT
#28

Monroe College

Bronx, NY
#29

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#34

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#35

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#35

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
#37

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#42

University of New England

Biddeford, ME
#43

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#45

National University

La Jolla, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Public Health Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 691 different United States public health schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
52 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
52 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
54 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
54 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
56 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
57 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
57 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
59 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
60 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
60 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
62 Brown University Providence, RI
62 A T Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville, MO
64 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX
65 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
66 University at Albany Albany, NY
66 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
68 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
69 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
70 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
71 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
72 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
73 Tufts University Medford, MA
74 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
75 University of Delaware Newark, DE
76 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
77 University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences San Juan, PR
77 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
79 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
80 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
81 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
82 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
83 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
84 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
84 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
84 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
87 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
87 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
87 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
90 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
91 Independence University Salt Lake City, UT
92 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
93 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
93 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
95 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
96 Mercer University Macon, GA
97 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
97 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT
99 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
99 American University Washington, DC
101 University of California - Merced Merced, CA
102 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
103 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
104 Weber State University Ogden, UT
104 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
104 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
107 University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX
107 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
109 Florida International University Miami, FL
110 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
111 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
112 Duke University Durham, NC
113 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
113 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
115 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
116 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
116 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
118 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Erie, PA
119 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
119 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
119 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
122 University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE
122 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
122 Lehman College Bronx, NY
125 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
125 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
125 Florida National University - Main Campus Hialeah, FL
125 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
129 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
129 Chapman University Orange, CA
131 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
131 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
133 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
133 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY
133 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
136 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
137 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
138 Appalachian State University Boone, NC

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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