The Top 10 Public Health Schools in the US

8. University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston, TX)

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Located inside the Texas Medical Center, acknowledged as the largest medical center in the entire world, the UT School of Public Health began 50 years ago in the fall of 1969 with its first admitted class of students.

The success of the program became so phenomenal, regional campuses were built throughout the entire state of Texas. They include campuses in San Antonio, El Paso, Dallas, and Austin.

One of the most attractive elements of the UT program is actually the value of the education. Residents of Texas pay a tuition nearly 8x less than the top Ivy League Public Health schools in the US, making it one of the most attractive destinations for the aspiring young professional.

Additionally, according to the Healthcare Management Degree Guide, the student-faculty ratio is an amazing 5:1. Such a small ratio provides a significant 1-on-1 learning environment for students in the program.

7. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (New York, NY)

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Perennially ranked among the top 10 public colleges in the country, Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health is graduate institution comprised of mostly Master’s and Doctoral degree students.

Columbia’s Mailman School is noted for helping students achieve financial success relatively soon upon graduation. The average salary for a student finding work within six months of graduation is a comfortable $77,000. The jobs students obtain after graduation here include work in consulting, hospitals, pharmacy, software, university, and more.

One of the research themes at Columbia is life and longevity. In 1990, physician Robert Butler, at the time a Professor of Geriatrics, created the International Longevity Center to better understand and further research in life extension as well as productivity in older age.

Perhaps the most famous alum of the school is Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Bill Clinton. Other alumni include talk-show host Brian Lehrer, famous biostatistician Joseph Fleiss, and epidemiologist Thomas Frieden, the CEO of Resolve to Save Lives whose mission is to eradicate epidemics as well as cardiovascular disease.

6.  Colorado School of Public Health (Various Cities)

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A joint-initiative among the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Public Health enrolls 600 students and has over 200 full-time faculty members in its several campuses. It is the only collaborative school of public health in its region.

The post-graduate statistics of alumni are nothing short of impressive. In the Spring of 2018, 100% of the graduated PhD students found employment. 91% of MPH (Master’s of Public Health) students found work upon graduation, and another 6% continued their education and studies.

The core of this school’s focus lies in its 10 impressive research centers. The school has dedicated research centers for Global Health, Public Health Practice, Food Safety, and more.

One of the facilities representing the program is the Anschutz Medical Center, located at the University of Colorado, Denver. It is the only public university medical center in the entire state of Colorado.

HONORABLE MENTION: Drexel University Institute of Public Health (Philadelphia, PA)

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Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health was the winner of the 2017 Harrison Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Drexel’s Dornsife school, located in the heart of Philadelphia, is focused on improving the health of populations through creating healthier cities, reducing health disparities, and promoting health in all policies.

The school’s faculty is loaded with accomplished researchers such as Dr. Ana V. Diez Roux, the school’s dean and distinguished university professor of epidemiology; Dr. Joseph Amon, clinical professor and director of the Office of Global Health Community Health and Prevention; and Dr. Marla Gold, professor and dean emerita focused on health management and policy.

Drexel University’s Institute of Public Health brings its learning and research from the classroom into the real world, with researchers and students receiving grants to study topics such as improving firefighter safety to researching California’s decision to legalize marijuana and its effects on young adults.


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