The Top 10 Public Health Schools in the US

5. University of Michigan School of Public Health (Ann Arbor, MI)

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The University of Michigan Henry F. Vaugan School of Public Health says it’s dedicated to helping students serve people they may never meet.

That focus on the greater good of society and people can be seen throughout the program.

The University of Michigan school does this by blending hard science and social science, so that the impact it has can be felt worldwide.

The college has partners worldwide, which allows its students to get hands-on, real-world experience in places such as Ethiopia to work on environmental health and in Kenya, where it has had a long-standing relationship.

The University of Michigan School of Public Health has a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, is rated, according to US News, the #1 public university in the U.S., is rated the #4 U.S. school of public health, has a graduate career placement of rate 94%, and offers more than 30 student organizations.


4. Harvard School of Public Health (Cambridge, MA) 

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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has been an independent, degree-granting body of the prestigious university since 1946.

One of its biggest strengths is that it has dedicated experts from various disciplines in the world of public health who help educate and prepare the next group of leaders in the field.

This particular Harvard school has a distinguished list of alumni and faculty, include Gro Harlem Brundtland, who served as prime minister of Norway; and Thomas Davis, who twice served as prime minister of the Cook Islands.

The T.H. Chan School is also home to five graduates who have served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and two scientists affiliated with the school have been awarded the Nobel Prize – Thomas Weller in 1954 and Amartya Sen in 1998.

At its core, the Harvard School of Public Health believes that, “health is a fundamental right of every human being,” and that value can be seen through the entire program.


3. Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD)

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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was founded in 1916 by two famous Americans – William H. Welch and John D. Rockefeller. Since that time, it has fostered positive change in health across the globe through its almost 24,000 alumni.

It current has 2,347 students who come from 79 nations across the globe.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has an impressive resume. It was the first institution of its kind worldwide; it’s the largest school of public health in the world; it receives almost one-quarter of all grants and contracts awarded to the 58 accredited U.S. schools of public health.

This program has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report since 1994.

That’s pretty impressive credentials.

Students can go to Johns Hopkins and major in fields such as epidemiology, international health, mental health, health policy and management, and biostatistics, among its 26 graduate degree programs, seven master’s programs and three doctoral programs.

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