The Top 10 Public Health Schools in the US

HONORABLE MENTION: Boston University School of Public Health (Boston, MA)

Talbot Building at BU, which houses the School of Public Health – photo by Cmcnicoll via Wikimedia Commons

One of the most impressive public health schools on our list is the Boston University School of Public Health. The school prides itself on conducting research across a range of disciplines that focuses on “developing solutions to complex health challenges.”

They do this through their faculty’s work and its students’ studies both locally and across the globe.

Boston University also has a school-wide center called the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights.

Its internationally-renowned faculty in this program address real-world problems as they are members of state, national and international committees and task forces.

This brings the classroom research into a whole other level to address current, real-world issues and challenges.

The Boston University College of Public Health is ranked #10 by U.S. News & World Report in its list of best graduate schools, has 333 faculty compared to 225 students, and has 8,939 alumni living in 117 different countries.

The impressive credentials and people of this school, combined with its location in one of the most important global cities, make this program a must-apply for anyone interested in pursuing Public Health.

2. UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health (Chapel Hill, NC)

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UNC – Chapel Hill’s Gillings School is consistently noted as one of the great Public Health Colleges in our country.

One of the main features of UNC – Chapel Hill’s public health program is it integrates public health on both a hyperlocal and international level.

The Gillings School works hand-in-hand with all 100 counties in North Carolina as well as more than 60 countries. The school uses all these partnerships to make a difference throughout the world, from both inside and outside the classroom.

The Gillings School for Global Public Health just recently named Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen as its associate dean for research.

Gordon-Larsen, who has been on the school’s staff since 2000, is an internationally recognized obesity researcher who also served on 11 National Institutes of Health grants that totaled almost $30 million.

1. University of Washington School of Public Health (Seattle, WA)

University of Washington – photo by Loren Javier via Flickr Creative Commons

The only public health program in the entire Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington School of Public Health is ranked as the top public health college in the country on our list. Consistently ranked in among the best programs in the country, U Washington additionally made it to #6 on the US News list.

Recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bestowed upon the school a significant donation. This donation allows the School of Public Health and the related Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to work together in the same facility, creating greater collaboration opportunity between both programs.

Outside of this new facility, there are many other research centers at the school uniquely crafted to tackle health challenges of the 21st century. They include facilities in AIDS research, Clean Air, Agricultural Safety, and more.

The school is also among the best in the country for sending students into employment opportunities. According to a survey recently conducted by the school, 95% of students find gainful employment within one year of graduation.

Inside the School of Public Health are a number of departments. One such department is the Biostatistics program, which was recently ranked #1 by US News. College Choice, an online publication, recently ranked U Washington in the top 10 for Public Health Schools.

Based in Seattle, students at the school gain the dual benefit of enrolling into not only one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country, but also one of the most exciting cities worldwide.

Featured Image by Loren Javier via Flickr Creative Commons

The following sources were used to create a meta-analysis ranking.


US News

College Choice

Health Care Management Degree Guide

Master’s Public Health

College Magazine

These rankings were sourced on July 30th to create the list on this website.


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