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How will your public health education stack up?

If you want to study public health at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 428 traditional public health schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had public health programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in public health were earned by 16,741 students in the US. Of these students, 662 received certifications in public health, 6,384 received an undergraduate degree in public health, and 9,695 received a graduate-level degree in public health.


Students can pursue education in public health at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Public Health
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Health
  • Master's Degree in Public Health
  • Doctoral Degree in Public Health
  • Certificate in Public Health

Public health students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their public health degree:

  • Teamwork
  • Psychological, Behavioral and Social Issues
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Epidemiology
  • US Health Care System


Students at public health schools around the nation paid an average of $23,240 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following public health schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The lowest tuition was charged by the following public health schools:

  1. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491
  2. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233
  3. University of Utah - located in Salt Lake City, Utah, students paid $5,746

How will your public health job compare?

Some of the most popular jobs public health graduates in the US pursue include clinical social worker or health and social service manager. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 484,220 public health professionals were working in the US. 58,150 of these public health professionals were public health educators, 143,080 were clinical social workers and 282,990 were health and social service managers. The largest populations of public health professionals are in the following states:

  1. California - 46,710 Public Health Professionals
  2. New York - 43,310 Public Health Professionals
  3. Texas - 29,270 Public Health Professionals

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of public health professionals is expected to grow by 12% by 2018. There are projected to be 580,310 public health professionals working in the US then. Of these 580,310 public health professionals, the government predicts that 880 will become public health educators, 420 will become clinical social workers, and 2,210 will become health and social service managers. The projected growth for public health professionals is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 31%
  2. Idaho - 25%
  3. Texas - 24%


On average, public health professionals earn a salary of $59,974 per year in the US. However, the salary for public health professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact public health profession you pursue but also on factors such as experience, your employer, and education. Salaries for public health professionals range from less than $15,600 per year to more than $166,260 per year. On average, public health professionals earn the most in the following states:

  1. Washington DC - $84,760 per year
  2. Maryland - $78,313 per year
  3. Rhode Island - $77,513 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for public health professionals:

  1. Alabama - $43,740 per year
  2. New Hampshire - $48,743 per year
  3. Mississippi - $50,983 per year

On average the highest paid public health professionals were:

  1. Health And Social Service Manager - $93,670 per year
  2. Public Health Educator - $50,270 per year
  3. Clinical Social Worker - $49,200 per year

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public health?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Medical and Health Services Managers 282,990 $93,670 23.0%
Healthcare Social Workers 143,080 $49,200 27.5%
Health Educators 58,150 $50,270 11.9%