Top 10 Master’s in Public Health Degree Programs

Public health professorA graduate-level public health curriculum spans many subjects including health policy, health management, epidemiology, environmental health, wellness promotion and is considered a multi-disciplinary degree.

The Master’s in Public Health (MPH) prepares graduates for professional practice in various health care settings – not to be confused with a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program which prepares students for academic/research careers and PhD studies.

To give you a better idea of what public health master’s degree programs are like, using “upper-tier” schools as an example, we’ve profiled the ten highest ranked programs as provided by the 2013 U.S. News Graduate School report.

To learn more about the areas of public health you can go into and the types of degrees in this field, make sure to read our comprehensive Public Health degree guide.

1. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Bloomberg School of Public Health as the #1 school since 1994. Boasting a diverse student body, students in this program will receive only the best and most up to date information to prepare them for a career in the public health sector. This program has a global approach and a diverse faculty, which means students will be learning from some of the foremost leaders in their profession.

The program is flexible, meaning that students can choose to take it full-time or part-time; allowing for students who are working to be able to complete the program and receive the same high quality education.

Johns Hopkins MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

General Public Health

Location

  • Part-time w/ some online classes OR
  • Full-time on-campus

Program Length

  • 11 months (full-time) OR
  • 2-3 years (part-time)

2. UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health always ranks in the top schools for public health.  Students at this school enjoy large, modern classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories. Students who attend can attest to the fact this school is designed with students in mind; their learning and having a safe, comfortable environment are a priority of the school. With a distinguished history and high level of education, Gillings SPH has been graduating students for the past 75 years.

UNC MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Leadership (with focuses in epidemiology, global public health, public health nursing & Public Health Practice
  • Health Care & Prevention
  • Occupational Health Nursing

Location

Online or on-campus (depends on your area of concentration – Health Care and Prevention is on-campus only)

Program Length

  • 12 months (full-time) OR
  • 3 years (part-time)

3. Harvard School of Public Health

Since 1913, the Harvard School of Public Health has been providing premium education and of course, along with the reputation that Harvard has is why it’s at the top of the list. In fact, the first public health training program was developed from the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers and by attending this school you will be fortunate to be part of this historic program.

Spreading across quantitative, social, and biological sciences, the multi-disciplinary curriculum prepares students for a future in public health. With cutting-edge research facilities, students will have access to new studies during their training. You will be learning alongside a diverse group of other dedicated students and a faculty that has one goal in mind, to provide quality education and to see that you succeed.

Harvard MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Clinical Effectiveness
  • Health Care Managements & Policy
  • Global Health
  • Health & Social Behavior
  • Law & Public Health
  • Occupational & Environmental Health
  • Quantitative Methods

Location

On-campus only for both full-time and part-time programs

Program Length

  • 1 year (full-time) OR
  • 2-3 years (part-time)

4. University of Michigan School of Public Health

One of the benefits of applying to the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health is that unlike most schools and universities, you do not need to have a bachelor’s degree, however you will need to have some undergraduate courses completed. This is excellent because students without a degree can still enter and complete the program, which is why the program is a two year, full-time program for most.

Michigan is in the top five for public health schools according to U.S. News & World Reports and their Biostatistics and Health Management & Policy programs are ranked first in the nation. The program thrives on innovation and students will be involved in active research opportunities.

U. of Michigan MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Biostatistics
  • Environments Health Sciences
  • Human Nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology
  • International Health
  • Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior & Health Education
  • Health Management & Policy

Location

On-campus

Program Length

2 years or less depending on prior academic/work experience

5. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

As a student at Mailman, you will become part of the University of Columbia’s long-standing tradition when it comes to research and education. Focusing on public health locally, nationally and on a global scale, this program is a consistent top performer in national rankings.

Located in Manhattan, Mailman partners with the local community for better public health care, all of which students will be a proud part of. The research centers at Mailman are world-renowned and students will be trained to apply their learning to the population on a wide scale.

Columbia MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Biostatistics
  • Environment Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Population & Family Health
  • Sociomedical Sciences

Location

On-Campus

Program Length

  • 1 year (accelerated MPH program) OR
  • 2 years (non-accelerated MPH program)

6. Emory Rollins School of Public Health

The community-oriented learning program at the Rollins School of Public Health is geared towards teaching students to analyze, identify, and help with urgent public health issues. Located in Atlanta, home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as several other nationally recognized scientific foundations and research centers, students are situated for learning new research as it become available. Hands-on work and research is a driving part of this innovative program. In fact, at least half of the faculty actually comes from the CDC so students will receive applied training from the top professionals in the field.

Emory MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Behavioral Sciences & Health Education
  • Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management
  • International Health (Global Health)
  • Prevention Science – Career MPH (online only)
  • Applied Public Health Informatics – Career MPH (online only)
  • Applied Epidemiology – Career MPH (online only)

Location

  • On-campus for regular full-time MPH programs OR
  • Online for the part-time Career MPH programs

Program Length

  • 1 year traditional MPH (full-time) OR
  • 2.25 years Career MPH (part-time)

7. University of Washington School of Public Health

With 30 associated research centers, students at the University of Washington School of Public Health will receive a diverse range of training in different communities. Combining student research, field-based service learning and collaborative research between the university and community partners, students learn how to blend their education and research in order to best serve the public. This program is designed to foster passion towards helping the public, preparing students for making a positive impact.

University of Washington MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Biostatistics
  • Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
  • Environment & Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology – Global Health Track
  • Global Health
  • Global Health: Health Metrics & Evaluation
  • Global Health: Leadership, Policy & Management
  • Global Health: Peace Corps Master’s International Track
  • Health Services: General
  • Health Services: Health Systems & Policy
  • Health Services: Maternal & Child Health
  • Health Services: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Occupational & Environmental Medicine ( Residency/Fellowship)
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Executive Program – Partial Online Program

Location

On-campus except for the Executive MPH Program, which combines online and on-campus learning

Program Length

  • 2-3 years (full-time) depending on concentration
  • 3 years (part-time) for Executive program

8. University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

UC Berkeley has an outstanding tradition of academic excellence and their School of Public Health continues that tradition. This innovative program is based on learning that approaches public health in four main components: protecting human rights and being sensitive to multicultural issues, applying new and emerging research, campus wide resources, and ecological perspective on approaching health.

Students at Berkeley will learn not only in the classroom but will be hands on in the local community, state, and even nationally. Berkeley prides themselves on being forward thinkers in the differences they make in the community. There are 18 libraries on campus with at least eight Nobel laureates as part of the faculty.

UC Berkeley MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology/ Biostatistics
  • Health & Social Behavior
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Infection Diseases & Vaccinology
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Public Health Nutrition

Location

On-Campus

Program Length

11 months – 2 years depending on area of concentration

9. University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Located in the Twin Cities region, the University of Minnesota has no shortage of cultural and educational stimulation for students. Their service-based outreach approach is on a global scale, and students can travel abroad to complete their field experience if they wish too. The University of Minnesota has been providing affordable and quality education since 1874 with the School of Public Health having been established in 1944.

U. of Minnesota MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Executive Program in Public Health Practice
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Public Health Administration & Policy
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Veterinary Public Health

Location

On-campus except for Maternal & Child Health, which is both online and on-campus

Program Length

2 years (full-time) for most programs; longer for part-time students

10. UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

As a student at UCLA’s Fielding School, you will be part of their fifty-year tradition of providing excellence in research, education, and public health services. There are numerous health and research centers affiliated with UCLA so students will have a wide-range of learning and hands-on training opportunities.

UCLA MPH Degree Program

Areas of Concentration

  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management

Location

On-Campus

Program Length

  • 2 years for most programs OR
  • 2-3 years for Executive program can be completed part-time
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