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Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health

16,962 Yearly Graduations
$31,100 Median Salary
$25,000 Median Debt
There are 405 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in public health. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 49% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.5% of public health graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Health Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16,962 students earned their bachelor's degree in public health. This makes it the 30th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public health at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 16,962
Master’s Degree 15,589
Graduate Certificate 1,648
Doctor’s Degree 975
Basic Certificate 669
Associate’s Degree 666
Undergraduate Certificate 60

Earnings of Public Health Majors With Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public health is $31,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $29,100 and the high is $34,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public health is $25,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,086 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $19,998.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $259.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in public health. About 79.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,447
Women 13,515
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in Public Health

The racial-ethnic distribution of public health bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,038
Black or African American 2,646
Hispanic or Latino 2,711
White 7,827
International Students 428
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,312
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Health Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 405 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in public health. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
486 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Irvine tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 35,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The public health program at University of California - Irvine awarded 486 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 83% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
374 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 49,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 374 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 69% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

#3

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
372 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 40,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

The public health program at University of Maryland - College Park awarded 372 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 76% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

339 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brigham Young University - Idaho comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 339 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from BYU - I. Of these students, 72% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
332 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Carolina University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 29,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,749 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 332 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at ECU. About 79% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

322 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 41,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The public health program at California State University - Northridge awarded 322 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 78% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#7

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
317 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of South Carolina - Columbia. Roughly 34,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,288 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,737 per year.

The public health program at University of South Carolina - Columbia awarded 317 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 86% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
278 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 30,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,791 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,014 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 278 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at UMass Amherst. Of these students, 83% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

273 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Each year, around 46,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 273 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at UW Seattle. About 83% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
268 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 52,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 268 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from U of F. Of these students, 90% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
267 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 43,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

The public health program at University of Arizona awarded 267 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

260 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of South Florida - Main Campus. Roughly 43,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 260 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at USF Tampa. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#13

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
249 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Northern Arizona University. Roughly 31,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 249 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from NAU. Of these students, 72% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

238 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 51,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 238 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at UT Austin. Of these students, 76% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
235 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Portland State University. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

The public health program at Portland State University awarded 235 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 77% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
235 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - San Diego comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 35,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The public health program at University of California - San Diego awarded 235 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
227 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Los Angeles is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 28,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 227 people received their bachelor's degree in public health from California State University - Los Angeles. Of these students, 85% were women and 87% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
219 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 6,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,624 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 219 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at Monroe College. About 90% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
218 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jose State University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in public health. Each year, around 35,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The public health program at San Jose State University awarded 218 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 81% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

204 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in public health. Roughly 48,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 204 bachelor's degree were handed out to public health majors at UIUC. Of these students, 78% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public health that offer bachelor’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing 154,540
Health/Medical Admin Services 17,317
Health Sciences & Services 16,503
Communication Sciences 11,326
Allied Health Professions 11,092

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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