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Master’s Degree in Public Health

15,589 Yearly Graduations
$48,300 Median Salary
$44,894 Median Debt
A master's degree in public health is offered at 360 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 42% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 8.6% of public health graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Health Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15,589 students earned their master's degree in public health. This earns it the #12 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in public health is $48,300. 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 $42,200 and the high is $54,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in public health is $44,894. 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, $57,886 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,435.

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The median monthly payment of a public health graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $523.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in public health. About 75.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,847
Women 11,742
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Public Health

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,908
Black or African American 2,378
Hispanic or Latino 1,659
White 6,652
International Students 1,342
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,650
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Health Master's Degree Students

There are 360 colleges that offer a master’s degree in public health. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
502 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public health students seekinga master's degree is Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 25,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 502 master's degree were handed out to public health majors at Johns Hopkins. Of these students, 70% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
471 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is George Washington University. Roughly 27,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 471 master's degree were handed out to public health majors at GWU. About 79% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
401 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is Harvard University. Each year, around 31,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The public health program at Harvard University awarded 401 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 59% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
389 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emory University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public health. Roughly 14,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,800 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 389 people received their master's degree in public health from Emory. Of these students, 83% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
302 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public health. Roughly 33,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 302 master's degree were handed out to public health majors at Boston U. Of these students, 84% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
287 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is Yale University. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 287 master's degree were handed out to public health majors at Yale. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
277 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public health. Each year, around 75,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 277 people received their master's degree in public health from Liberty University. About 84% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

273 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Each year, around 30,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 273 people received their master's degree in public health from Columbia. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

#9

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
258 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Berkeley. Roughly 41,800 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 258 people received their master's degree in public health from UC Berkeley. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#10

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
251 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public health. Each year, around 45,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

The public health program at University of Southern California awarded 251 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 73% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois
250 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is Benedictine University. Each year, around 5,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,084 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,273 per year.

The public health program at Benedictine University awarded 250 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

234 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in public health. Each year, around 24,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,786 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 234 people received their master's degree in public health from CU Anschutz. About 87% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine
225 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of New England. Each year, around 8,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,390 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,498 per year.

The public health program at University of New England awarded 225 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

221 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Florida - Main Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in public health. 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, 221 master's degree were handed out to public health majors at USF Tampa. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#15

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
213 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Illinois at Chicago. Roughly 30,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 213 people received their master's degree in public health from UIC. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#16

New York University

New York, New York
212 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in public health. Each year, around 51,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 212 master's degree were handed out to public health majors at NYU. Of these students, 77% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
212 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for public health majors who are seeking their master's degree is Walden University. Each year, around 49,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 212 people received their master's degree in public health from Walden University. About 76% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
203 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public health. Each year, around 90,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

The public health program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 203 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 82% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
187 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 187 master's degree were handed out to public health majors at Arizona. Of these students, 79% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
181 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in public health. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 181 people received their master's degree in public health from UMN Twin Cities. Of these students, 77% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing 51,213
Health/Medical Admin Services 13,435
Mental & Social Health Services 13,051
Allied Health Professions 10,882
Rehabilitation Professions 9,279

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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