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2021 Most Popular Health Professions Doctor's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Health Professions Doctor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 965,851 degrees and certificates were awarded to health professions students, making the major the most popular in the country.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Health Professions Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 687 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular doctor's degree programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Health Professions program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Health Professions Doctor's Degree Colleges.

#1

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Our analysis found Nova Southeastern University to be the most popular school for health professions students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 1,030 students majoring in health professions at NUS Florida, 37% are male and 63% are female.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Rutgers University - New Brunswick is a great place for health professions students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 942 students majoring in health professions at Rutgers New Brunswick, 39% are male and 61% are female.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Erie, LECOM is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 49% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 51% are male.

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#4

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Florida is a great place for health professions students working on their doctor’s degree. UF is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

About 70% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 30% are male.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Western University of Health Sciences. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Pomona, Western University of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 828 students majoring in health professions at Western University of Health Sciences, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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Out of the 687 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 66% of the health professions majors at the school.

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University of Illinois at Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for health professions students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 815 students majoring in health professions at UIC, 40% are male and 60% are female.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

Women make up 64% of the health professions majors at the school.

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A T Still University of Health Sciences landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the remote town of Kirksville, A T Still University of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Women make up 55% of the health professions majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #10, Midwestern University - Glendale did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for health professions students working on their doctor’s degree. Midwestern University - Glendale is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Glendale.

About 50% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 50% are male.

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Boston, MCPHS University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 63% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 37% are male.

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University of Southern California ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Of the 744 students majoring in health professions at USC, 40% are male and 60% are female.

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Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Davenport.

Of the 678 students majoring in health professions at Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport, 62% are male and 38% are female.

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With a ranking of #14, University of Maryland - Baltimore did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for health professions students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the city of Baltimore, UMB is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 65% of the health professions majors at the school.

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#15

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha.

About 65% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 35% are male.

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With a ranking of #16, University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for health professions students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 646 students majoring in health professions at UW Seattle, 38% are male and 62% are female.

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#17

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for health professions students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 50% of the health professions majors at the school.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree health professions programs. UW - Madison is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison.

Women make up 58% of the health professions majors at the school.

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The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Memphis, UTHSC is a public school with a small student population.

About 57% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 43% are male.

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With a ranking of #20, Virginia Commonwealth University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for health professions students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Richmond, VCU is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 607 students majoring in health professions at VCU, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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#21

New York University

New York, NY

New York University ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools list. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

Women make up 53% of the health professions majors at the school.

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#22

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population.

About 52% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 48% are male.

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Midwestern University - Downers Grove ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Midwestern University - Downers Grove is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Downers Grove.

Of the 585 students majoring in health professions at Midwestern University - Downers Grove, 49% are male and 51% are female.

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With a ranking of #24, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for health professions students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 58% of the students majoring in health professions at the school are women while 42% are male.

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree health professions programs. Located in the city of Denver, CU Anschutz is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 58% of the health professions majors at the school.

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#26

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
#28

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY
#30

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#32

Boston University

Boston, MA
#33

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#34

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY
#36

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
#40

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#41

Touro College

New York, NY
#42

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
#43

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#46

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#48

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular Health Professions Doctor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 687 different United States health professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
52 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
53 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
54 Augusta University Augusta, GA
55 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
56 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
57 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science North Chicago, IL
58 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
59 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
60 University of New England Biddeford, ME
61 Life University Marietta, GA
62 University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX
63 University of Mississippi University, MS
64 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
65 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
66 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
67 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
68 University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE
69 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
70 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
71 Rush University Chicago, IL
72 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
73 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
74 Washington State University Pullman, WA
75 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
76 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
77 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
78 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
79 Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center Des Moines, IA
80 Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
81 Arcadia University Glenside, PA
82 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
83 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
84 Mercer University Macon, GA
85 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
85 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
87 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
88 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
89 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
90 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
91 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
91 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
93 Auburn University Auburn, AL
94 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
94 Duke University Durham, NC
96 University of Georgia Athens, GA
96 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
96 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
99 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
99 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
101 Howard University Washington, DC
102 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
103 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Health Professions Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
104 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
105 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
106 Utica College Utica, NY
107 New York Medical College Valhalla, NY
108 Northeastern University Boston, MA
109 St Louis College of Pharmacy Saint Louis, MO
110 University of Houston Houston, TX
110 Parker University Dallas, TX
110 University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences San Juan, PR
113 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
113 Florida International University Miami, FL
115 University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
116 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
116 George Washington University Washington, DC
116 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Kansas City, MO
119 Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI
120 Emory University Atlanta, GA
120 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
120 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
123 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
124 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
125 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
126 SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Brooklyn, NY
126 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
128 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
128 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
130 Northeast Ohio Medical University Rootstown, OH
130 LIU Post Brookville, NY
132 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany, NY
133 Samford University Birmingham, AL
134 West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Lewisburg, WV
135 Salus University Elkins Park, PA
136 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
137 Touro University Nevada Henderson, NV

Health Professions by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Health Professions Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11,961
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,685
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,624
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 597
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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