2017 Top Master's in Public Health Programs

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This list of the top eight schools offering master's degrees in public health was created based on student reviews. A few prestigious, private institutions like Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, and Columbia University in the City of New York made the list, as well as state schools like University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. The top spot on our list belongs to Emory University, which earned a Student Score of 84.42 with 100% of surveyed students saying they would recommend the school.

Many of the reviewers praised the quality of the professors at Emory University, with one student writing that students, “are taught by public health professionals, many of whom are leading experts in their fields.” Others spoke positively about the university's location in the city of Atlanta, with one student noting that there are “great networking and job opportunities with organizations based in Atlanta such as CARE, CDC, American Cancer Society, The Carter Center, [and] several consulting firms and non-profits.” Check out more reviews for Emory University and the other top school offering master's degrees in public health by clicking on the names of the schools listed below. If you're interested in an online MPH degree, be sure to refer to the list specifically focused on top-ranked graduate schools offering online public health degrees.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Emory University Campus Location Atlanta (GA) 2017 Student Score 84.42
#2 #2 Tulane University Campus Location New Orleans (LA) 2017 Student Score 81.64
#3 #3 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2017 Student Score 79.00
#4 #4 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 78.71
#5 #5 Johns Hopkins University Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2017 Student Score 78.25
#6 #6 Boston University Campus Location Boston (MA) 2017 Student Score 77.46
#7 #7 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 74.70
#8 #8 George Washington University Campus Location Washington (DC) 2017 Student Score 73.31


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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