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Colleges with a Bachelors in Public Health Degree

Although many careers in public health require an advanced degree, some schools also offer bachelor's degrees in public health. Prospective students evaluating public health colleges have many criteria to consider, including career and education goals, available degree programs and concentration areas.

Public health is a broad field which encompasses many professions. Students may choose a specialization in their major relevant to their desired field.

Top Universities for Public Health School

These schools offer bachelor's degrees in public health with a variety of specializations and course options.

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition 2015-2016*
Boston University Boston, MA private, not-for-profit, 4-year $48,436
Emory University Atlanta, GA private, not-for-profit, 4-year $46,314
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD private, not-for-profit, 4-year $48,710
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley,CA public, 4 year $13,431 in-state, $38,139 out-of-state
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI public, 4 year $13,856 in-state, $43,476 out-of-state
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC public, 4 year $8,591 in-state, $33,673 out-of-state

'Sources: National Center for Educational Statistics'

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when selecting a public health school:

  • Some schools also offer joint bachelor's-master's degree programs in public health, which allows for a shorter period of study.
  • Students who complete a bachelor's program may wish to enter a master's degree program that has a stronger focus on practical skills.
  • Students may wish to choose a program with a specialization related to their field of interest.
  • Additional certification and licensure may be required for some fields, so students should choose programs that will prepare them for their chosen career.

Program Overview

Undergraduate degree programs in public health can include Bachelor of Science in Public Health degrees and public health concentrations within Bachelor of Health Science programs. Specializations in these programs may include global health, health policy and management and behavioral and social science. Most of these programs are geared towards preparing individuals for graduate study. An internship or work experience may be required, and some programs have research components.

Many schools offer public health bachelor's degree programs. Students should choose a program with a specialization in their field of interest, and may consider a combined bachelor's-master's degree program for a shorter length of time to obtain their degree.

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