Top Schools for Public Health and Safety

Read about the top schools for public health and safety, which may be a good fit for students interested in epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration or nutrition. Learn about the degree options at four high-profile universities, and find a table that lists other schools with programs in public health and safety.

Public health and safety programs are most commonly offered at the graduate level. Students can earn a master's or doctoral degree in relevant subjects.

School Overview

The top schools for public health and safety include John Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Minnesota and Harvard University, an Ivy League institution. All three universities have previously received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their public health schools and the overall education they provide.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: Offers 12 interdisciplinary master's and doctoral programs.

Johns Hopkins University serves includes the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which ranked as the best public health school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Specialized graduate programs can lead to a Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (M.S.). Students can also earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH) and Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) The Bloomberg School also offers certificates and 12 different interdisciplinary master's and doctoral programs.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

School Highlight: UNC operates the Gillings Global Gateway.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill ranked as the fifth-best public university in the nation for 2017; the Gillings School of Global Public Health also tied for second-best in the country for 2015.

The school has eight departments offering undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Health Behavior and Education, Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Programs can also be found at the Departments of Health Policy and Management, Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, as well as the Public Health Leadership Program. Coursework and international programs take place under the auspices of the Gillings Global Gateway.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Harvard founded the first graduate program in public health in the U.S.

Harvard University is an Ivy League school that ranked number two among national universities, as designated by U.S. News and World Report in 2017. Additionally, Harvard's School of Public Health tied for second among USN&WR's list of top public health schools in the nation for 2015. Departments at the School of Public Health offer programs leading to a Master of Health Care Management and Ph.D. in Public Health, as well as a Master of Occupational Health (MOH) for professionals with a Dr.PH. or a doctoral degree in medicine. The school also offers summer programs in public health studies and clinical research.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Minneapolis

School Highlight: The university is home to the Rothenberger Institute

As of 2017, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities was ranked #26 among all public schools by U.S. News & World Report, and its school of public health was ranked #8 in 2015. The School of Public Health offers over 20 academic programs, which can lead to Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science or Ph.D. degrees. There are also certificate programs offered. For students who want to continue to work full time while continuing their educations or who have other scheduling constraints, executive and online programs are available.

Top Public Health Programs

Here is some more information about highly ranked universities that offer public health programs:

  • The University of Washington in Seattle, WA, has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
  • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor offers a unique MPH in Dental Public Health.
  • The University of California in Los Angeles was one of the first schools to offer a doctoral degree in environmental science and engineering (D.Env.) in the U.S.
  • The University of California at Berkeley offers a certificate program in multicultural health.
  • Columbia University in New York, NY, is home to the International Longevity Center at the School of Public Health.
  • Emory University in Atlanta, GA, offers a MPH as part of the Peace Corps' Master's International Program.

Students can find the best public health and safety programs in the country at nationally ranked universities with well-respected schools of public health.

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