Best Public Health Programs Comparison


Public health is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals." It is concerned with threats to health based on population health analysis. The population in question can be as small as a handful of people, or as large as all the inhabitants of several continents (for instance, in the case of a pandemic). The dimensions of health can encompass "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity", as defined by the United Nations' World Health Organization.(read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of public health where Johns Hopkins University is ranked top and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at public health colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best public health schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Public Health College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 20,871
2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina Public, Four or more years 29,278
3 Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 28,147
4 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan Public, Four or more years 43,426
5 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 26,471
6 Emory University Atlanta, Georgia Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 14,236
6 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, Washington Public, Four or more years 43,485
8 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, California Public, Four or more years 35,893
8 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, Minnesota Public, Four or more years 51,853
10 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, California Public, Four or more years 39,945

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Public Health College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Johns Hopkins University No $ 70 18.4%
(18.5%/18.4%)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill No $ 80 33.0%
(34.9%/31.7%)
Harvard University No $ 75 5.8%
(5.9%/5.7%)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor No $ 65 36.6%
(34.0%/39.4%)
Columbia University in the City of New York No $ 80 6.9%
(7.8%/6.2%)
Emory University No $ 50 26.7%
(26.5%/26.8%)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus No $ 60 58.4%
(55.5%/60.9%)
University of California-Berkeley No $ 70 21.6%
(20.6%/22.5%)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities No $ 55 49.5%
(49.5%/49.5%)
University of California-Los Angeles No $ 70 27.1%
(25.8%/25.2%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Public Health colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

Table. Best Public Health Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Johns Hopkins University $ 43,390$ 0$ 43,390$ 0 $ 43,390$ 0$ 43,390$ 0
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $ 5,823$ 1,870$ 26,575$ 1,870 $ 7,834$ 1,855$ 23,924$ 1,855
Harvard University $ 37,576$ 3,290$ 37,576$ 3,290 $ 37,576$ 930$ 37,576$ 930
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $ 13,625$ 194$ 40,302$ 194 $ 19,240$ 194$ 38,882$ 194
Columbia University in the City of New York $ 45,028$ 2,218$ 45,028$ 2,218 $ 36,688$ 1,692$ 36,688$ 1,692
Emory University $ 42,400$ 580$ 42,400$ 580 $ 35,800$ 3,114$ 35,800$ 3,114
University of Washington-Seattle Campus $ 11,305$ 1,078$ 28,860$ 1,078 $ 13,280$ 1,078$ 25,690$ 1,078
University of California-Berkeley $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 34,098$ 1,654 $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 26,322$ 1,654
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities $ 12,060$ 1,399$ 17,310$ 1,399 $ 14,570$ 1,284$ 22,320$ 1,284
University of California-Los Angeles $ 11,220$ 1,472$ 34,098$ 1,472 $ 11,220$ 1,346$ 26,322$ 1,346

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Public Health school.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Public Health Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Johns Hopkins University 65548%$ 34,469 45934%$ 6,478
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1,88847%$ 12,583 1,26031%$ 5,712
Harvard University 1,02262%$ 41,555 17711%$ 5,118
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 3,06949%$ 13,298 2,32437%$ 6,793
Columbia University in the City of New York 71251%$ 37,934 21916%$ 7,537
Emory University 1,00556%$ 29,534 69639%$ 6,792
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 2,03136%$ 14,178 1,79732%$ 5,527
University of California-Berkeley 2,36053%$ 16,141 1,29429%$ 5,787
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 3,50365%$ 7,171 2,80752%$ 7,084
University of California-Los Angeles 3,40659%$ 16,760 2,25139%$ 6,145

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Public Healthschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Public Health Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Johns Hopkins University 20,8715,866157 7,2677,581
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 29,27817,562941 6,9363,839
Harvard University 28,1477,2333,331 13,1634,420
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 43,42627,046933 13,9201,527
Columbia University in the City of New York 26,4717,236578 14,8613,796
Emory University 14,2367,56789 5,4941,086
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 43,48526,2283,247 10,9493,061
University of California-Berkeley 35,89325,018756 9,381738
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 51,85329,1255,344 9,7967,588
University of California-Los Angeles 39,94527,365576 11,585419

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Public Health schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Public Health Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Johns Hopkins University 92.10%
(1,201 / 1,304)
91.68%
(606 / 661)
92.53%
(595 / 643)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 89.36%
(3,392 / 3,796)
87.70%
(1,333 / 1,520)
90.47%
(2,059 / 2,276)
Harvard University 96.96%
(1,628 / 1,679)
96.00%
(769 / 801)
97.84%
(859 / 878)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 90.68%
(4,857 / 5,356)
89.03%
(2,361 / 2,652)
92.31%
(2,496 / 2,704)
Columbia University in the City of New York 95.05%
(1,286 / 1,353)
94.77%
(670 / 707)
95.36%
(616 / 646)
Emory University 89.26%
(1,471 / 1,648)
89.72%
(637 / 710)
88.91%
(834 / 938)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 80.81%
(4,270 / 5,284)
79.55%
(1,976 / 2,484)
81.93%
(2,294 / 2,800)
University of California-Berkeley 90.68%
(3,777 / 4,165)
89.50%
(1,696 / 1,895)
91.67%
(2,081 / 2,270)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 72.94%
(3,952 / 5,418)
72.88%
(1,784 / 2,448)
73.00%
(2,168 / 2,970)
University of California-Los Angeles 91.51%
(4,400 / 4,808)
89.45%
(1,746 / 1,952)
92.93%
(2,654 / 2,856)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
Johns Hopkins University 9.1%9.1% 11.1%11.1% 10.0%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 7.1%7.1% 7.1%7.1% 7.1%
Harvard University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 8.3%8.3% 8.3%8.3% 8.3%
Columbia University in the City of New York 16.7%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
Emory University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 12.5%
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 5.9%9.1% 8.3%7.7% 6.7%
University of California-Berkeley 5.0%6.3% 6.3%5.9% 5.9%
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 5.3%4.8% 4.8%4.8% 5.6%
University of California-Los Angeles 5.6%5.9% 6.3%6.3% 6.3%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at public health colleges comparison page.

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