To date, we’ve asked 92 current and past public health students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

The major you choose will have a lasting effect on your career.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a public health degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a public health degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are public health students compared to other degrees?

Overall, public health students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.4 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, public health students rate their happiness similarly to students in Social Sciences, Public Relations and Natural Resource Conservation and Related Studies.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to public health

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies$63,017
Statistics$79,235
Natural Resource Conservation and Related Studies$55,582
Public Relations$62,793
Public Health$50,532
Social Sciences$66,996
Zoology and Related Animal Studies$54,719
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics$61,795
Political Science$81,643
Human Development$44,529

Let's break that down further.

Are public health students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.1 out of 5 stars
109 ratings
5 stars
43%
4 stars
31%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
3%
1 stars
0%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
99 ratings
5 stars
35%
4 stars
35%
3 stars
18%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
1%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in public health experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did public health graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what public health grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.1 out of 5 stars
104 ratings
5 stars
11%
4 stars
27%
3 stars
35%
2 stars
20%
1 stars
8%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were public health students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
92 ratings
5 stars
23%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
27%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
7%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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