The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for a public health degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,032 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

19% above average compared to other degrees

$ 25,829 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

29% above average compared to other degrees

$ 32,572 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

1% above average compared to other degrees

What do public health graduates earn?

Public health students make an average of $49,937 per year after graduation. This is 25% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

25% of public health graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 49,937 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 9% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

21% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular public health schools in the US

There are 384 schools in the US that offer a public health degree. The public health schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in public health per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436

Top US schools for a public health degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering public health degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Dartmouth College10%$53,368
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Tufts University15%$54,318

Cheapest US schools for a public health degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a public health degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana$2,088
Palau Community College$3,250
Snow College$3,692
Navarro College$3,870
McLennan Community College$3,990
Lake Washington Institute of Technology$4,137
Wytheville Community College$4,613
College of Micronesia-FSM$4,750
Dixie State University$5,080
Mercer County Community College$5,088


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