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2015 Ranking of Best Value Bachelor of Public Health Programs
By Rachel Clodfelter

When it comes to choosing the best value public health program for your undergraduate education, it’s not all about the money. While cost may pay a significant role in deciding among programs, higher tuition does not necessarily translate into a better program, and vice versa. To aid you in your search, we have profiled* and ranked accredited bachelor’s degrees in public health according to net price (based on in-state residency), student to faculty ratio, diversity, national rank, and graduation rate.

Already have a bachelor’s degree? You may be interested in our ranking of the best online Master of Public Health programs.

#19. East Tennessee State University – Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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“ETSU” by markwpeacock – http://appalachiantreks.blogspot.com/2007/03/etsu-mini-dome.html. Licensed under FAL via Wikimedia Commons

At ETSU, the undergraduate degree offers concentrations in Community Health and Health Administration. Admission into this program is competitive and requires a separate process from general admission to ETSU. The BSPH is capped off with a field experience, where students apply knowledge and skills to a real world situation. In 2013-2014 school year, 65 undergraduate degrees were awarded. In terms of financial aid, 77% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 55% receive federal student loans.

#18. Temple University – Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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“PhiladelphiaSkylineViewedFromTempleUniversity’sMorganHall” by Summersleek – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Temple is a Research University that enrolls 79% of students from in-state. The main campus is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but there are 8 other campus locations including Rome and Tokyo. In addition to the required 124 credit hours, students complete over 600 hours of internships. The admissions rate is 64%, and for those “whose potential for academic success is not accurately captured by standardized test scores”, there is the Temple Option: giving students an “opportunity to present their strengths in a different way”. 70% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 66% receive federal student loans.

#17. Drexel University – Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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“South Drexel Campus” by Sebastian Weigand – Sebastian Weigand. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Drexel is a Research University also located in Philadelphia. Last year, 81% of applicants were admitted and 8% of those admitted enrolled, resulting in a class of just over 16,000 undergraduates for all majors and programs. Data on the most recent undergraduate class has the composition at 38% in-state residents, 48% out-of-state, and the remaining international. Of all undergraduate students, 79% receive grant or scholarship aid and 56% receive federal student loans.

#16. Saint Louis University – Bachelor of Science

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“Slu northeast quarter” by Wilson Delgado – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

SLU is a Catholic, Jesuit Research University located in St. Louis’ art district with an additional campus in Madrid. The BS in Public Health curriculum values social justice and service learning, and includes participation in immersion trips and students are also encouraged to participate in internships. In addition to the bachelor’s degree, SLU offers an accelerated 5-year BS/MPH. A lower percentage of undergraduate students receive financial aid than some of the other schools on this list, with 55%  receiving grant or scholarship aid and 35% receive federal student loans.

#15. University of South Carolina – Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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The UofSC Arnold School of Public Health boasts one of the first programs to offer undergraduate degrees in public health. This Research University accepts 61% of applicants, and 54% of those that matriculate are in-state residents. In the academic year of 2013-2014, the school conferred 168 undergraduate degrees in public health. With regards to financial aid, 71% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 49% receive federal student loans.

#14. University of Arizona – Bachelor of Science

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Of all undergraduate applicants to the University of Arizona, 77% are admitted. Of those admitted, 37% enroll. And of those enrolled, 60% are Arizona residents. The BS with a major in Public Health offers concentrations in Environmental & Occupational Health, Health Behavior and Health Delivery. Students must complete prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.500 or higher in order to be accepted into the major. Students may also apply to an accelerated 5-year BS/MPH program after completing 75 credits and maintaining a minimum 3.3 GPA. In terms of financial aid, 69% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 40% receive federal student loans.

#13. University of South Florida – Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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USF offers a generalist BSPH, but students may choose to specialize by choosing a double major or adding a minor and there are options for pursuing an accelerated BS/MPH degree. They are currently piloting an new, “transformed” core curriculum. Forty-five percent of applicants are admitted and 30% of those enroll (85% of which are Florida residents). In the 2013-2013 academic year, 351 students were awarded the BSPH. For enrolled students, 73% receive grant or scholarship aid and 48% receive federal student loans.

#12. Tulane University – Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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“Gibson Quad” by Aaron charles – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Tulane’s programs have been shaped by the university’s experience with Hurricane Katrina, providing faculty, staff and students with unprecedented research, learning and community-service opportunities.

Most undergraduate students who enroll at Tulane are from out-of-state (86%). Of all undergraduates, 70% receive grant or scholarship aid and 37% receive federal student loans.

#11. University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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“Ucity” by Bz3rk – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

In 2012, UNC-Charlotte was one of 15 schools selected as a model of successful undergraduate public health program. It is an urban Doctoral/Research University that offers a generalist BSPH degree. Advanced students wishing to pursue a masters may be accepted into the MSPH early-entry program and begin graduate work their senior year. The majority of enrolled students are residents of North Carolina (89%), and in terms of financial aid, 58% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 59% receive federal student loans.

#10. University at Albany-SUNY – Bachelor of Science

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UAlbany is located in New York’s capital city, and the majority (88%) of students enrolled are New York residents. Students wishing to earn an undergraduate degree public health pursue a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and apply to the Public Health concentration during the sophomore or junior year. Students may also choose an emphasis in Policy and Management, Social Behavior and Community Health, Epidemiology, or Biomedical and Environmental Health Sciences, ultimately earning a “Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a faculty-initiated concentration in Public Health”. Financial aid is given to 58% of all undergraduate students in the form of grant or scholarship aid and 61% as federal student loans.

#9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst – Bachelor of Science

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“UMass Amherst 5” by Lion Hirth (User:Prissantenbär) – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Students at UMass should apply to the Public Health Major by the end of their sophomore year to avoid delays in graduation. Within the major, students choose between the science and social science tracks, and then designate a Collateral Field (i.e., a focus area). About three-quarters of students come from in-state, and in terms of financial aid, 66% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 60% receive federal student loans.

#8. University of Illinois at Chicago – Bachelor of Arts

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“UIC East campus in autumn colors” by Hied5 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

UIC is a Research University located in a major urban city and enrolls 97% of its undergraduates from in-state. Admission into the BA degree in Public health at UIC is selective and requires 60 hours of prerequisite general coursework. Students choose between Professional or Academic tracks, as well as designating an Area of Focus in one of many areas such as African American Studies, Communication, Gender and Women’s Studies, Urban Planning and Policy, etc. Financial aid is given to 62% of all undergraduate students in the form of grant or scholarship aid and 48% as federal student loans.

#7. George Washington University – Bachelor of Science

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George Washington University is a Research University located 4 blocks from the White House in our nation’s capital and offers opportunities to intern with major government agencies and non-profit organizations located nearby. GW offers a Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Public Health or Exercise Science. Students apply during the spring semester of sophomore year and matriculate in the fall of junior year after completing the prerequisite 60 credits. The large majority of enrollees come from outside of the DC area (97%). In terms of financial aid, 62% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 40% receive federal student loans.

#6. Texas A & M University-College Station – Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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The School of Public Health (formerly School of Rural Public Health) is located in a medium-sized college town and places an emphasis on addressing the needs of rural and underserved populations. The great majority of students enrolled are residents of Texas (96%).

Financial aid is given 56% of all undergraduate students in the form of grant or scholarship aid and 35% as federal student loans.

#5. University of Hawaii at Manoa – Bachelor of Arts

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UH Manoa is a Research University located on the island of O’ahu whose mission includes an emphasis on Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Indigenous peoples. Students may apply to be admitted directly into the major or may request to transfer into the major later on. UHM also offers a Public Health Honors Track. The Office of Public Health Studies offers specializations in epidemiology, health policy and management, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health, and social and behavioral health sciences. Although the majority of students enrolled are residents of Hawaii, 30% come from out of state. In terms of financial aid, 55% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 38% receive federal student loans.

#4. University of Maryland-College Park – Bachelor of Science

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UMD, a Research University located in a large suburb eight miles outside of DC, offers the BS with concentrations in Behavioral & Community Health, Family Health, Kinesiology, and Public Health Science. Although most enrollees were residents of Maryland, 29% came from out-of-state. In terms of financial aid 50% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 36% receive federal student loans.

#3. University of California-Berkeley – Bachelor of Arts

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The Public Health major is offered through the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley, a Research University located in the Bay Area of California. Students at Berkeley may apply to the Public Health major after completing all prerequisites, generally at the end of the sophomore year. Admissions to the major are capped, therefore it is advised to have an alternative major as a back-up. The Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition, formed in 2003, provides students opportunities to network and gain access to information on research and internship opportunities.

While the majority of enrolled students are California residents, 15% enrolled are from other countries. Financial aid is awarded to 61% of all undergraduate students in the form of grant or scholarship aid and 30% as federal student loans.

#2. University of California-Irvine – Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

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UC Irvine is a Research University located in a midsize city in Southern California. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Policy. Students have the opportunity to get involved in Public Health Brigades, a section of the Global Health Bridages at UC Irvine whose vision is “to improve quality of life by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the plantet.”

Only 2% of students enroll from out-of-state, but 12% are from countries outside of the United States. In terms of financial aid 66% of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and 44% receive federal student loans.

#1. University of Washington-Seattle Campus – Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

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“University of Washington Quad, Spring 2007” by Punctured Bicycle – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

UW, a Research University located in Seattle, offers the option of earning a BS or a BA in Public Health. Most students apply to the major after completing 60 credits, but early admission is available to a select number. In their junior year, students can apply for entry to the Public Health Major Honors cohort.

One-third of students enroll from out-of-state (15%) or countries outside of the United States (17%). Financial aid was awarded to 46% of all undergraduate students in the form of grant or scholarship aid and 33% as federal student loans.

*Data sources include the National Center for Education Statistics, the Council on Education for Public Health, US News and World Report, and individual school websites.