Health Science graduates are equipped for leadership jobs such as Public Health management analysts, environmental scientists, and clinical managers. In 2017, industry salaries ranged from $82,950 to $107,230. Many of the programs in the following list also offer preparation for national certification exams, furthering the graduate's array of potential career opportunities.
A Master's degree in the field of Health Sciences leads to a myriad of opportunities in healthcare management and administrative careers. Current healthcare administrators step-up their vocational trajectory by pursuing and completing an advanced degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of health sciences is expected to grow 20 percent by 2026 – significantly higher compared to other occupations.
To rank the Top 20 Master's Degrees in Public Health for 2019, TMHA considered accredited institutions based upon reputation, student and alumni satisfaction, industry job prospects, tuition expenses, and the average cost of student living. TMHA collects data from organizations such as the National Center for Education, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Glassdoor.com.
#20 – Northwestern University
Master of Science in Public Health
The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University Master's of Science in Public Health program is completable within two years. The MPH offers a general degree, although students may opt to concentrate on one of three areas: community health research, epidemiology, or global health. Northwestern designed its MS program for working students and provides evening class times.
All MPH students will complete core coursework in subjects such as Behavior, Health and Society, Introduction to Epidemiology, and Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System. Candidates for the MPH will fulfill field experience credits as well as a culminating project.
Graduate Tuition: $29,326
TMHA Score: 75.08
#19 – California State University, Fresno
Master of Public Health Program
The Department of Public Health at California State University, Fresno designed its Master of Public Health Program for health care professionals wishing to pursue their degree while continuing to work in the healthcare field. The MPH program is a part-time program completed in three years. The program prepares its graduates for leadership roles within the health administration field.
Core coursework in the MPH at CSUF covers topics such as Advanced Public Health Statistics and Health Promotion and Policy Advocacy. All MPH degree candidates must complete a thesis or project. Admissions applications are accepted on an annual basis with a deadline of March 1st for enrollment in the fall term.
Graduate Tuition: $6,177
TMHA Score: 76.15
#18 – Florida Gulf Coast University
Master of Science in Health Science
Fort Myers, FL
The Master of Science at Florida Gulf Coast University caters to students with a Bachelor's degree from any discipline who are seeking a career in healthcare administration. The program offers all of its coursework in an online format and is a total of 36 credit hours.
Core coursework topics include Teaching Methods for Healthcare Professionals, Epidemiology and Case Management Foundations. The MS in Health Science at FGCU admits in the fall and spring terms with deadlines of November 15th and July 1st.
Graduate Tuition: $13,842
TMHA Score: 76.90
#17 – Canisius College
Master's in Health and Human Performance
The Master of Science in Health and Human Performance at Canisius College is a hybrid program that takes place online, in the classroom and through internships. The program offers three focus areas: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Health Promotion, and Strength and Conditions.
The MS in Health and Human Performance degree prepares its students for certification as Certified Personal Trainers, Health Fitness Specialists and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists. Degree requirements are fulfilled with 34 or 35 credit hours, depending on the student's chosen specialty area. A Master's project or internship is required to complete the degree.
Graduate Tuition: $20,767
TMHA Score: 77.98
#16 – Drexel University
Master of Health Administration
The Master of Health Administration at Drexel University is completed entirely online, aside from a five-day residency. The 45-credit hour degree can be completed in two or three years at either full-time or part-time enrollment.
Course curriculum consists of topics in the business of healthcare and approaches to healthcare management. The MHA program at Drexel prepares its students to advance their careers in hospital administration, health marketing firms or social service agencies. The admission application for the MHA requires a demonstration of at least three years of experience in a healthcare related vocation.
Graduate Tuition: $39,021
TMHA Score: 78.48
#15 – New Jersey City University
Master in Health Sciences
Jersey City, NJ
At New Jersey City University, Master in Health Science students can select from one of three specializations to enhance their careers. Specialization focus areas include Public Health Education, School Health Education and Health Administration. The MS in Health Sciences in any of these specializations can be completed in 36-42 credit hours.
The MS in Health Science at NJCU is designed for students to continue working in their current health care related job. Core coursework includes classes such as Techniques of Health Research and Healthcare Organization. In addition to the core 36 credit hours, students who have not worked in the field for at least two years are required to fulfill an 8-12 week supervised vocational e854xperience in the health field.
Graduate Tuition: $11,854
TMHA Score: 79.34
#14 – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Master of Science
Little Rock, AR
The Master of Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers three areas of concentration: Health Education and Promotion, Exercise Science or Sports Management. At 36 credit hours, the program prepares students for careers in the fitness industry, public health organizations or coaching. UALR offers a myriad of graduate assistantships and scholarships. The MS of Science at UALR admits three times per year in the fall, winter and spring terms.
Graduate Tuition: $12,317
TMHA Score: 80.40
#13 – Western Michigan University
Master of Public Health
Grand Rapids, MI
The 46 credit hour Master of Public Health at Western Michigan University is a hybrid program with most coursework offered online. Students pursuing the MPH select one of five focus areas: Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Services Administration or Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Depending on which concentration is selected, students will take courses in such subjects as Public Health Biology, Public Health Preparedness, and Public Law and Ethics. The MPH program at WWU may accept up to 12 transfer credits of relevant, applicable coursework from another institution.
Graduate Tuition: $15,489
TMHA Score: 80.77
#12 – Boise State University
Master of Health Science
Students who pursue their Master of Health Science at Boise State University may select one of three concentrations. These concentrations include Health Policy, Health Promotion or Health Services Leadership. All three concentrations are completable within 39-42 credit hours.
Additionally, students have the option of finalizing their degree through a thesis, additional coursework or a project. BSU provides its MS in Health Science through the Department of Community and Environmental Health. CEH offers internship opportunities, career advising, scholarships, and networking events.
Graduate Tuition: $11,711
TMHA Score: 80.84
#11 – Medical University of South Carolina
Master of Science in Health Informatics
The Master of Science in Health Informatics at the Medical University of South Carolina is a hybrid residential program. At 36 credit hours, students attending full time will complete the degree in four semesters or six semesters at part-time enrollment. The curriculum of the MS in Health Informatics includes courses in Database Management; Systems Analysis and Design; and Healthcare Management and Operation.
The MS in Health Informatics is geared towards current health administration professionals seeking to extend their expertise in information and data systems. Applications for admission are accepted year-round and begin every fall semester.
Graduate Tuition: N/A
TMHA Score: 82.40
#10 – University of Texas at Tyler
Master of Science in Health Science
The University of Texas at Tyler's Master of Science in Health Science is a 36 credit hour program that can be completed in under two years. Class times are mostly in the evening. Core course topics include Biostatistics and Global Health. Students are required to complete a thesis or internship. The MS program at UT Tyler's faculty is made up of professionals who have extensive, published research experience. Students select an area of focus related to their overall career goals.
Graduate Tuition: $12,492
TMHA Score: 82.77
#9 – University of North Florida
Master of Science in Health in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease
The Master of Science in Health program at the University of North Florida offers small classes, admitting only 15-20 students per academic year. At 45 credit hours, the degree is completable two years.
Graduate students of the MSH in ESCD intern a minimum of 300 supervised hours in their selected field. Upon completion, students are prepared to complete their certification examination through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Graduate Tuition: $13,484
TMHA Score: 84.72
#8 – Utah State University
Master of Science in Health and Human Movement
The Kinesiology and Health Science Department at Utah State University prepares its students to pursue careers in the fields of exercise or sports science. The MS in Health and Human Movement curriculum at USU is also applicable to students who plan to apply to medical or dental school.
Students select a specialization in either exercise science or sports science. Both specializations require 13 core courses and 14-15 elective courses in the student's chosen specialty.
Graduate Tuition: $13,037
TMHA Score: 85.20
#7 – California State University, Dominguez Hills
Master of Science in Health Science
Dominguez Hills, CA
At California State University, Dominguez Hills Master of Science in Health Science, graduate students are given the option of specializing in Orthotics and Prosthetics. General curriculum throughout the degree covers topics such as Applied Anatomy and the Psychosocial Aspects of Disability.
The 64-66 credit hour program requires students to complete up to a 240-hour practicum. Of the 22 who graduated from the program in 2018, 21 continued to a residency through the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.
Graduate Tuition: $3,297
TMHA Score: 86.48
#6 – University of Central Florida – Orlando
Master of Science in Health Sciences with Executive Health Services Administration
The Master of Science in Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida offers a 44 credit program, completed entirely online. UCF was named among the Most Innovative Colleges in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report. Tuition for graduate students at UCF costs the same regardless of state residency.
The MS in Health Sciences with Executive Health Services program is geared towards seasoned health administration professionals. Students pursuing the degree are seeking advancement in their current career. Job positions after graduating from the program include managerial and director roles within health administration.
Graduate Tuition: $15,533
TMHA Score: 86.81
#5 – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Master of Science
Oklahoma City, OK
The Master of Science degree offers four areas of specialization within the health sciences field. These four specializations include Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Promotion Sciences, Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental Health Science.
The MS program is research-focused and designed for students to apply their research. Graduate students work with organizations such as American Indian Health and the Oklahoma Public Health Training Center. The program is 36 credit hours, and an oral or written examination is an alternative option to the traditional thesis.
Graduate Tuition: N/A
TMHA Score: 86.98
#4 – California State University – Long Beach
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Long Beach, CA
Students admitted to the California State University – Long Beach Master of Science in Healthcare Administration come from a wide variety of vocational or educational backgrounds. The MS HCA program is designed to create strong leaders in healthcare administration who may have a BA or work experience unrelated to healthcare or the health sciences industry.
To adequately prepare incoming graduate students, CSULB's MSHA requires three prerequisite courses involving accounting and economics, which can be taken once the student matriculates into the degree program. The MS program is completed in 45 credit hours and includes a three-credit thesis or project to graduate.
Graduate Tuition: $9,867
TMHA Score: 90.87
#3 – John Hopkins University
Master of Health Science
At John Hopkins University, the Bloomberg School of Public Health offers a Master of Health Science in each of its ten departments. Areas of specialization include Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Health Economics, and Mental Health. The MHS program at JHU emphasizes career preparation within the research industry or continue advanced graduate studies. Each of JHU's ten programs offers scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistantships to support student success.
Graduate Tuition: $27,352
TMHA Score: 91.20
#2 – University of Utah
Master of Healthcare Administration/Master of Public Health
Salt Lake City, UT
The Master of Healthcare Administration/Master of Public Health dual degree at the University of Utah is geared toward mid-career professionals in the field of public health. Students have the option of attending the program at part or full-time status. The dual degree is completed within 3-6 years, depending on the student's enrollment.
The MPH degree program curriculum covers such topics as Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health Management, and Practice. In the MHA portion of the degree, students are required to take courses in Financial Accounting, Leadership in Healthcare and Foundations of Healthcare Informatics.
Graduate Tuition: $11,322
TMHA Score: 92.02
#1 – Duke University
Master of Science in Global Health
The Master of Science in Global Health at Duke University is a limited admission, competitive program that admits an average of 30 to 35 graduate students per year. The MScGH program is one of two graduate programs at Duke where students can choose to study at Duke Kunshan in Kunshan, China.
At either location, students complete the 38-hour program at full-time enrollment. All graduate students fulfill a thesis based on their original research in global studies. Funding for travel related to research is available. The program admits yearly for the Fall semester, and the admission deadline is April 1, 2019.
Graduate Tuition: $19,950
TMHA Score: 100