UMass Amherst Ranked 9th Best College to Major in Public Health

March 30, 2018

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked as the 9th best college in the nation to major in public health according to the 2018 rankings provided by College Factual. The undergraduate public health sciences program in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences rose one spot from 10th in the most recent rankings conducted in 2015.

“The faculty and staff have focused their efforts on the success, both inside and outside the classroom, of the rapidly growing undergraduate public health sciences major and its 900 students,” says Dean Marjorie Aelion. “Our ranking is a reflection of that effort.”

College Factual, a leading education technology company and provider of data-driven, value-based college rankings is the college rankings data provider for USA TODAY’s College Guide 2018. College Factual's ranking methodology takes into account education quality, average earnings of graduates, accreditation, and several other relevant factors.

In its rankings, College Factual writes "It's difficult to beat the University of Massachusetts Amherst if you want to pursue Public Health as a major. Public health graduates from University of Massachusetts Amherst get an earnings boost of around 13.5% over the average earnings of public health majors."

According to its website, 13,008 graduates earn a Public Health degree every year, earning it a placement of 43rd most popular among the 121 majors rated.

USA TODAY's 2018 College Guide provides profiles of 495 college programs nationwide to help parents and students select the best one for them. The guide is regularly read by over 100,000 U.S. households.

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