SPH at a Glance

Here are some fast facts about Boston University School of Public Health.

School Ranking

U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools#10



Full-time: more than150
Part-time and adjunct: more than250


Research Funding

Research awards:$41 millionin fiscal year 2014
Funding sources:NIH, CDC, DoD, VA, AID, EPA, DPHand private foundations



Areas of concentration8


  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global health


  • Health law, bioethics & human rights
  • Health policy & management
  • Maternal & child health
  • Social & behavioral sciences

Degrees offered25

Degree programs

  • Biostatistics MPH, MA, PhD
  • Environmental Health  MPH, PhD, MS
  • Epidemiology MPH, MS, PhD
  • Global Health MPH
  • Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights MPH
  • Health Policy & Management MPH, MS, PhD
  • Maternal & Child Health MPH
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences MPH
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Dual degree programs

  • Law & Public Health JD/MPH
  • Health Care Management and Public Health MBA/MPH
  • Global Health Management and Public Health MBA/MPH
  • Medicine and Public Health MD/MPH
  • Medical Sciences and Public Health MS/MPH
  • Social Work and Public Health MSW/MPH
  • Health & Rehabilitation Sciences and Public Health BS/MPH
  • Arts & Sciences and Public Health BA/MPH


Students (2014/15)

Degree candidates1,056




Median Age25

Countries of origin44

Financial Assistance (2013/14)

Students receiving aid93%
Total aid awarded is over:$4 million


Graduate Employment

Graduates employed within 6 months after graduation:Over 90%

History and Mission

Founded 1976

SPH mission: To improve the health of local, national and international populations, particularly the disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable, through excellence and innovation in education, research and service

Strategic Plan

SPH will focus on four vital public health challenges as part of its five-year 2010 Strategic Plan:
  • ensuring affordable, quality health care;
  • creating a clean environment;
  • eliminating health disparities; and
  • promoting health globally

Equal Opportunity

Boston University School of Public Health does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status.