About SPH

We educate the whole student. We help the whole world.

If you’re seeking a graduate degree in public health, we probably share an ambitious goal—making a difference in the health and well-being of our global village. The question is: who can best prepare you to do so?

60% of students are full-time

Since 1976, Boston University’s School of Public Health (SPH) has been growing, innovating, discovering, and launching the careers of some of the most accomplished and influential women and men in the field. Today we stand among a select group of public health graduate schools. U.S. News & World Report ranks SPH 8th in the nation.

Recognized worldwide for achievements in research

SPH’s growing research portfolio is one of the largest at BU, America’s fourth largest research university. Our faculty members are actively engaged in groundbreaking research that informs not only our curriculum and scientific understanding but also public policy. From large, epidemiologic studies to bench science, our research and scholarship continue to improve the overall practice of public health.

A balance of academics, research, and practice

An outstanding feature of our 19 degree programs and 8 dual degree programs is the integration of classroom education, research, and field experience. Students at all academic levels assist faculty members in a wide range of public health research. Our skills-based curriculum, practicum program, and extensive community-based service programs prepare them for careers in research, industry, government, and academia.

The ideal location for public health students

With a rare concentration of top hospitals, medical research, science and technology, and health-related companies and agencies, Boston offers an outstanding backdrop for the study of public health. SPH students immerse themselves in this tailor-made learning environment through fieldwork, networking, and engagement with public health lectures and events.