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ColoradoSPH Continues to Rank in the Top 20 Public Health Schools and Programs in the Nation

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U.S. News and World Report has named the Colorado School of Public Health among the top 20 schools and programs of public health in the nation in its 2023-2024 rankings. ColoradoSPH is now ranked 17th out of 206 Master of Public Health (MPH) programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

ColoradoSPH moved up two spaces in the last year, when all schools and programs of public health were last ranked in 2022. The public health rankings are based on information about the schools including peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, or faculty of CEPH-accredited public health degree programs or schools. 

“This ranking reflects our growing recognition as one of the best schools in the nation—and the leading school in the Rocky Mountain region—where students can pursue a quality public health education,” said ColoradoSPH Dean Jonathan Samet, MD, MS. “I am proud of the role that the Colorado School of Public Health played with many partners during the COVID-19 pandemic during my time as dean, and of all the work our school is doing in multiple areas of public health regionally, nationally, and worldwide.”

New this year, U.S. News also released its very first rankings of the five “specialty” areas (or core competency areas) that all MPH graduates must demonstrate to earn their degrees and for a school to be accredited: biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health sciences, and health policy and management. The Colorado School of Public Health was included in the top 20 for each specialty area. Our 2023 rankings are:

“Our students and community partners continuously challenge us to go off-trail and push the boundaries of system-level and policy-level health solutions,” said Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy. “It is gratifying to see our work receive this national recognition.”

In addition to the specialty area ranking in biostatistics, ColoradoSPH’s Biostatistics PhD program was last ranked in 2022 as 26th in the nation out of 65 graduate schools and PhD programs in biostatistics.

"I'm pleased to see the growing national recognition of our department in the profession,” said Debashis Ghosh, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. “This is a testament to the hard and impactful work done by our faculty, staff and students."

ColoradoSPH celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 2008, the school has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report in rankings of graduate programs in public health as follows:

  • 2014: No. 31 out of 50 graduate schools of public health (the first year ColoradoSPH was eligible after the school was established and accredited)
  • 2019: No. 23 out of 177 CEPH-accredited schools and programs in public health
  • 2021: No. 20 out of 188 CEPH-accredited schools/programs
  • 2022: No. 19 out of 195 CEPH-accredited schools/programs
  • 2023: No. 17 out of 221 CEPH-accredited schools/programs

ColoradoSPH has MPH and certificate programs at three Colorado universities including the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. The school also includes MS, PhD and DrPH programs at CU Anschutz. 

“Our faculty, staff, and students are pushing us forward as an institution and our alumni are filling critical public health roles in Colorado and beyond,” added Dean Samet. “I have no doubt that we will continue to move up in rankings as we develop new programs, advance our research, and find innovative ways to train our students.”