Facts & Figures

  • Ranked #1 in NYC and #4 in the nation school of public health by U.S. News & World Report

  • 4th largest recipient of NIH grant funding among schools of public health

  • Established in 1922, one of the three oldest public health academies in the U.S. (see School History)

  • Named the Mailman School of Public Health in 1999 in honor of Joseph L. Mailman, a prominent businessman and philanthropist

  • More than 15,000 graduates in 80 countries hold leadership positions in government, hospitals, academia, non-governmental institutions, and the private sector

Linda Fried, MD, MPH Dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public HealthFaculty

  • 171 full-time faculty

  • Nearly 28% of full-time faculty hold joint or interdisciplinary appointments in Columbia departments, schools, and centers

  • Faculty and staff conduct research and implement programs in more than 100 countries

Educational Programs

  • Degrees offered: MPH, MHA, MS, PhD, DrPH

  • 10 dual degree programs in areas such as Law, Medicine, International Affairs, and Social Work

  • 419 classes offered during the 2020-2021 academic year

  • Median class size: 24

Academic Departments

2021-2022 Student Body Snapshot

  • Total Enrollment: 1,687

  • Master‘s Students: 90%

  • Doctoral Students: 10%

  • Average Age of Entry: 25

  • Age Range: 20–73

  • Non-U.S. Citizens: 29%

  • Countries Represented: 56

  • States/Territories Represented: 45

  • Ethnic/Racial Minorities: 53%

  • African-American: 8%

  • Asian: 28%

  • Latino: 12%

Statistics reflect November 2021 data. For a complete breakdown, see School Demographics.