Facts & Figures

  • Ranked one of top 5 schools of public health by U.S. News & World Reports

  • Sixth 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

  • The School's nearly 12,000 alumni 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 Health


  • Nearly 500 faculty members and educators

  • In addition to their work in the local community and across the United States, faculty work in more than 100 countries

  • Nearly 40% of our full-time faculty hold joint or interdisciplinary appointments in 34 Columbia University departments, schools, and centers

Educational Programs

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

  • Total doctoral degrees offered: 2 in 5 areas of specialization

  • Dual degree programs with other schools at the University: 10

  • Classes offered during the academic year 2017-2018: 382

  • Median class size at the Mailman School: 24

Academic Departments

2017-2018 Student Body Snapshot

Total Enrollment1404States Represented44Countries Represented52
Master's Students86%Ethnic/Racial Minorities46%African-American8%
Doctoral Students14%Non-U.S. Citizens23%Asian24%
Average Age of Entry27  Latino10%
Age Range20-71