Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has five public health schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the highest ranked school in this group with a public health program, has a total student population of 28,916. It is the 20th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Public Health students from Raleigh schools who go on to become public health educators, public health officials, social workers, public health workers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 63,320 people working as health educators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,060. Also, Health specialties teachers make on average $103,340 per year and there are about 133,070 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 420 employed health specialties teachers earning an average salary of $81,310. Health educators in this area earn $48,780/yr and there are 110 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.215 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by health educators, and 0.848/1000 are held by health specialties teachers.
Of the 5 public health schools with a 100-mile radius of Raleigh, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes out as the most expensive ($8,423/yr) for public health students, with North Carolina Central University as the lowest, reported at only $5,700/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|