Bellingham has a general population of 67,171 and an overall student population of 22,765. Approximately 14,575 of Bellingham's students are enrolled in schools that offer public health programs.
Of the 1 public health schools in Bellingham, the largest public health school, by student population, is Western Washington University. In 2010, Western Washington University graduated approximately 20 students from its public health program.
In 2010, 20 students graduated with a public health degree from one of Bellingham's public health schools. Tuition in 2009 at Bellingham's public health schools was $18,749 per year for instate students and $29,780 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,020 for public health related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Bellingham-based public health schools, you will have an added expense of $8,096 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $10,230.
After graduating with your credentials in public health, if you decide to work as a public health professional in Bellingham, your job prospects are good. There were 2,710 public health professionals working in Washington State and 80 working in the greater Bellingham area in 2010. Bellingham's public health professional workforce is projected to increase by 21% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for public health professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a public health professional in Bellingham is $37,680 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for public health professionals.