So you have an interest in the collective health of the country or even just for your home community, but you have no medical/ health care background. A career in public health might suit you, as students entering Master’s of Public Health or related degree programs are often from a wide range of career backgrounds.
In this college rankings list, we take a look at the 25 most affordable online masters degree in public health. That is, graduate public health degrees at the master’s level that are offered either fully online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus courses. The 25 colleges ranked in this article typically offer at least one of the following or similar academic programs at the graduate level:
- Master’s of Public Health (MPH)
- MS Public Health (MSPH)
- MS Nursing (MSN) – Community/ Public Health Nursing
Careers in Public Health
There are a range of healthcare-related occupational profiles in the Web pages of the BLS OOH (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook). One such is Health Educators and Community Health Workers, with an estimated collective jobs growth expectation of 13% in the period 2014-2024.
A more comprehensive list of public health careers is shown in the scrolling table below, compiled from the Web pages of the 25 colleges ranked in this article. While some of these roles only require a suitable bachelor’s degree, advanced roles require a master’s degree or higher. Some roles may also require professional certification.
- care coordinator
- civic affairs
- clinical lab technician
- clinical research coordinator / specialist
- colleges and universities
- community health educator
- community health program manager
- community health worker
- community-based health education and health agencies
- community-based organization
- consulting firms
- county and state health departments
- department of health services
- director of environmental health
- director of public health
- emergency management director
- emergency medical technician
- environmental health intelligence analyst
- environmental scientist and specialist
- executive health director
- field investigator
- health and safety engineer
- health and wellness coach
- health care analyst
- health care facilities
- health care organizations
- health communications specialist
- health educator
- health policy analyst
- health policy and planning organizations
- health service administrator
- health service research manager
- health services manager
- health systems analyst
- hospital network health care systems
- international health services manager
- management and program analyst
- medical health and services administrator
- medical officer
- national organizations (i.e., American Red Cross)
- national research institutes
- non-profit health care fundraising director
- non-profit health care organizations
- nonprofit executive director / CEO
- nursing facilities
- postsecondary health educator
- prevention specialist
- program manager
- public health advisor
- public health agencies
- public health analyst
- public health officer
- public health project manager
- registered nurse
- research analyst
- research assistant
- social science analyst
- social service agencies
- social/behavioral scientist
- wellness coordinator
Summary of Colleges Ranked in this List
Here is a statistical overview of the 25 colleges ranked in this article about affordable online masters of public health degrees. These summary sections are intended to help improve “discovery” and are followed by the actual rankings.
Histogram: Out-of-State vs In-State Graduate Public Health Degree Tuition
The interactive bar chart below compares official out-of-state and in-state tuition (blue and orange bars, respectively). If you hover your computer mouse over any bar or point, you’ll see the name of the college and the two cost values. Colleges are arranged left to right by ranking #1 to #25 (e.g., lowest to highest out-of-state grad tuition, showing #1 APUS, and #25 SNHU at right). Data is from NCES.ed.gov, which may lag by an academic year. Colleges for which both bars are the same height are typically private.
Some notes on using the above interactive chart:
- A modern browser is required for most of the charting features.
- The vertical Y axis represents cost in dollars, for both tuition values per college.
- The horizontal X axis represents the schools (not the rankings).
- Use your mouse’s scroll wheel to zoom in on a section in the main chart. The sub-chart below the main chart will indicate what section you are viewing.
- Hover your mouse over either of the two labels, “out” or “in,” underneath the sub-chart to visually isolate the selected metric.
Statistics of Ranked Colleges for Master’s of Public Health Degrees
This is a summary of data available for the master’s programs of colleges/ universities mentioned in this college rankings list.
|Grad in-state tuition range:||$1,637 – $18,810.|
|Grad out-of-state tuition range:||$6,300 – $18,810.|
|Lowest in-state:||#2 UML.|
|Lowest out-of-state:||#1 APUS.|
|# students range:||893 – 62304.|
|# undergrads range:||0 – 46997.|
|# grads range:||138 – 43228.|
|Largest # students:||#4 GCU.|
|Largest # undergrads:||#1 APUS.|
|Largest # grads:||#12 WU.|
|Oldest school:||#13 UA (est. 1870).|
|Youngest school:||#17 EU (est. 1998).|
|# states covered:||19.|
|States covered:||AZ, CA (2), FL (2), GA, IA, ID, IL (2), IN, MA, MI, MN (2), ND, NE (2), NH, NM, OH (2), SD, TN, WV.|
Rank-Order Listing of Graduate Public Health Schools Covered
Scroll through this list to see schools in order of increasing rank. E.g., by increasing out-of-state tuition.
|1||APUS||American Public University System|
|2||UML||University of Massachusetts-Lowell|
|3||IWUM||Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion|
|4||GCU||Grand Canyon University|
|5||NEOMED||Northeast Ohio Medical University|
|6||FSU||Ferris State University|
|8||DMU-OMC||Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center|
|10||SDSU||South Dakota State University|
|11||CBU||California Baptist University|
|13||UA||University of Akron Main Campus|
|15||NM State||New Mexico State University-Main Campus|
|18||UIS||University of Illinois at Springfield|
|20||NSU||Nova Southeastern University|
|21||SU-SO||South University-Savannah Online|
|22||UM||University of Memphis|
|23||ISU||Idaho State University|
|24||UND||University of North Dakota|
|25||SNHU||Southern New Hampshire University|
Alphabetic List of Graduate Public Health Schools Covered in this Ranking
The abbreviations used in the table below (and the rest of this article) are convenience and, as such, may not be official abbreviations. Scroll through the list to see all ranked colleges.
|NCES Name (abbrev, estdate, rank)||location||$in-state||$out-of-state|
|American Public University System (APUS, 1991, 1)||Charles Town, West Virginia||$6,300||$6,300|
|Benedictine University (BU, 1887, 19)||Lisle, Illinois||$16,695||$16,695|
|California Baptist University (CBU, 1950, 11)||Riverside, California||$11,232||$11,232|
|Capella University (CU, 1993, 14)||Minneapolis, Minnesota||$14,175||$14,175|
|Concordia University-Nebraska (CUNE, 1894, 7)||Seward, Nebraska||$9,783||$9,783|
|Creighton University (CU, 1878, 16)||Omaha, Nebraska||$15,052||$15,052|
|Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center (DMU-OMC, 1898, 8)||Des Moines, Iowa||$10,350||$10,350|
|Everglades University (EU, 1998, 17)||Boca Raton, Florida||$15,696||$15,696|
|Ferris State University (FSU, 1884, 6)||Big Rapids, Michigan||$6,324||$9,480|
|Grand Canyon University (GCU, 1949, 4)||Phoenix, Arizona||$9,284||$9,284|
|Idaho State University (ISU, 1901, 23)||Pocatello, Idaho||$5,106||$18,504|
|Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion (IWUM, 1920, 3)||Marion, Indiana||$9,265||$9,265|
|National University (NU, 1971, 9)||La Jolla, California||$10,962||$10,962|
|New Mexico State University-Main Campus (NM State, 1888, 15)||Las Cruces, New Mexico||$4,088||$14,254|
|Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED, 1973, 5)||Rootstown, Ohio||$9,288||$9,288|
|Nova Southeastern University (NSU, 1964, 20)||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||$16,760||$16,760|
|South Dakota State University (SDSU, 1881, 10)||Brookings, South Dakota||$5,264||$11,142|
|South University-Savannah Online (SU-SO, 1899, 21)||Savannah, Georgia||$17,010||$17,010|
|Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU, 1932, 25)||Manchester, New Hampshire||$18,810||$18,810|
|University of Akron Main Campus (UA, 1870, 13)||Akron, Ohio||$7,731||$13,237|
|University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS, 1969, 18)||Springfield, Illinois||$7,996||$15,823|
|University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UML, 1894, 2)||Lowell, Massachusetts||$1,637||$6,425|
|University of Memphis (UM, 1912, 22)||Memphis, Tennessee||$8,622||$17,405|
|University of North Dakota (UND, 1883, 24)||Grand Forks, North Dakota||$7,044||$18,807|
|Walden University (WU, 1970, 12)||Minneapolis, Minnesota||$11,895||$11,895|
Circular “Circos” Comparison Chart: Multiple Data Points
This comparison chart allows you to fairly easily compare all 25 ranked Public Health grad schools simultaneously. See the “Tips for Use” box below for details.
- We use the average out-of-state tuition listed in NCES for affordability rankings of master’s programs. However, a given program’s actual costs may differ from what we list and is subject to change by the college in question. Check Web sites for up-to-date graduate tuition rates.
- As college accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- NCES data is subject to change and this ranking list uses the most recently reported data at time of writing.
- The Areavibes cost of living score is from Areavibes.com and represents the city/ town of the college in question. It is independent of each college’s on-campus housing costs.
Rankings: Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Public Health
Robert Frost Hall, Southern New Hampshire University (source)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1932 and located in Manchester, New Hampshire, about 53 miles roughly north-northwest of Boston, MA. Original name: New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science.
SNHU offers over 100 online master’s degrees (including concentrations/ specializations). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: MS Public Health (MSPH). This MSPH program consists of nine core courses and three elective courses – each at three credits, for a total of 36 credits. The curriculum covers the five main facets of public health and prepares graduates for roles in controlling disease outbreaks, creating community-based wellness programs, influencing policy changes and more. The estimated timeline is 15 months for students who take two courses per term (10 week terms). No GMAT/ GRE is required for admission.
Sample courses: Principles of Public Health; Research Methods in Public Health; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Principles of Environmental Health; Health Policy and Management; Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health; Public Health Capstone; Population-Based Epidemiology; Biostatistics
University of North Dakota is a public university established in 1883 and located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, about 80 miles roughly north-northwest of Fargo, ND.
UND offers over two dozen online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH) with two Specializations: (1) Health Management and Policy; (2) Population Health Analytics; two grad certificates: (1) Public Health; (2) Population Health Analytics. This MPH program requires a total of 42 credits and has 1, 1.5 and 2-year plans of study. The credit requirement breaks down into 18cr (six courses) for MPH Core courses, 18cr (six courses) for a Specialization, and 6cr for Practice and Culminating Experience. Each Specialization has its own set of four required courses (12cr) and two electives (6cr). [NOTE: As of Fall 2017, all students (including distance students) will be required to attend an on-campus workshop in the week preceding program start. The intent is to learn statistical software and data analysis. A pilot of this workshop will start in Fall 2016.] UND also offers two 15-credit grad certificates as an alternative for anyone who wishes to gain public health-related skills without committing to an MPH degree.
Sample courses: Advanced Biostatistics; Biostatistics; Environmental Health for Public Health Professionals; Epidemiology; Health Administration and Organization; Health Care Budgeting and Finance; Health Care Systems; Health Policy; Leading and Managing Public Health Systems; Population Health Research Methods; Population Health Research Methods; Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; System Dynamics
Idaho State University campus view (source)
Idaho State University (ISU) is a public university established in 1901 and located in Pocatello, ID. It was established as Academy Idaho, renamed several times until taking on the current name in 1963.
ISU offers six online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). This MPH program has four main goals of instruction, research, community service and continuing education. Total credits requirement is 48, with 36cr for Core courses and 12cr for either the Thesis Option or the Project Option — each of which takes 6cr for Electives, and the remaining 6cr for either a thesis or a project. ISU claims that this is the only MPH program in the state of Idaho that is accredited by CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health).
Sample courses: Applications in Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health; Health Behavior Change Theory and Application; Health Program Planning; Leadership and Administration; Seminar in Community/ Public Health; Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health; Technological App. in Public Health; US and Global Health Systems
McWherter Library, University of Memphis (source)
University of Memphis is a public university established in 1912 and located in Memphis, Tennessee.
UM offers 19 online master’s degrees and a large selection of online grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health Program (MPH) with five Concentrations: (1) Social and Behavioral Sciences, (2) Health Systems Management, (3) Environmental Health, (4) Epidemiology, (5) Biostatistics; grad certificate in Population Health; dual degree options. This master’s program requires 42 credits, with 18cr for Core courses, 3cr for Practicum/ Field Experience, 3cr for Thesis or Master’s Project, and 18cr for Electives. Students can choose from one of five Concentrations, which cover the five key facets of public health principles. If taking a concentration, students take 12cr (four courses) for their selection and 6cr of electives. Other options include a 15-credit grad certificate in Public Health or dual degree options, including JD/MPH (which may require on-campus presence for the JD portion).
Sample courses: Advanced SAS for Public Health Prof; Applied Survival Analysis in Public Health; Biostatistical Methods; Cancer Epidemiology; Critical Issues in Global Health; Eating Behavior, Nutrition, and the Family; Environmental Health; Environmental Policy and Decision-making; Epidemiologic Survey Method; Foundations of Public Health; Health Administration Information Systems; Health Literacy; Health Management Leadership; Health Policy, Theory and Methods; Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Physical Activity and Public Health; Principles of Exposure and Risk Assessment; Public Health Preparedness and Response; Quality and Outcomes Management in Health Care; Randomized Clinical Trials; Social and Behavioral Science Principles
South University (source)
South University is a private, for-profit institution established in 1899 and located in Savannah, Georgia, about 139 miles roughly north-northeast of Jacksonville, FL.The Online division is entirely distance-focused. Original name: Draughon’s Practical Business College.
SU-SO offers 30 online master’s degrees (including specializations). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH) with two Specializations: (1) Public Health Practice; (2) Healthcare Management and Policy. This MPH requires 56 total credits, with 52cr for Core courses and 4cr for the Capstone/ Practicum. (Courses are 4cr each.) Note: students in Maryland cannot enroll in internship/ practicum/ field experience courses. Students can submit an applied research proposal in place of practicums. Program focus areas include “controlling infectious diseases, improving access to healthcare, and reducing environmental hazards.
Sample courses: Biostatistical Methods; Case Studies in Public Health; Environmental and Occupational Health; Evidence-based Public Health Practice; Grant and Contract Proposal Writing in Public Health; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Introduction to Health Services and Research; Practicum in Public Health; Principles of Epidemiology; Program Planning and Evaluation; Public Health Informatics; Public Health Law and Ethics; Public Health Policy Research; Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Sherman Library, Nova Southeastern University (source)
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private, nonprofit institution based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The university was established in 1964 as a small, graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences.
NSU offers nearly four dozen online master’s degrees (including concentrations). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH); grad cert in Public Health Informatics. This MPH program combines the typical public health principles with additional focus on issues such as health care reform, agents and weapons of mass destruction, sociopolitical factors, and more. The 42-credit requirement for program completion includes 21cr for Core courses, 6cr for Public Health Field Experience and Comprehensive Exam (0cr), and the remaining 15cr for Electives. Note: While courses for the MPH are available online, all students must be on-campus for a weekend orientation at the start, and for an exit seminar at the end of the program. Part-time students can take up to five years for program completion.
Sample courses: All Hazards Preparedness; Biostatistics; Budgeting and Accounting for Health Care Organizations; Community Health Assessment; Culture, Ethnicity, and Health; Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiologic Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation; Epidemiology of Diseases of Major Public Health Importance; Foundations of Public Health; Global Health; Health Care Organization and Administration; Health Policy, Planning, and Management; Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health; Maternal and Child Health; Principles and Practice of Clinical trials; Principles of Health Education; Public Health Advocacy; Public Health Communications; Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health; Strategic Leadership in Management of Human Resources; Strategic Marketing for Health Care Organizations; Substance Abuse: Prevention and Intervention; Tropical Diseases
Birck Hall of Science, Benedictine University (source)
Benedictine University (BU) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1887 and located in Lisle, Illinois, about 26 miles roughly west-southwest of Chicago, IL. It was originally founded as St. Procopius College by Benedictine monks and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.
BU offers seven online master’s degrees (plus concentrations/ specializations). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH); four optional grad certificates; dual degree options. This MPH program covers many of the typical public health topics, including the skills necessary for graduates to handle roles that oversee health care access improvement, infectious disease control and more. Of the 66 credits required for completion, 54cr are for Foundation courses and 12cr for Electives. Courses are 4cr each except for the Capstone (6cr). The MPH degree can be earned with any of four optional certificates (16 credits each): (1) Health Management and Policy; (2) Emergency Preparedness; (3) Health Education and Promotion; (4) Epidemiology.
Sample courses: Applied Epidemiology; Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health; Biostatistics; Community Health Analysis; Cultural Context of Health; Emergency Preparedness and Planning; Emergency Response and Recovery; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Ethical and Political Issues; Grant Writing for Public Health; Health Policy; Management of Health Services Organizations; Marketing of Public Health; Methods of Research in Public Health; Psychology and Sociology of Disasters; Public Health Biology; Public Health Education Methods; Public Health Education Programs and Skills; Public Health System; The Business of Healthcare
TRAC building, University of Illinois at Springfield (source)
University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a public university established in 1969 and located in Springfield, Illinois. It was originally founded as Sangamon State University and became part of the University of Illinois system in 1995.
UIS offers 11 online master’s degrees and 14 online graduate certificates. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH) with optional Concentration in Environmental Health; grad certificate in Community Health Education; five grad certificates: (1) Epidemiology; (2) Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security; (3) Community Health Education ; (4) Environmental Health ; (5) Environmental Risk Assessment; joint degree options. This MPH program requires 48 credits for completion, with seven 4-credit courses for Core (including Internship), at least one Elective course, and the remainder spread across three categories: (1) Emerging Issues; (2) Analytical Tools; (3) Social Determinants. Note: this online version of the MPH has fewer elective choices than the on-campus version. Alternatives: Students wanting to gain some of the knowledge and skills of the MPH without committing to the degree have a choice of the five aforementioned online grad certificates ranging from 16-20 credits. The first two are academic and qualify for financial aid, while the other three are professional development certificates. All five can be taken by both degree- and non-degree-seeking students. There are also two joint-degree options: MPH/MPA and MPH/HMS.
Sample courses: Analytical Epidemiology; Biostatistics for the Health Professional; Community Health Education; Community Health Research; Economics for Policy Analysis; Environmental and Occupational Health; Environmental Risk Assessment; Epidemiology of Infectious and Chronic Diseases; Foundations Of Epidemiology; Program Evaluation for Health Professionals; Public Health in the Political Arena; Public Health Policy and Administration; Risk Assessment Practicum; Risk Assessment: Air, Land, and Water; Risk Management and Communication
Everglades University (source)
Everglades University is a private institution established in 1998 and located in Boca Raton, Florida, about 46 miles roughly east-northeast of Miami, FL. Original name: American Flyers College.
EU offers four online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master’s in Public Health Administration (MPHA) with optional Concentration in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM/ MPHC); MSN Community/ Public Health Nursing with optional FNP or AGPCNP tracks. This MPHA program requires 36 credits and takes approximately 48 weeks. The curriculum consists of 12 core courses including a Capstone, and covers the standard public health issues, including the skills/ knowledge to improve health care access, influencing healthcare policy, assessing community health and more.
Sample courses: Accounting for Decision Makers; Applied Managerial Statistics; Community Health Assessment; Human Resource Management; Influencing Healthcare Policy; Introduction to US Healthcare Systems; Leadership Skills for Managers; Marketing Management; Principles of Epidemiology; Public Health Administration Practices; Research Methods in Public Health
St John’s Church on campus at Creighton University (source)
Creighton University is a private institution established in 1878 and located in Omaha, Nebraska, about 139 miles roughly west-southwest of Des Moines, IA. Original name: Creighton College. Affiliation: Roman Catholic/ Jesuit.
Creighton offers 14 online (and one hybrid) master’s degree. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH) with two Concentrations: (1) Health Policy and Ethics; (2) Public Health Services Administration. This MPH program helps graduates develop the skills to help build strategies for at-risk populations and communities lacking adequate health care. It integrates public health principles with “Jesuit values of social justice and service to others.” The 43 required credites break down to 27cr for Core courses, 9cr for Concentration courses, 4cr for Practice Experience and 3cr for the Capstone. CU offers two Concentrations for this program.
Sample courses: Biostatistics; Community Health Assessment; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Ethical Issues in Population Health: A Global Perspective; Health Communication and Informatics; Health Planning and Program Evaluation; Health Policy and Ethics; Healthcare Economics and Finance; Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research; Law and Health Care Ethics; Organization and Management of Public Health Services; Public Health Leadership; Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health; Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care
Zuhl Library, New Mexico State University (source)
New Mexico State University (NMSU, NM State) is a public research university established in 1888 as Las Cruces College. Its main campus is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 230 miles south and slightly west of Albuquerque, NM, and some 45 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas.
NMSU offers 19 distance master’s degrees, some or all of which are online. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public (MPH) with two Concentrations: (1) Health Management, Administration and Policy (HMAP); (2) Community Health Education (CHE); grad cert in Public Health; dual degree options. This MPH program requires 48 credits and can be completed within three years part-time — less for full-time students. (NMSU recommends online students for this program take two courses maximum per semester.) Students can choose a Thesis or Non-Thesis option, the latter of which requires passing a Comprehensive exam. Alternatives to the MPH include a 15-credit grad certificate and an MPH/MSW dual-degree option.
Sample courses: American Indian Health; Biostatistical Applications in Public Health; Community and Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health; Coping with Loss and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective; Environmental Public Health Issues; Epidemiological Approaches to Diseases Control and Prevention; Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions; Health Services Systems: Administration and Organization; Hispanic Health Issues; International Health Practicum; International Health Problems; Orientation to Public Health; Research and Resources in Community Health; Rural Health Issues; US-Mexico Border Health Issues
Capella University and parent company headquarters (source)
Capella University is a for-profit institution established in 1993 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Original name: The Graduate School of America.
CU offers 86 online master’s degrees (including concentrations/ specializations). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH) with four Specialization: (1) General Public Health; (2) Health Management and Policy; (3) Public Health Leadership; (4) Social and Behavioral Sciences; Graduate certificates: (1) Nonprofit Management and Leadership; (2) Public Health Leadership. The overall MPH program requires 48 quarter credits (qc), and students can transfer up to 12 credits. It takes 18 months on average, with courses taken 1-3 at a time per quarter, with each course running around 10 weeks. Core courses take 32qc (eight courses), and Specialization courses (four) take the remaining 16qc. The curriculum covers public health issues, management sciences, organizational and financial theory and more. Students can choose from one of the four aforementioned specializations.
Sample courses: Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Health Care Master’s Learners; Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health; Health Policy and Management; Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems; Principles of Biostatistics; Principles of Epidemiology; Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health; Public Health Integrative Project; Public Health Professional Collaborative Project
University of Akron Main Campus is a public university established in 1870 and located in Akron, Ohio, about 30 miles roughly southeast of Cleveland, OH. It was originally founded as Buchtel College and is part of the University System of Ohio.
UA offers five online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). This MPH requires 42 credits in total, with 18cr for Core courses, 9cr for Generalist Track courses, and 15cr for Electives. This is the essentially the same hybrid program as the NEOMED MPH, ranked elsewhere in this article, but the degree is awarded by UA. There are six core courses (delivered via web-enhanced learning and interactive video conferencing). Elective courses can be taken at any of the partner universities (all in Ohio).
Sample courses: Biostatistics in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health; Epidemiology in Public Health; Grant Writing for Public Health Practice; Health Services Administration in Public Health; Public Health Concepts; Public Health Practice and Issues; Public Health Research and Evaluation; Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
Walden University (source)
Walden University is a private, for-profit/ PBC (Public Benefit Corporation) established in 1970 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded by two teachers from New York, Bernie and Rita Turner.
Walden offers 24 online master’s degrees (MBA, MHA, MISM, MPA, MS, MSN, MHA, MPH, MAT, MSEd), plus specializations. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH); MS Health and Promotion (MSHP) with four specializations (including General and Self-Designed). This MPH program requires 64 quarter-credit and takes approximately two years. The curriculum covers the five key facets of public health, as well as prepares graduates with skills to face local and global issues of health. Students participate in public health-related simulations and field experience. The credits break down to five for Foundation courses, 51cr for Core courses, 8cr for Practicum and Capstone, with courses being 1-5 quarter credits each. Alternately, WU offers a 50 quarter-credit MSHP that overlaps with the MPH but leans more towards roles that involve educating the public on health issues.
Sample courses: Applied Research in Public Health; Biological Foundations of Public Health; Environmental Health: Local to Global; Epidemiology: Decoding the Science of Public Health; Global Perspectives on Health; Interpretation and Application of Public Health Data; Perspectives on Health and the Developing Professional; Practicum I: Field Experience in Public Health; Practicum II: Field Experience and Applied Project in Public Health; Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation; Public Health Administration and Leadership; Public Health Policy, Politics and Progress; Seminar: Applied Project in Public Health; Socio-Ecological Perspectives of Health
Gabriel Library, California Baptist University (source)
California Baptist University is a private institution established in 1950 and located in Riverside, California, 58 miles roughly east-southeast of Los Angeles, CA. Original name: California Baptist College.
CBU offers over a dozen online master’s degrees, including specialization options. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health. This program requires 42 credits and the average completion time is 16 months. The curriculum covers the standard five facets of public health as well as strategic management of health services, and prepares students for playing a role in the health of people locally, nationally and globally. Graduates of the program are prepared for healthcare leader roles with challenges that include chronic conditions, infectious diseases, aging, disaster preparedness and others.
Sample courses: Applied Knowledge in Public Health; Biostatistics; Current Issues in Public Health ; Environmental and Occupational Health; Global Health; Health Law and Ethics; Principles and Methods of Epidemiology; Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation; Public Health Promotion and Disease Intervention; Public Policy and Healthcare Advocacy; Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health; Strategic Management for Public Health Services; The American Health Care System
Coolidge Sylvan Theatre, South Dakota State University (source)
South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a public university that was founded in 1881 as the Dakota Agricultural College. It is a research university that has land-grant status. SDSU’s main campus is in Brookings, SD. It also has centers in Sioux Falls, SD, some 60 miles south; Rapid City, SD, about 360 miles roughly west; and Pierre, SD, around 190 miles west.
SDSU offers over a dozen online master’s degrees (MS, MEd, MMC, MPH). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). This MPH program requires a total of 42 credits, with 36cr (12 courses) for Core courses and 6cr (two courses) for Electives. The curriculum covers the five main areas of interest for public health education: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health. The program is offered in joint with University of South Dakota (USD). Core courses and elective options are available from both institutions. See site or contact SDSU for details
Sample courses: Advanced Concepts in Infectious Disease; Advanced Epidemiology; Drugs of Abuse and Addiction; Environmental Health; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Lifespan; Maternal and Child Nutrition; Nutrition and Aging; Occupational Health; Parasitology; Program Evaluation; Public Health and Wellness; Public Health Practice; Public Health Project; Women and Children’s Health
National University (source)
National University (NU) is a 4-year, private, non-profit university that is based in La Jolla, California, about 13 miles roughly northwest of San Diego, CA, with dozens of campuses and learning centers in other parts of CA, as well as four other states (Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Virginia), plus an online division. It was founded in 1971 as Pikeville Collegiate Institute and is a member of the National University System.
NU offers 40+ master’s degrees, some of which are online. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH) with three Specializations: (1) Health Promotion; (2) Specialization in Healthcare Administration; (3) Specialization in Mental Health. This MPH requires a total 72 quarter units (qu), with 36qu (eight courses) for Core courses and the same for Specialization courses. Expected program outcomes for students include the ability to analyze and interpret health data, evaluating environmental factors, analysis of various aspects of health care organizations and more.
Sample courses: Global Public Health; HA Human Resources Management; Health Organization Management; Health Policy and Advocacy; Health Promotion Strategies; Healthcare Accounting/Finance; Healthcare Information Systems; Healthcare Leadership; Healthcare Planning and Marketing; Mental Health Promotion; PH Aspects of Drug Addiction; PH Aspects of Human Sexuality; PH Aspects of Violence; PH Program Evaluation; Psychosocial Epidemiology; Public Health Program Develop; Public Health Promotion; Public Health Biology; Public Health Informatics; Quality Appraisal and Evaluation
Des Moines University (source)
Des Moines University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1898 and located in Des Moines, Iowa, about 193 miles roughly north-northeast of Kansas City, MO. Original name: Dr. S.S. Still College and Infirmary of Osteopathy and Surgery.
DMU offers two online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH) with three Concentrations: (1) General Public Health; (2) Health Service Management; (3) Health Promotion. This MPH program focuses on promoting wellness and protecting people from various threats. Credit requirements are 46, with 19cr for Public Health Core courses, 6cr for Electives, 6cr for Capstones and 15cr for Concentration courses. Students also participate in a 180-hour internship. Courses range from 1-3 credits. The MPH can be take as part of a dual degree program, with several options for the second degree including a clinical degree, an MHA, or additional options at partner universities.
Sample courses: Basic Statistics and Research; Cardiovascular Epidemiology; Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation; Epidemiology; Foundations of Global Health; Global Health Policy, Practice and Partnerships; Health Care Economics and Policy Theory; Health Care Financial Management; Health Education/Health Promotion: Techniques in Technology; Health Information Management; Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals; Maternal and Child Health; Nutritional Epidemiology; Occupational and Environmental Health; Organizational Development; Overview of the U.S. Health Care System; Policy and Practice: Emergency Preparedness; Public Health Administration and Management; Public Health Biology; Public Health Law, Ethics and Policy
Concordia University-Nebraska (CUNE) is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1894 and located in Seward, Nebraska, about 25 miles roughly west-northwest of Lincoln, NE. It is part of the Concordia University System. Affiliation: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
CUNE offers over two dozen online master’s degrees (including concentrations). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: MPH with two Specializations: (1) Community Health Education, (2) Health Policy and Administration. This MPH covers the five main aspects of public health, including “biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences,” and aims at developing a range of relevant skills including the design and implementation of public health programs and more. Total credit requirements are 39, with 21cr for Core courses, 6cr for Capstones and 12cr for courses for the two Specializations.
Sample courses: Applied Epidemiology; Applied Research in Public Health; Biostatistics; Community Health; Concepts of Environmental Health; Fundamentals of Public Health; Global Health; Health Policy and Management; Human Resource Management in Health Care; Leadership and Organizational Management in Health Care; Marketing Public Health; Marketing Public Health; Methods of Research in Public Health; Principles of Health Behavior; Programming and Evaluation in Public Health; Public Health Ethics; Public Health Field Practicum; Public Health Finance
Ferris State University is a public institution established in 1884 and located in Big Rapids, Michigan, about 57 miles roughly north-northeast of Grand Rapids, MI. Original name: Big Rapids Industrial School.
FSU offers five online master’s degrees. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). This MPH program requires 42 credits and can be completed within two years. Core courses (seven) take up 21cr, Capstone/ Synthesis courses take 9cr, and the remaining 12cr are for Electives. For future undergrad students, FSU has an accelerate-track BSPH to MPH dual-degree program that can be completed within five years.
Sample courses: Biostatistics in Public Health; Cultural Diversity and Competence in Public Health Practice; Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health; Epidemiology in Public Health; Grant/Research Proposal Writing in Public Health; Health Behavior and Health Promo in Public Health; Health Services Administration and Management in Public Health; MPH Capstone Project I, II; Public Health Concepts
NEOMED Education and Wellness Center (source)
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is a public institution established in 1973 and located in Rootstown, Ohio, about 18 miles roughly east of Akron, OH. Original name: Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy.
NEOMED offers four master’s degrees (plus one in partnership with Kent State), some of which are available online. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). This MPH program is a joint effort between NEOMED and several other universities based in the state of Ohio. Total credit requirement is 42, and courses are offered collectively in hybrid mode, with available online, through videoconferencing, or on-campus. Students are recommended to have two years relevant work experience, though it is not an admission requirement. There are nine core courses, including two public health capstone projects, plus a selection of electives (which can be taken at partner universities).
Sample courses: Biostatistics in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health; Epidemiology in Public Health; Grant Writing for Public Health Practice; Health Services Administration in Public Health; Public Health Concepts; Public Health Practice and Issues; Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
Grand Canyon University (source)
Grand Canyon University is a for-profit university established in 1949 and located in Phoenix, Arizona, the capital of the state and part of the metropolitan area nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. It was originally founded by Arizona Southern Baptists as Grand Canyon College, a non-profit institution, but has been for-profit since Feb 2004.
GCU offers online master’s degrees in 10 main topic areas including health/ medical. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master Of Public Health (MPH); MSN with Emphasis in Public Health. This MPH program requires 48 credits, with up to 12 eligible transfer credits. Courses run about eight weeks each. The multidisciplinary program covers several facets of public health, including environment, disease, socio-political factors, healthcare system and more. Courses are four credits, with the exception of two grad intro courses (2cr each). Students preferring a program leaning more towards Nursing might be interested in GCU’s online MSN with a Public Health emphasis (40 credits).
Sample courses: Biostatistics; Business/Project Plan Evaluation and Development; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Evidence-Based Research Project; Health Care Innovation; Health Care Research Methods, Analysis and Utilization; Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Health Care Professions; Networking and Professional Readiness; Public Health Administration; Public Health Policy; Public Health Practicum; Social, Behavioral, and Cultural Factors in Public Health
Hodson Hall, Indiana Wesleyan University (source)
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a 4-year, private, non-profit university based in Marion, Indiana, about 52 miles roughly southwest of Fort Wayne, IN. It was founded in 1920 as Marion College and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The student body represents over 80 Christian denominations.
IWUM offers over five dozen master’s-level degrees (including concentrations/ specializations) in business, communications, computer science, counseling and eight other topic areas — some of which are available as online degrees. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). This MPH requires 46 credits and covers five facets of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences. Courses run eight weeks and students take at least one at a time. All courses are three credits except the Capstone (1cr).
Sample courses: Advanced Epidemiology; Bioethics: Theory, Application, and Decision-Making; Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Global Health; Health Policy; Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation; Health Systems Administration and Management; Introduction to Epidemiology; Organizational Leadership in Health Care; Public Health Practicum; Research Methods; Rural Health; Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
Cumnock Hall, University of Massachusetts-Lowell (source)
University of Massachusetts-Lowell is a public university established in 1894 and located in Lowell, Massachusetts, about 35 miles roughly northwest of Boston, MA. It was originally founded as Lowell Normal School. UML has a baseball research center and, not surprisingly, a fair number of notable alumni who are athletes (baseball, hockey).
UML offers nearly two dozen online master’s degrees, as well as over a dozen grad certificates. For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). This MPH requires a BA or BS and GRE score — which can be waived if certain conditions are met. There are five focus areas: (1) Dietetics; (2) Epidemiology; (3) Nutrition; (4) Healthcare Management; (5) Population Health. The program requires 42 credits for completion, with five core courses (15 credits) and two praticums (6cr), plus seven Focus courses (21cr). The latter are interdisciplinary, covering a combination of Focus-specific courses, management, statistics, etc.
Sample courses: Introduction to Environmental Health; Introduction to Epidemiology; Health Policy and Management; Biostatistics for Health Data; Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health; MPH Practicum I, II
American Public University System (source)
American Public University System (APUS), which includes APU (American Public University) and AMU (American Military University), is a private, for-profit system of universities founded in 1991 and based in Charles Town, West Virginia, about 63 miles roughly northwest of Washington, DC. APUS is organized as an entirely online learning institution and has no campus.
APUS offers over three dozen master’s degrees online (MA, MS, MPA, MPH, MPP, MEd). For online master’s level programs in Public Health, they offer: Master of Public Health (MPH). The MPH requires 47 credits and is an interdisciplinary program. It covers topics such as health policy, disaster management, quarantine theories and strategy, emergency management, biostatistical data collection and much more. Students can transfer up to 15 credits. Three credits are for the Capstone, with the remaining 44cr assigned to Core courses (14 courses).
Sample courses: Biostatistics with Lab; Disaster Health Management; Emergency Management Health and Medical Issues; Epidemiology; Ethical Issues in Public Health; Health Care Administration; Health Policy; Public Health and Environment; Public Health in America; Public Health Practicum; Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation; Quarantine; Research Methods in Public Health; Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health