2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Public Health

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Our top nine most affordable online colleges offering master's degrees in public health have an average annual tuition of just over $10,000, with the lowest tuition of offered by Cleveland State University. Concentrations at schools on this list include community, occupational, environmental, and global health. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online public health degrees at the master's level.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Cleveland State University Annual Tuition $8,902
#2 #2 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $9,056
#3 #3 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $9,294
#4 #4 Concord University Annual Tuition $9,438
#5 #5 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $10,255
#6 #6 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,340
#7 #7 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $12,705
#8 #8 Kaplan University Annual Tuition $12,942
#9 #9 New Mexico State University Annual Tuition $13,988
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,902
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Cleveland State University’s online Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Community Health Promotion gives students a multidisciplinary background in public health. The program typically attracts students with undergraduate degrees in nursing, sociology, psychology, and allied health. CSU offers students enrolled in its Community Health Promotion program a range of coursework including health education program implementation and evaluation, substance abuse, consumer health, nutrition, disease prevention, and law. Students can complete this 34-credit program for less than $9,000 in tuition costs each year.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,056
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Graduate students can earn a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree emphasizing the needs of rural communities for only $9,056 per year at South Dakota State University. The 36-credit online M.P.H. program, offered in partnership with the University of South Dakota, engages students with coursework in five areas: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health. To gain practical knowledge of rural health issues, SDSU’s M.P.H. students get hands-on experiences at agencies such as South Dakota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Indian Health Services, and the South Dakota Department of Health.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,294
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • The University of Illinois-Springfield has several online options for graduate students seeking a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) or a public health certificate. Students can enroll in a general concentration M.P.H. track or earn the degree with a concentration in environmental health. The university also offers joint M.P.H./M.P.A. degrees and a fast-track option for medical doctors and other health professionals with doctoral degrees. Graduate certificates in public health concentrations include epidemiology, emergency preparedness and homeland security, community health education, environmental health, and environmental risk assessment.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,438
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Concord University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Health Promotion prepares graduates for careers public health agencies, schools and other health organizations. The 33-credit online program enhances undergraduate degrees such as sociology, psychology, and allied health, and includes coursework on health subjects such as obesity, epidemiology, and interventions. Students also complete a foundations course, study trends and issues in public health, and participate in a practicum. Program completion qualifies graduates to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialing exam.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,255
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Graduate students can earn a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree emphasizing the healthcare needs of rural communities for only $10,255 at University of South Dakota. The 42-credit, online M.P.H. program, offered in partnership with the South Dakota State University, engages students with coursework in five areas: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health. Electives include courses in bioinformatics, strategic management of healthcare organizations ,and social justice in rural communities.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Liberty University Online offers a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) with three concentration areas: global health, nutrition, and health promotion. Students take a variety of courses including epidemiology, public health administration, disease prevention and nutritional health. LU’s M.P.H. requires 42 credits for completion and costs $11,340 per year. Students can enhance their existing degrees with related certificates like Health Promotion, or earn the certificates prior to transitioning to the M.P.H. degree program.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,705
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and CEPH
  • Priced at just $12,705 per year, students can enroll in the University of Massachusetts - Amherst’s online program to earn a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) with a concentration in Public Health Practice or an M.P.H. with a concentration in Nutrition. The university also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Global Health. UMassAmherst typically admits working professionals such as medical doctors, nurses, registered dieticians, allied health professionals, and other health care workers to its M.P.H. programs. The 15-credit certificate program provides courses in international health, infectious diseases, and human rights.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,942
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, NEASC CIHE, and DEAC
  • Students enrolled in Kaplan University’s online M.P.H. program can take courses such as health care statistics, health behavior, and epidemiology to complete the degree. Electives such as disaster management, grant writing, chronic disease epidemiology, and data management systems also count toward the degree. An on-site practicum is required to complete this 56-credit degree program. KU’s M.P.H. courses carry four academic credits each.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,988
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CEPH
  • Students enrolled in New Mexico State University’s online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program can complete the 48-credit course of study in about three years on a part-time basis. Students can also earn the university’s online, 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Public Health program. NMSU’s public health courses include community and psychosocial aspects of public health, epidemiology, health system administration, and organization and environmental public health issues.

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