2020 Most Affordable Online Public Health Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 9/13/2021
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 9/13/2021

These 21 colleges offer the most affordable online bachelor's in public health degrees. University of the Cumberlands is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of $5,970 annually for its BAS and BS in Public Health. Classes for these programs include Community and Environmental Health, Mental Health, Nutrition, Public Health Administration, Social Policy Analysis, and Substance Abuse. Mississippi University for Women comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $7,424 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's in public health degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 University of the Cumberlands $5,970
# 2 #2 Mississippi University for Women $7,424
# 3 #3 American Public University System $8,100
# 4 #4 University of Wisconsin-Superior $9,455
# 5 #5 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
# 6 #6 University of North Carolina at Greensboro $10,397
# 7 #7 Boise State University $10,500
# 8 #8 University of South Dakota $10,537
# 9 #9 Delaware State University $10,590
# 10 #10 Rivier University $10,800
# 11 #11 University of Missouri $11,622
# 12 #12 Old Dominion University $12,210
# 13 #13 The University of Texas at Arlington $12,393
# 14 #14 Roger Williams University $13,440
# 15 #15 Central Michigan University $13,454
# 16 #16 University of South Florida Online $13,547
# 17 #17 Bellevue University $13,600
# 18 #18 Murray State University $13,710
# 19 #19 The University of Arizona Global Campus $14,550
# 20 #20 Monroe College $14,760
# 21 #21 Johnson & Wales University-Online $14,850
#1
#1

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,072
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

Example Classes: Community and Environmental Health, Mental Health, Nutrition, Public Health Administration, Social Policy Analysis, Substance Abuse

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $7,424
Annual Tuition: $7,424
Annual Tuition: $7,424
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 708
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 105
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (662) 329-4750

Example Classes: Biostatistics for Public Health, Chronic Disease & Public Health, Environmental Public Health, Global Health, Infectious Diseases in Public Health, Public Health Interventions

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Foundations of Nutrition, Health Economics and Finance, Healthcare: Moral Issues, Leadership & Motivation, Public Health in America, Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health - General
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Nutrition and Wellness
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Public Health Informatics
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $9,455
Annual Tuition: $9,455
Annual Tuition: $9,455
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 572
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 244
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (715) 394-8101

Example Classes: Drugs, Health and Human Behavior, Human Sexuality, Human Structure and Function, Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management, Introduction to Physical Assessment and Exercise Evaluation, Pathophysiology of Disease/Prevention and Control

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education - Community/Public Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education - Community/Public Health Promotion (Maternal Child Health)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education - Community/Public Health Promotion (Public Health)
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - Community/Public Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - Community/Public Health Promotion (Maternal Child Health)
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - Community/Public Health Promotion (Public Health)
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Biological Concepts for Public Health, Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare, Evaluation Methods in Public Health, Healthcare Delivery Systems, Programming Planning in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Health

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Sociology - Community Health
  • BS Public Health
  • BS Community Health Education
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $10,397
Annual Tuition: $10,397
Annual Tuition: $10,397
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,058
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (336) 334-5000

Example Classes: Community Health, Environmental Health, Immigrant and Refugee Health, Income, Social Status, and Health, Public Health Data Analysis, The School Health Program

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,182
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,393
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (208) 426-1000

Example Classes: Collaborating for Change, Determinants of Health, Epidemiology, Health Education and Promotion Programming, Public Health Communications, Quality Improvement and Performance Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Health - Health Education and Promotion
#8
#8

University of South Dakota

Vermillion (SD)
Annual Tuition: $10,537
Annual Tuition: $10,537
Annual Tuition: $10,537
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,887
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,003
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 677-5301

Example Classes: Alcohol & Drug Use in Diverse Populations, Global Health, Health Literacy and Culture Care, Major Issues in Health and Human Services, Native Americans & Substance Use & Abuse, Patient Safety - Quality Improvement

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Undergraduate Public Health
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $10,590
Annual Tuition: $10,590
Annual Tuition: $10,590
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Average SATs: 840 -1010
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 0
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (302) 857-6060

Example Classes: Environmental Health, Health Disparities, Infectious Diseases and Injury Prevention, Lifetime Fitness and Wellness, School and Community Health Education, Substance Use and Abuse

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
#10
#10

Rivier University

Nashua (NH)
Annual Tuition: $10,800
Annual Tuition: $10,800
Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 327
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 423
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 888-1311

Example Classes: Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases, Food Safety and Hygiene, Global Health and Health Disparities, Health Policy and Politics, Health Promotion, Marketing and Social Communications, Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Public Health
#11
#11

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $11,622
Annual Tuition: $11,622
Annual Tuition: $11,622
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 679
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

Example Classes: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Public Health, Chronic Diseases and Public Health Approaches, Ethics in Public Health, Global Public Health and Health Care Systems, Health Care in the United States, Social and Behavioral Health Theory and Practice

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $12,210
Annual Tuition: $12,210
Annual Tuition: $12,210
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,736
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 683-3000

Example Classes: Critical Issues, Finance & Budgeting in Healthcare, Health Ethics and the Law, Healthcare Marketing, Public & Community Health Administration, The U.S. Health Delivery System

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Degree Completion)
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $12,393
Annual Tuition: $12,393
Annual Tuition: $12,393
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 11,255
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (817) 272-2011

Example Classes: Addictive Behaviors, Ethical Practices in Health Professions, Health and Human Disease, Health Issues in Vulnerable Populations, Physical Activity in Public Health, Public Health in Academic Settings

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $13,440
Annual Tuition: $13,440
Annual Tuition: $13,440
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 312
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 0
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (401) 253-1040

Example Classes: EMT Basic, Grant Writing, Health Information Systems and Technology, Public Health Culture and Diversity, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Social and Health Services Research Methods

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Healthy Communities
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthy Communities - Case Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthy Communities - Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthy Communities - Health Service Administration
#15
#15

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant (MI)
Annual Tuition: $13,454
Annual Tuition: $13,454
Annual Tuition: $13,454
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,387
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,715
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (989) 774-4000

Example Classes: Community Health, Environmental Health, Health and Aging, Healthy Lifestyles, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Responding to Emergencies

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Community Development - Health Sciences
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $13,547
Annual Tuition: $13,547
Annual Tuition: $13,547
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,049
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,419
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (813) 974-2011

Example Classes: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food and Culture, Foundations of Food Safety, Foundations of Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and Disease, Understanding U.S. Health Care

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.G.S. in Public Health
  • B.S.A.S. in Public Health
#17
#17

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,638
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100

Example Classes: American Red Cross: Responding to Emergencies, Exercise Physiology, Gender and Culture, Nutrition Through the Life Span, Public and Consumer Health Literacy, Wellness for Life

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education - Community Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education - Health Coaching
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education - School Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $13,710
Annual Tuition: $13,710
Annual Tuition: $13,710
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1028 -1213
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 622
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 809-3011

Example Classes: Biostatistics in Public Health, Chronic and Communicable Diseases, Human Resource Management in Health Care, Personal Health, Research Concepts in Food and Nutrition, Transitions

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health - Health Education and Promotion
  • Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health - Healthcare Administration
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $14,550
Annual Tuition: $14,550
Annual Tuition: $14,550
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 8%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,701
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,004
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (866) 711-1700

Example Classes: Communication Skills for Health & Human Service Personnel, Contemporary Issues, Trends, Health Law Ethics in Health & Human Services, Cultural Awareness in the Human Services, Health & Human Services Culture: The Helping Relationship, Research Methods in Health & Human Services

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA/Health and Human Services
#20
#20

Monroe College

Bronx (NY)
Annual Tuition: $14,760
Annual Tuition: $14,760
Annual Tuition: $14,760
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 601
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 107
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (718) 933-6700

Example Classes: Introduction to Counseling Theory, Pharmacy Fundamentals, Professional Communication, Psychology of Abnormal Behavior, Public Health and Epidemiology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Public Health
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $14,850
Annual Tuition: $14,850
Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 890
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 618
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (401) 598-1000

Example Classes: Abnormal Psychology, Comparative Healthcare Systems, Epidemiology, Health Policy, Ethics and the Law, Sociology of Aging, Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS - Public Health

Common Courses: Common Bachelor’s in Public Health Courses

A bachelor's program in public health blends courses in science, public policy, government support, and management. Some of the diverse courses often included in an online public health program include the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: Public health professionals need to understand basic medical terminology, concepts, and processes. In this course, students learn the essential components and systems of the human body and how they function. They also explore the causes, diagnoses, and treatments of common diseases.
  • Epidemiology: Public health professionals need to understand the factors that lead to the appearance and spread of diseases. Students learn how to use tools for evaluating and monitoring a population's health as well as strategies for controlling the factors that can lead to the distribution of disease.
  • Chronic Diseases: This course trains students to assess, manage, and implement programs addressing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart disease. Students learn how chronic diseases affect millions of people in the U.S. and pose a potential strain on our healthcare system and economy.
  • Public Health Administration: This introductory course provides a broad overview of the primary theories, concepts, values, and administrative practices in use today in the U.S. public healthcare system. Students discover some of the factors affecting public health, including the public health system, essential services, and contributing areas of specialized knowledge, such as biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, and healthcare policy.
  • Social and Behavioral Health: Social and individual behavior can have a significant impact on public health. This course examines how factors — such as culture, economic status, ethnicity, family, and gender — can influence a population’s perceptions and willingness to embrace change.

Financial Aid: Funding an Online Bachelor’s in Public Health

You may want to apply for financial aid if you're pursuing a bachelor's in public health. If you need help paying for your online degree, consider federal, local, and private scholarship opportunities, as these don't need to be repaid. A suitable public health work-study program will enable you to offset the cost of your education while gaining industry experience. You can also apply for student loans. Notably, federal and state loans have the cheapest repayment plans. Online students should verify whether they need to fulfill additional requirements to be eligible for aid.

Fill out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine what kinds of aid you're eligible to receive. Our FAFSA guide walks you through this complex form, including how to complete it accurately.

Where to Look for Additional Financial Assistance

You should consult your university or prospective college's financial aid department for information on financial assistance programs. To help pay for your public health degree, you may also consider applying to the scholarships below:

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

This annually awarded $20,000 scholarship is open to undergraduate students hoping to pursue a career in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Students must be U.S. citizens that are either enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a U.S.-based undergraduate program, and they must demonstrate exceptional financial need.

Catherine E. Philbin Public Health Scholarship

Starting at $500, this scholarship is for residents of Massachusetts pursuing a four-year degree (graduate students may also apply). Applicants must be residents of Massachusetts and enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

APHA Student Scholarship

The Arkansas Public Health Association annually offers one student $1,000 to help secure a public health degree. Awardees must be enrolled in an institution based in Arkansas, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be an APHA student member.


Is an Online Bachelor’s in Public Health Worth It?

A public health degree’s worth depends on your personal and financial circumstances. If you are willing and able to set aside the time and money for this pursuit, this degree can lead to gainful career opportunities in the growing healthcare industry.

The salary and job outlook for those with a bachelor’s in public health is generally favorable. Not only do online programs offer students experience, but graduating with a public health degree may also lead to earnings above the U.S. economy’s average of $41,950 per year. Below are some typical roles and corresponding salaries for public health graduates:

  • Health education specialists’ average annual salary is $48,140.
  • Although it may require additional work experience, medical and health services managers make approximately $104,280 per year.

Aside from potential earnings, consider the following advantages and possible drawbacks of pursuing an online bachelor's degree in public health:

Advantages:

  • An online degree in public health can be a relatively cheap way to develop unique skills, like cultural competence and biostatistics, which are applicable across multiple sectors.
  • Those with a public health degree may benefit from expanding career opportunities and job security in the future. Based on the healthcare industry’s size in 2020, it is projected to grow 16% by 2030, which amounts to 2.6 million new jobs.

Drawbacks:

  • A bachelor's degree is often insufficient if you want to pursue advanced roles in the healthcare industry. To grow in this field, you will likely need a master's in public health.
  • Online students that don't participate in ample fieldwork may not gain the same level of exposure and hands-on experience as those completing an in-person public health undergraduate program.