2020 Most Affordable Online MPH Programs

2020 Most Affordable Public Health Masters Degrees Badge

These 25 schools make up the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in public health, with all of their annual tuition rates priced at less than $13,000. New Mexico State University, ranked #1, offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH) for only $5,593 per year. Classes include Biostatistical Applications in Public Health, Community and Pyschosocial Aspects of Public Health, Environmental Public Health Issues, Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Control and Prevention, and the Techniques of Health Communication/Education. Columbia Southern University comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $5,670 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $5,593
# 2 #2 $5,670
# 3 #3 $5,775
# 4 #4 $6,804
# 5 #5 $7,424
# 6 #6 $7,525
# 7 #7 $7,867
# 8 #8 $8,400
# 9 #9 $8,820
# 10 #10 $9,605
# 11 #11 $9,774
# 12 (tie) #12 (tie) $9,781
# 12 (tie) #12 (tie) $9,781
# 14 #14 $10,820
# 15 #15 $11,050
# 16 #16 $11,200
# 17 #17 $11,286
# 18 #18 $11,529
# 19 #19 $11,636
# 20 #20 $11,760
# 21 #21 $12,017
# 22 #22 $12,075
# 23 #23 $12,180
# 24 #24 $12,200
# 25 #25 $12,915
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,593
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,602
  • Example Classes: Biostatistical Applications in Public Health; Community and Pyschosocial Aspects of Public Health; Environmental Public Health Issues; Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Control and Prevention; Health Services System: Administration and Organization; Techniques of Health Communication/Education

New Mexico State University (NMSU) offers an online Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Behavior and Promotion (HBHP) or Health Management, Administration, and Policy (HMAP). Students in the 42-credit program must attend an on-campus orientation at the beginning of their first semester. Students can complete the remaining degree requirements online, including 15 credits of core courses, 18 credits of concentration courses, three credits of cultural foundation courses, and three field experience credits. Students in the HBHP concentration may choose between a thesis and non-thesis option, while students in the HMAP track must select the non-thesis option. The program can be completed in 3-4 years.

Online courses are asynchronous and delivered through the Canvas learning management system. Online learners will also utilize Skype, Zoom, and Adobe Connect technology. Students can pay for tuition per-credit-hour and enroll in a payment plan. Active military students are eligible for reduced tuition rates. There are many awards available to current graduate students, including the Mike Watts Outstanding Leadership Award, Merit-based Enhancement Award, and more. Students have access to the ICT Help Desk and electronic library resources.

Applicants must submit an institutional application to NMSU and the graduate program supplement application. After applying, prospective graduate students will be contacted via email with additional instructions.

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health: Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Master of Public Health: Health Management, Policy and Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,859
  • Example Classes: Applied Biostatistics; Concepts of Environmental Health; Grant Writing in Public Health; Law and Ethics in Public Health; Public Health in Genetics; Public Health Research Methods

Columbia Southern University (CSU) offers an online Master of Public Administration degree. The 36-credit program focuses on resolving societal problems regarding ethics, policy, and more. Students are required to complete 24 credits of major courses, including Public Administration Ethics, Organizational Policy, and Strategic Planning, in addition to 12 credits of concentration courses. Students must develop a comprehensive personal leadership training plan in the Critical Issues in Leadership course.

Online coursework is asynchronous, and students must complete assignments within set deadlines. Students may enroll in a self-paced study option; however, this program is not eligible for financial aid. CSU accepts transfer credits for previously earned academic credits or professional experience and offers a reduced tuition rate for active duty military members. Additionally, students can pay tuition through weekly, biweekly, or monthly payment options. Tuition fees cover the cost of textbooks. Multiple scholarships are available for military and public safety personnel, such as the Robert G. Mayes Memorial Scholarship and the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship. Additionally, the Knight Scholarship is intended for prospective students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate online degree program.

Students must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to apply to the graduate program. Applicants must submit a completed application and official transcripts.

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health-General
  • M.S. Occupational Safety and Health
  • M.S. Occupational Safety and Health-Environmental Management
  • Master of Public Health-Community Health Education
  • Annual Tuition: $5,775
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,879
  • Example Classes: Biostatistics; Environmental Health Sciences; Foundations of Health Promotion in Diverse Communities; Health Program Planning and Evaluation in Diverse Communities; Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions; Public Health Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness

Lamar University offers an online Master of Public Health program that focuses on health issues that affect low socioeconomic populations, including how to approach and control major environmental health problems. The 42-credit curriculum includes 27 credits of core courses, nine credits of electives, and a 6-credit capstone course sequence where students develop a research proposal and seminar. The core courses cover theories in social and behavioral sciences, health program administration, and research methods in diverse populations. Students can complete the program in 24 months.

Online classes follow an asynchronous format. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, where students can access pre-recorded video lectures and simulations, submit assignments, and participate in discussion boards. Students have the option to pay tuition by the course. Military and veteran students can receive credit for prior military training or education. The application fee is waived for active duty military members. Online students have access to technical support and electronic library resources.

To apply, students must submit an online application (with fee) and official transcripts; however, community college transcripts are not required for graduate applicants. Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $6,804
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,359
  • Example Classes: Developing and Evaluating Global Public Health Programs; Health Care in the United States; Health Promotion Campaign Successes and Failures; Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health; Mental Health Policy; Public Policy Processes and Strategies

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health in Health Promotion & Policy
  • Master of Public Health in Veterinary Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $7,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 206
  • Example Classes: Community Health Education Methods; Environmental and Occupational Health; Gender Issues in Health; Nutrition for Health; Stress Management; Survey of Human Disease

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $7,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,533
  • Example Classes: Epidemiological Surveillance; GIS and Spatial Analysis in Public Health; Health Policy; Public Health Information Systems and Data Management; Public Health Law

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,867
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,371
  • Example Classes: Biostatistics; Community Health Leadership; Environmental Health for Public Health Professionals; Essentials in Epidemiology; Public Health Management and Policy; Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health - American Indian Public Health
  • Master of Public Health - Community Health Sciences
  • Master of Public Health - Food Safety
  • Master of Public Health - Management of Infectious Diseases
  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,342
  • Example Classes: Disaster Health Management; Emergency Management Health and Medical Issues; Ethical Issues in Public Health; Public Health in America; Quarantine

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Homeland Security - Emergency Management and Public Health
  • Master of Public Administration - Health Policy
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Policy - Health Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $8,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,362
  • Example Classes: Advanced Foundations of Health Promotion; Health Disparities; Sexuality Education: Theory and Practice; Techniques of Research in Health; Theories of Health Behavior; Worksite Health Promotion Programs

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Health Studies - Health Promotion
  • Master of Public Health
  • MS in Human Nutrition - Community
  • MS in Population Health Sciences (Non-Thesis Option)
  • MS in Population Health Sciences (Thesis Option)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,605
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,346
  • Example Classes: Biological Basis of Public Health; Global Environmental Health Policy; Grant Writing for Public Health; Health Care Organization, Finance, and Delivery; Program Evaluation; Value-Based Health Care

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.P.H. in Public Health Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $9,774
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,761
  • Example Classes: Analytical Epidemiology; Community Health Education; Economics for Policy Analysis; Environmental Risk Assessment; Epidemiology of Infectious and Chronic Diseases; Public Health in the Political Arena

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health - Environmental Health
  • Master of Public Health/Master of Public Administration Joint Degree
  • Annual Tuition: $9,781
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,560
  • Example Classes: Environmental Health; Maternal and Child Nutrition; Nutrition and Aging; Parasitology; Rural Health Policies and Education; Women and Children's Health

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $9,781
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,476
  • Example Classes: Drugs and Behavior; International Health Systems; Promotion of Health and Prevention of Disability; Public Health and Native American Communities; Public Policy and Addiction; U.S. Health Services System

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $10,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,094
  • Example Classes: Applied Communications in Health Professions; Health Behavior Theories; Health Policy Leadership; Principles of Environmental Health; Statistical Methods in Health Sciences

Online Master's Degrees

  • Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Public Health Concentration
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,118
  • Example Classes: Design of Community Health Programs and Interventions; Environmental Determinants of Health; Evaluation of Community Health Programs; Population Health and Community Organizing; Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health; Strategic Health and Human Services Leadership

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $11,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,783
  • Example Classes: Health Communication; History and Philosophy of Public Health; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Law and Ethics; Public Health Perspectives on Chronic Disease; Rural Health System

Online Master's Degrees

  • Accelerated Bachelor’s + Master’s Public Health
  • Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health Dual Degree
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health/Physician Assistance Dual Degree
  • Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 21,375
  • Example Classes: Biostatistics; Health Policy and Management; Population-Based Epidemiology; Principles of Environmental Health; Program Planning and Evaluation for Public Health; Social and Behavioral Sciences

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) - Global Health
  • MS in Public Health
  • MS in Public Health - Global Health
  • Annual Tuition: $11,529
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,087
  • Example Classes: Assessing & Managing Environmental Risks; Finance for Health Professionals; Fundamentals Of Air & Water Pollution; Health Economics and Public Health Policy; Health Insurance & Managed Care; Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health

Online Master's Degrees

  • MPH
  • MPH - Environmental & Occupational Health
  • MPH - Epidemiology
  • MPH - Health Behavior
  • MPH - Health Care Organization
  • MPH - Population Health/MBA - Coordinated
  • Annual Tuition: $11,636
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 14,936
  • Example Classes: Biostatistics I; Data Management/Computing; Epidemiologic Methods I; Introduction to Health Policy & Management; Principles of Environmental & Occupational Health; Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
  • Annual Tuition: $11,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,094
  • Example Classes: Environmental Health; Foundations in Public Health; Health Behavior; Public Health Leadership and Administration

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $12,017
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,062
  • Example Classes: Applied Health Communication; Consumer Health in Contemporary Society; Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs; Health Promotion Research Methods; Race, Ethnicity, and Health: Examining Health Inequalities; Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health - Health
  • Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior - Professional
  • Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $12,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,073
  • Example Classes: Community Organization and Health Promotion; Computational Public Health Statistics; Environmental Health; Health Services Organization; Multicultural Communication for Health Professionals; Principles and Skills of Health Administration

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health - Community Health Education
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Annual Tuition: $12,180
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,103
  • Example Classes: Applied Research in Public Health; Epidemiology in Public Health; Health Care Finance; Health Promotion Program Planning; Public Health Program Evaluation; Strategic Planning & Management in Public Health

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health - Biostatistics
  • Master of Public Health - Emergency Preparedness
  • Master of Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Master of Public Health - Epidemiology
  • Master of Public Health - Health Promotion
  • Annual Tuition: $12,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 15,531
  • Example Classes: All Hazards Preparedness; Community Health Project; Culture, Ethnicity, and Health; Global Health; Public Health Issues of the Elderly; Substance Abuse: Prevention and Intervention

Online Master's Degrees

  • MHS - Child Protection - Public Health & Child Protection
  • MPH
  • MS - Disaster and Emergency Management - Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $12,915
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,078
  • Example Classes: Communicable Disease Epidemiology; Nutritional Epidemiology; Public Health and Childhood Obesity; Public Health and Diabetes; Public Health Emergency Management; Violence as a Public Health Problem

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Health in Nutrition
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice