Best Online
Public Health Master’s Programs

2017_MastersDegree.com-best-online-programs-public-healthThe field of public health is multidisciplinary, which means that a master’s degree can open up numerous employment paths for program graduates. Epidemiologists, survey researchers, health administrators, safety engineers, environmental scientists and statisticians are just some of the professionals who have entered their fields with a graduate degree in public health. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for Medical and Health Services Managers alone is extremely promising and expected to increase by 23% by 2022.

Master’s programs delivered entirely online or in hybrid format are considered just as reputable as their classroom-based counterparts, with most academic institutions using the same faculty members and issuing identical degrees across learning formats. In a Forbes article, Avaya’s Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies Brett Shockley, explains, “the experience will be close enough to promote real learning, and to personalize instruction to each learner more precisely than any in-person seminar possibly could.”

These top 50 master’s programs in public health have been ranked by factors addressed within our methodology.

Our Methodology

Our rankings methodology begins with two crucial factors:

The school's commitment to consistently rewarding degrees - We pit the number of students awarded a master's degree in the most recent academic year against total graduate student enrollment for the same year. The more degrees awarded, relative to the student population, the more the school prioritizes helping their students complete programs and obtain degrees.

The school's commitment to online graduate education - We look at the total number of master's programs offered by a school compared to the number of online master's programs offered. This tells us the school is committed to providing a quality, online program that compliments, or even goes beyond, their on-campus graduate offerings. It is also an indicator of the school's commitment to working students who need no small amount of flexibility in order to pursue an education and advance their career.

From there, we confirmed that the school offered the following services, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS):

  • Academic/Career Counseling Service
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Placement Services for Completers

These services are the essential indicator that a school understands how to bridge the gap between their online master's programs and the working world. Any school lacking in these basic services was not included in our final list.

All data referenced above is sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, overseen by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Public Health Resources

  1. 1

    South University

    Location

    Savannah, GA

    Tuition

    • $17,010 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • 709 Mall Blvd
      Savannah, GA 31406

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    What to Expect

    • Virtually all of the MPH curriculum at South University can be completed online, with the exception of the PHE6980 Practicum in Public Health, which takes place at a public health office located in the student's area of residence. Maryland residents are not eligible to take this course and will need to contact an academic advisor before enrollment.

      • The MPH program can be completed in as few as 32 months.
      • According to the Student Handbook, the maximum amount of time to complete a degree program is five years after enrollment.
      • Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and official transcripts from all attended academic institutions.

    The Online Environment

    • South University uses an Education Management Corporation (EDMC) online course platform. The virtual classroom environment contains weekly assignments, course overviews, graphics and relevant lectures. Online students have the option of joining their graduating classes for an in-person commencement ceremony, which is hosted in Savannah, Georgia. The ceremonies are open to all SU schools and colleges that offer online degree programs.

  2. 2

    Canisius College

    Location

    Buffalo, NY

    Tuition

    • $13,500 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The MS in Community and School Health can be completed 100% online. To qualify for admission, applicants must submit a statement of purpose, a transcript from a completed or in-progress bachelor's degree program and a resume.

      This graduate degree program can be completed within a single year, with a maximum of five years to finish the degree requirements.

    The Online Environment

    • Online courses have a classroom cap of 12 students for each instructor. Courses are delivered through a blend of the Desire2Learn software and ANGEL mail, which supports online scheduling, live chats, web conferences and classroom file access.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #103 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Online Graduate Education Programs"

    • The user friendly web site, expertise of professors and flexibility have all worked together to provide me a quality, stimulating avenue to learn.

      Juanita Gryfinski, Registered Nurse and Canisius MSC Graduate
  3. 3

    Benedictine University

    Location

    Lisle, IL

    Tuition

    • $15,832 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • BU offers an online MPH degree program that gives students the option to earn an additional certificate in Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, Emergency Preparedness or Health Education and Promotion.

      • While all courses are hosted online, students must complete an internship at a public health facility in the students' local area.
      • Prospective students must hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
      • Online MPH students with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply for $10,000 in scholarship funding from the Student Success Award.

    The Online Environment

    • The BenUConnect course system gives students 24/7 access to an online new student orientation, library resources, academic advising, course materials and chat sessions.
      Students enrolled at Benedictine also get to participate in a unique Online Student Network, which is like a social network designed exclusively for the 10,000 students who attend BU. You can see how many students are located within your own state by looking at their interactive student network map.

    • Doing the online MPH program gave me multitasking skills and the ability to keep working full time while taking classes…. I was put in charge of our health practices at my current job at a residential treatment facility.

      Laura Kornegay, MPH Student
  4. 4

    National University

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

    Tuition

    • $10,368 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • WASC/SCUC

    What to Expect

    • The School of Health and Human Services at NU provides an MPH program with classes that are completely online, with the exception of the COH691 Public Health Internship, which must be completed at a health care agency over the span of two months. Students enrolled in the MPH program have the option to specialize in Health Promotion, Healthcare Administration or Mental Health.

      • Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
      • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 must submit GRE, GMAT or Miller Analogies Test scores.
      • Applicants will also be expected to pass an interview before admission.
      • Courses taken at NU are valid for seven years.

    The Online Environment

    • National University uses the eCollege Platform to connect students with coursework, multimedia, email and discussions. This system can be accessed through desktop computers with up-to-date browsers and from mobile devices, including the Apple iPad.
      Prospective students who wish to test drive NU's online courses are welcome to try a demo digital class.

  5. 5

    Troy University

    Location

    Troy, AL

    Tuition

    • $6,084 annually-in-state
    • $12,168 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program with a concentration in Public Health Administration at Troy University can be completed online, with the exception of the PA 6694 Internship course requirement. Students can complete this program within one year and ten weeks.

      • Prospective students must submit a completed application, official transcript copies, a letter of recommendation, a personal essay and a resume.
      • Students must also submit their GMAT, MAT or GRE exam scores.

    The Online Environment

    • TU's online learning environment is called "eTroy," which is run by the Blackboard course management system. From here, students can access class materials, message boards, exams, digital publications, course syllabi and classroom communications.

      • Prospective graduate students can take an online orientation and assessment to see if they are prepared for distance-learning classes.
      • Scholars enrolled in eTroy can access unique scholarship opportunities, such as the Graduate Scholarship Program, the Troy Corporate Achiever Scholarship or the Troy Horizon Scholarship.
  6. 6

    National-Louis University

    Location

    Chicago, IL

    Tuition

    • $10,350 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MHA) program enables students to earn a graduate degree 100% online. Applicants are required to have at least one year of relevant work experience, three references, official transcripts, a bachelor's degree, a resume and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

      • The entire program can be completed in as few as 22 months.
      • NLU students have a maximum limit of six years to complete a graduate degree.

    The Online Environment

    • Students attending online classes meet for weekly intensive courses that cover topics such as Patient Care Operations, Health Care Finance, Marketing in Healthcare and Health Care Information Systems.

      • NLU uses the Desire2Learn online classroom platform, which gives you access to course files, forums, email, grades, group chats, collaborative widgets and exams.
      • Online students have access to most of the student services offered by NLU, including academic and career advising and tutoring.
  7. 7

    Independence University

    Location

    Salt Lake City, UT

    Tuition

    • $14,241 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • 4021 S 700 E Ste 400
      Salt Lake City, UT 84107

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • ACCSC

    What to Expect

    • Independence's Master of Public Health can be completed fully online, no practicum is required. Coursework provides students with a strong conceptual base from which to launch a professional career. Enrolled full-time, this program can be completed in 16 months.

      • Courses include biostatistics, health services administration, epidemiology and environmental health sciences
      • Graduates are employed in public, private and nonprofit organizations.

      To apply, students are encouraged to get in touch with an in-house admissions consultant and financial planner first. These two contacts assist prospective students with the applications process.

    The Online Environment

    • Students enrolled in digital degree programs have access to an Online Support Center and Knowledge Base system, which provide assistance for the LearningStudio education management system used by IU. LearningStudio gives students access to general course information, email, discussion forums, assignments and exams.

    • During my enrollment I was learning practical skills I could implement immediately to my work. After graduation, I got the job advancement I was looking for. I would recommend Independence University to anyone that wants a cost effective and flexible way to reach their educational goals.

      Ramar Jette, Health Services Management Graduate (Online)
  8. 8

    Lamar University

    Location

    Beaumont, TX

    Tuition

    • $5,544 annually-in-state
    • $11,916 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Health Promotion offered by the College of Education and Health Development can be completed fully online and provides students with an option between thesis or non-thesis completion tracks.

      • Prospective students must submit an online application, official college transcripts detailing the completion of a bachelor's degree and scores for the GMAT or GRE to be considered for admission.
      • MS in Health Promotion applicants can check if their GPA and standardized test scores meet the required threshold by multiplying their cumulative GPA by 200 and then adding this figure to one's GRE total score. This sum must be equal to or higher than 1350.

    The Online Environment

    • Students will log onto the Blackboard course management system to access course materials, participate in class discussions, submit assignments and take exams. Lectures are provided to students in video format and will require Adobe Flash. Students must contact their instructors directly to get support for educational content provided by specific publishers.
      The myLamar Gateway gives students access to additional online resources, including a scholarship database, an IT service desk, course evaluation forms and a database of faculty syllabi.

  9. 9

    Western Kentucky University

    Location

    Bowling Green, KY

    Tuition

    • $9,800 annually-in-state
    • $12,800 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Prospective speech pathologists can earn a Master in Science in Communication Disorders by taking online courses and earning clinical experience hosted at a site that meets standards defined by the Academic Coordinator for Clinical Education (ACCE).

      • To qualify for admission to this MS degree program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the last 60 credit hours of coursework, score 3.5 on the GRE writing portion and 143 on the GRE verbal section.
      • Along with the online application, prospective students must also submit official transcripts, three references and a one-page essay about one's desire to become a speech pathologist.

    The Online Environment

    • Prospective graduate students have two ways to take courses online: enroll in semester-based, web courses or join open-enrollment, WKU OnDemand courses which can be completed within seven weeks to nine months. Semester-based courses are held on the Blackboard course management system, which gives students access to course materials, message boards, grades, assignments and exams.
      Online students also gain access to several student services, including online tutoring, academic advising, a digital library and career services professionals.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • WKU was ranked 31st among regional universities in the south by U.S. news & World Report.
  10. 10

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Location

    Rochester, NY

    Tuition

    • $37,236 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • RIT's College of Health Science and Technology offers prospective healthcare leaders with the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Health Systems Administration completely online. This graduate program can be completed in as little as two years, however students have a maximum of seven years to earn the degree.

      • The admissions requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, official transcripts, a bachelor's degree, two letters of recommendation and a program application.
      • Prospective students are also required to complete an admissions interview.

    The Online Environment

    • Some courses operate on a synchronous schedule, which means that students meet at set times using web conferencing, conference call or text chat utilities. RIT uses the myCourses online education management system, which gives students access to cloud file storage, forums, exams and assignments.
      Online students also gain access to the following resources: email and phone tech support, the Wallace Center's digital library, test proctoring and a new student orientation.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #11 on the BestSchools.org Best Online Colleges 2014 list

    • [RIT's online courses] provided the perfect forum. The coursework is terrific. I learned a ton. I'm thrilled about it all.

      Joseph Geary, Former Surgeon and RIT MS Graduate
  11. 11

    Argosy University – Phoenix Online Division

    Location

    Phoenix, AZ

    Tuition

    • $19,467 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Argosy University allows students to earn a graduate degree almost exclusively online, with the exception of two field experience courses that takes place over 15 weeks. Students must also complete a capstone project that highlights the impact of health policies on society.

      • To apply, prospective students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a bachelor's degree.
      • Applicants must also submit a personal statement and official transcripts along with their completed admissions form.

    The Online Environment

    • Online courses at Argosy University are asynchronous, allowing students to sign on at any time, 24/7, to review and complete their coursework. Argosy relies on the CampusCommon course management system, which allows students to access course materials and communication systems.

      • Students gain access to a wide range of support services, including counseling, tutoring, disability services and health insurance.
      • Argosy maintains an Alumni Connections social network, which allows you to update your community profile, connect with alumni and browse job postings.

    • My choice to build an education for myself and my children so our future will be more rewarding is the best decision I could have made.

      Vivian May, Student
  12. 12

    Northeastern University

    Location

    Boston, MA

    Tuition

    • $30,384 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science for Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices offered by the College of Professional Studies can be completed fully online. Students do not need to fulfill additional practicums or internships to complete this degree program. This MS degree can be earned within one year on a full-time student schedule or within two years for students attending part-time.

      • To qualify for admission, prospective students must have a bachelor's degree in a life sciences or pharmacy field.
      • Applicants must also submit a resume, two letters of recommendation and a 500-1000 word personal essay with their admissions form.

    The Online Environment

    • Northeastern University utilizes the Blackboard online course management system, along with three other learning utilities: Collaborate for scheduled web conferences SMARTHINKING for remote tutoring and Voice Tools for social connections.

      • Generally, students are able to log on at any time to complete course work, but they may be required to meet at certain times online for discussions or exams.
      • Online graduate students gain access to several NEU student services, including academic advising, library databases, tutoring, Dean's List accolades and graduation assistance.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Northeastern University was ranked as the #4 Up-and-Coming school in the country and the 224th best global university by U.S. News & World Report.
  13. 13

    Kaplan University

    Location

    Davenport, IA

    Tuition

    • $9,240 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • 1801 East Kimberly Road
      Davenport, IA 52807-2095

    Career Services

    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Nearly all of the courses in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Kaplan University are provided online, with the exception of PU 680 and PU 690, which require on-site work experiences at public health organizations.

      • This degree program can be completed within approximately two years.
      • To apply, students must hold a bachelor's degree, submit an official transcript, complete an interview and make financial arrangements before classes begin.

    The Online Environment

    • Kaplan's proprietary online learning management system (LMS) allows students to access their email, academic materials, course listings, notifications, exam requirements and account information. Kaplan's LMS is also supported on a wide range of mobile devices, including the iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android phone and Android tablet.

  14. 14

    University of Illinois at Springfield

    Location

    Springfield, IL

    Tuition

    • $5,670 annually-in-state
    • $10,962 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Public Health (MPH) offered by the Department of Public Health at UIS can be completed entirely online.

      • Students may opt to take an internship course at the end of the year, but this is not required for the general MPH degree or for those specializing in Environmental Health.
      • Admissions requirements include three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a public health essay submission, a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    The Online Environment

    • UIS leverages the Blackboard learning management system to provide multimedia course materials to students. Once students log in, they can quickly access their course history, collaborative tools, current assignments, exams and classroom discussion boards.
      Students who wish to pursue research opportunities can work with faculty fellows through the COLRS Research Center, which is available to students enrolled in online or blended-format programs.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • The Sloan Consortium has awarded the University of Illinois both its Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Teaching and Learning Award and its Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education.
  15. 15

    University of Alaska Anchorage

    Location

    Anchorage, AK

    Tuition

    • $7,820 annually-in-state
    • $15,980 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCCU

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice program consists of online courses and required annual meetings in Anchorage. These meetings allow students to connect with their academic advisors in person, meet their peers and defend their capstone practicum thesis.

      • Admissions requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a writing sample, a bachelor's degree and a resume.
      • Students do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered for admission.
      • MPH students have access to two UAA scholarship opportunities: The Distance Learner Online MPH Scholarship and the MPH Scholarship for Textbooks.
      • Full-time students can usually complete this program within two years, while part-time students typically require three-and-a-half years.

    The Online Environment

    • UAA uses the Blackboard course management system to deliver class content, host discussions and share information. The eLearning Distance Learning Services department offers technical support to online students. The Department of Health Sciences also airs research-based podcasts, a unique digital resource for students enrolled in this online program.

  16. 16

    Teachers College at Columbia University

    Location

    New York, NY

    Tuition

    • $5,670 annually-in-state
    • $10,962 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Teachers College Graduate School of Education offers a Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management (DEDM) that can be completed fully online.

      • Admissions requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a bachelor's degree, a writing sample, relevant academic experience that prepares students for the Certified Diabetes Educator Certification Examination and two letters of recommendation.
      • This degree program can take three semesters to complete on a full-time schedule or six semesters part-time.

    The Online Environment

    • The Teachers College uses the Moodle course management system in conjunction with Gmail to deliver coursework and keep students connected. Students have access to several multimedia services, including video conferencing, cloud-based lecture capturing and available space for educational events.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #93 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Online Graduate Education Programs"

    • The DEDM Master’s degree program at Teachers College addresses the needs of the diabetes population not only from a clinical perspective, but also from the perspective of disease management through the lens of the person with diabetes and through the lens of stakeholders in the realm of diabetes disease management. ... The professors, courses and format in which the program is delivered are FIRST CLASS!

      Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali, DEDM Master's Graduate
  17. 17

    University of Wisconsin

    Location

    Eau Claire, WI

    Tuition

    • $7,640 annually-in-state
    • $16,771 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders provided by UWEC includes a curriculum of online courses supplemented by campus-based summer residency sessions and a clinical practicum experience. Students will spend a total of one week each year on campus, allowing them to meet their cohorts, get in-person advising and complete a capstone project.

      • Enrolled students can graduate from this degree program within three years of study.
      • To qualify for admissions, prospective students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75, a bachelor's degree and meet the program class pre-requisites.
      • Applicants need to submit their GRE scores, a hard-copy application form, official transcripts and a letter of intent to be considered for admissions. The average GRE scores for admitted students are 149.9 for verbal, 145.5 for quantitative and 3.92 for writing.

    The Online Environment

    • This college uses the Desire2Learn class management system, which gives students access to course materials, multimedia, discussions and collaboration tools.

      • Online courses include phonetics, anatomy, language development and audiology.
      • UWEC notes that students enrolled in this online program are only eligible for financial assistance in the form of loans.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • The Princeton Review named University of Wisconsin one the Top 50 Best Value public universities.
  18. 18

    Johns Hopkins University

    Location

    Baltimore, MD

    Tuition

    • $45,470 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Regulatory Science provided by the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences can be completed 100% online, with entry terms during the summer, spring and fall so that students can apply throughout the year. Students must complete 10 courses in order to graduate.

      • Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have taken biochemistry and cell biology at the collegiate level.
      • Applicants must also submit a personal statement, resume and official transcripts along with a completed admissions form.

    The Online Environment

    • Online classes are provided on an asynchronous schedule so that students don't have to sign on at specific times to complete coursework.

      • Johns Hopkins uses the Blackboard Course Management System to issue course materials, quizzes, assignments and classroom discussions.
      • To access educational multimedia, students need to install Adobe Flash, RealPlayer and Adobe Reader.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #1 for USNWR's Best Graduate Schools for Public Health
    • #2 for USNWR's Best Global Universities for Social Sciences and Public Health
  19. 19

    Elmhurst College

    Location

    Elmhurst, IL

    Tuition

    • $22,225 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Elmhurst College are able to complete nearly all of their classes online, with the exception of the MPH 570 Public Health Practicum.

      • Students can finish EC's MPH program at within 16 months.
      • This supervised learning experience spans 90 hours at a public health organization.
      • To apply, prospective students must have an undergraduate degree and complete a course in statistics with a minimum grade of C.

    The Online Environment

    • The proprietary Elmhurst College Online Center is a digital hub that allows students to access course materials, tests, technical support, assignments and previous grades. Courses that online students might take include epidemiology, community health programming and environmental health science.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Elmhurst was ranked the 10th Best Value school in the Midwest region by U.S. News & World Report.
  20. 20

    University of Denver

    Location

    Denver, CO

    Tuition

    • $39,744 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    The Online Environment

    • The online class schedule at the University of Denver is asynchronous, giving you the flexibility to log on at any time to participate in your classes.

      • The online learning management system allows students to access forums, tests, assignments, discussions and reading materials.
      • Denver's Penrose Library provides online students with an extensive electronic resource collection.
  21. 21

    Arizona State University

    Location

    Tempe, AZ

    Tuition

    • $10,300 annually-in-state
    • $21,080 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Healthcare Innovation (MHI) offered by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU can be completed fully online.

      • The internship portion of the degree program is optional.
      • This program has five starting terms throughout the year, allowing for multiple annual application deadline options.

    The Online Environment

    • ASU uses the LearningStudio course management system and Google Apps for Education so that students can communicate and learn together online. Students can access multimedia educational materials, collaborative utilities, forums and chat sessions from LearningStudio.

      • ASU recommends that students dedicate at lead six hours each week per course to class.
      • Students can attend a virtual student orientation online to gain familiarity with the ASU system.
      • Those pursuing the online MHI may qualify for the Health Innovation Scholarship, which is open to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #25 for U.S. News and World Report's "Top Grad Schools for Health Care Management"
    • #45 for USNWR's "Best Global Universities Rankings for Social Sciences and Public Health"
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    The Sage Colleges

    Location

    Troy, NY

    Tuition

    • $11,880 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Health Services Administration (HSA) offered by the School of Management at The Sage Colleges can be completed fully online, with the exception of the practicum.

      • Students have the option of choosing one of two degree specializations: Gerontology or Dietetic Internship.
      • Students have the option of taking the HSA degree with or without a research option in addition to their practicum experience.
      • To apply, prospective students must send SC: copies of all official transcripts, two recommendation letters, a resume and a personal essay regarding upcoming career goals.

    The Online Environment

    • The Sage Online division is affiliated with several academic and professional societies, including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Women's College Coalition. Sage uses the Moodle learning management system to deliver course materials, online exams and assignments.

    • Graduate school is where you deepen your knowledge and value as a professional in a 'grown up' setting. The relationships are richer with both professors and fellow students, contacts are made and together you all grow in your profession.

      Paul Scimeca, MS in Health Services Graduate
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    Tulane University of Louisiana

    Location

    New Orleans, LA

    Tuition

    • $44,950 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • TU has several noteworthy graduate degree programs available for students pursuing public health studies: a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene (MSPH), a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Disaster Management, a Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health and a Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety Management. The courses for all four of these degree programs can be completed online, with the exception of the practicum experience.

      • To meet Tulane's graduate admissions requirements, prospective students must submit GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and proof of a bachelor's degree along with a completed application form.
      • Applicants pursuing any of the MPH degree tracks should have three or more years of relevant work experience in the program's concentration area, along with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

    The Online Environment

    • TU uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver online coursework to students. This infrastructure supports class file management, forum discussions, scheduling, assignment submission, multimedia recordings and library materials access. TU uses the Wavemail email system for academic communications.

      MPH or MSPH courses include Introductory Biostatistics, Epidemiological Methods I, and Health Risk Assessment.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #13 for U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools for Public Health
    • #25 for USNWR's Best Grad Schools for Health Care Management
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    Indiana State University

    Location

    Terre Haute, IN

    Tuition

    • $6,714 annually-in-state
    • $13,194 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in public health offered by ISU can be completed 100% online. This distance learning program is only available to applicants who reside within the United States. ISU's online degree programs are not available to those who reside in Alabama and Massachusetts.

      • To apply, prospective students must meet undergraduate course completion requirements for anatomy and mathematics.
      • Additionally, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
      • If applying without a bachelor's degree in an allied health field, students should have at least two years of relevant work experience.
      • Prospective students must submit a resume, application fee, official transcripts and GRE scores to Indiana State University.

    The Online Environment

    • ISU has compiled several resources to assist new distance learners, including time-management surveys and online course guidelines.

      • This college uses the Blackboard learning management system, which allows students to access classroom wikis, chat rooms, blogs, discussion boards, assignments, exams and collaborative tools.
      • The online learning environment is mobile-friendly and supports both iOS and Android devices.
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    Boston University

    Location

    Boston, MA

    Tuition

    • $43,970 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master in Science in Health Communication (MSHC) provided by the Metropolitan College at Boston University can be earned fully online.

      • Students can complete the program within 18 months.
      • Along with their completed application, prospective students must submit proof of a bachelor's degree, a personal statement, a professional statement, a resume and GRE scores.

    The Online Environment

    • Boston University uses the Blackboard Learn system to provide distance learners with access to classroom assignments, forum discussions, chat sessions, exams and educational multimedia. Students can also find video and audio of lectures hosted on iTunes U, which can be downloaded to iOS mobile devices.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #11 for the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools for Public Health"
    • #11 for USNWR's "Best Grad Schools for Health Care Management"
    • #25 for USNWR's "Best Global Universities for Social Sciences and Public Health"
    • Received the Silver Award for Distance Learning Programming issued by the U.S. Distance Learning Association

    • In this program, I have found the highest standards of education I have ever been fortunate to experience throughout my lifetime.

      Leigh Wilding, MS in Health Communications Graduate
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    Lasell College

    Location

    Newton, MA

    Tuition

    • $13,800 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Communication with a concentration in Health Communication can be completed fully online. Full-time students can complete this program within 12 months, while part-time students can finish within 18 months.

      • Admissions requirements, include two letters of recommendation, official transcripts and a personal statement along with a completed admissions form.
      • Prospective students do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores for consideration at Lasell.
      • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred for applicants who do not already have at least three years of relevant work experience.
      • This academic institution accepts applications on a rolling basis, with terms beginning during January, March, May, July, September and October.

    The Online Environment

    • Lasell College uses the Moodle learning management system to provide students with course materials online. The classes follow an asynchronous schedule so that you can log on at any time to access your courses and participate. Each online course is delivered over the span of 8 weeks. Online class sizes are capped at a maximum of 23 students.

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    Texas Woman’s University

    Location

    Denton, TX

    Tuition

    • $4,053 annually-in-state
    • $10,425 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Health Studies program includes online classes, however students enrolled in the thesis option are expected to attend degree plan meetings on campus. Students who enroll in the non-thesis option can complete this program entirely online.

      • This MS program generally takes two to three years to complete.
      • Admissions requirements include GRE scores, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and a resume along with a completed application.

    The Online Environment

    • TWU uses the Blackboard online learning management system, giving distance learners access to educational multimedia, classroom files, assignments, exams, chat sessions and discussion boards. Students are encouraged to try out a Blackboard sample course to see what the system is like.
      Students enrolled in this master's program are provided with several funding opportunities, including graduate assistantships, the Mary Lynn Walker Drews Endowed Scholarship and the Janice Williams Health Education Endowed Fellowship.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #54 for the U.S. News and World Report's Best Grad Schools for Health Care Management list
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    Ashland University

    Location

    Ashland, OH

    Tuition

    • $5,688 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Department of Communication Studies offers a Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication (MAHRC) that can be completed entirely online within 18 months. The maximum amount of time students have to complete this program is five years.

      • This college is affiliated with several professional and academic organizations, including the Coalition of Health Communications, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Association of Public Safety Communication.
      • Prospective students do not have to submit GRE scores to be considered for admissions.
      • In order to graduate, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program.

    The Online Environment

    • Ashland University uses the Angel LMS Suite to deliver courses to students online. This college uses a blend of synchronous and asynchronous scheduling, which means that you will need to join your digital class at arranged times for some courses.

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    University of Illinois at Urbana

    Location

    Champaign, IL

    Tuition

    • $14,300 annually-in-state
    • $26,871 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Department of Communications provides a Master of Science in Health Communications degree program that is available fully online. Full-time students can complete this program within two years of study.

      • For admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
      • In addition to a completed admissions form, students must submit a resume, a statement of purpose, official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
      • Before graduation, students must complete a capstone thesis analyzing a complex healthcare issue.

    The Online Environment

    • UI uses the Blackboard learning management system to provide students with online coursework and discussion spaces. Digital classrooms run on an asynchronous schedule, so that students are free to log on at any time of the day or night. However, students will be expected to turn in coursework on a weekly deadline schedule. Online coursework students will encounter in this program include Health Informatics, Health Communication, and Social Marketing for Health and Behavior Change.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #68 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Global Universities for Social Sciences and Public Health"

    • Every class I have participated in has been informative and practical. I truly appreciate the ability I have to consistently interact with my professors and classmates and to engage in productive, engaging discussions about real-life situations and applications. I highly recommend this program if you are looking for flexibility while also seeking a top-notch education.

      Wilma Thomsan, Publishing Specialist and MS in Health Communications Graduate
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    The University of West Florida

    Location

    Pensacola, FL

    Tuition

    • $6,984 annually-in-state
    • $22,061 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Students attending the University of West Florida can earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) by taking online classes and completing an internship experience at a public health institution.

      • Admissions requirements include standardized graduate test scores (GMAT or GRE), a career goal statement, two writing samples, three letters of recommendation and a transcript listing their undergraduate GPA.
      • The School of Allied Health and Life Sciences adheres to the Quality Assurance Plan standards, which ensures regular academic evaluation.

    The Online Environment

    • UWF relies on several digital learning management systems to provide students with online courses.

      • The Atomic Learning platform provides access to video training sessions on technology and professional development topics.
      • Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that is used when online classes need to meet at pre-arranged times.
      • The majority of online classes are hosted on the Desire2Learn framework, while academic email services are hosted by Google's Gmail service.
      • Students using mobile devices can access some academic information from the MyClasses app.
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    New Mexico State University

    Location

    Las Cruces, NM

    Tuition

    • $5,398 annually-in-state
    • $18,821 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Department of Public Health Sciences at NMSU provides future public health leaders with the opportunity to earn a Master's in Public Health fully online.

      • Admissions requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, along with the submission of unofficial transcripts, writing samples, a personal statement, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores.
      • Part-time students can expect to complete the MPH program within three years.

    The Online Environment

    • NMSU uses the Canvas and Centra learning management systems to deliver coursework to distance learners online. Some potential topics of the online curricula include Biostatistical Applications, Public Health Services and Design and Environmental Public Health Issues.

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    Old Dominion University

    Location

    Norfolk, VA

    Tuition

    • $7,427 annually-in-state
    • $22,295 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Students attending one of the two Master of Public Health programs at ODU can take courses online while completing an internship on-site at a nearby public health organization. This college offers MPH program tracks in Environmental Health and Health Promotion and Education concentrations. These degree programs can generally be completed within two years.

      • To qualify for admissions, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5.
      • Prospective students must also submit official transcripts and GRE or GMAT scores along with a completed application.

    The Online Environment

    • Old Dominion University collaborates with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), and EVMS is the institution that issues the MPH degree upon graduation. Classes are held on a synchronous schedule, meaning that students will need to sign on at designated times to participate in discussions and lectures.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #42 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Online Graduate Education Programs"
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    University of South Carolina

    Location

    Columbia, SC

    Tuition

    • $11,640 annually-in-state
    • $24,960 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Students pursuing the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at USC can take all required classes online, except for practicum classes HPEB 798A and 798B, which are conducted at a public health organization. This two-year MPH program allows students to specialize in health promotion, education and behavior.

      • To apply, future students must possess a bachelor's degree and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
      • Applicants are also expected to submit GRE or GMAT scores, two recommendation letters, a resume and a personal statement.
      • The admissions panel will waive the GRE or GMAT requirement if applicants already have extensive professional experience in the public health field.

    The Online Environment

    • Courses are held on an asynchronous schedule, so students do not have to log in at specific times of the day to access course materials. The same public health instructors teach the online and campus-based courses, making the curriculum identical across the various learning formats.

      • USC uses the Distributed Learning system to deliver course materials to students online.
      • Some courses also use the Blackboard learning management system to facilitate message board and chat discussions or Adobe Connect for web conferencing sessions.
      • Students can also access a library of streaming video lectures that are hosted on the USC website.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #23 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools for Public Health"
    • #46 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Grad Schools for Health Care Management"
    • #15 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Online Graduate Education Programs"
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    University of Memphis

    Location

    Memphis, TN

    Tuition

    • $8,298 annually-in-state
    • $19,476 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • This academic institution offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) program that can be taken almost exclusively online, with the exception of the 240-hour practicum experience, which is completed at a public health organization or agency. Students enrolled in the online MPH program are only able to pursue the general degree track without specialization. The program can be completed online within 2 years.

      • The admission requirements for this MPH program include a bachelor's degree, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation.
      • Applicants must also submit scores from a graduate-level standardized exam such as the GMAT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT or DAT.
      • Before graduation, students will be expected to pass the MPH Comprehensive Examination, which is conducted during the defense of the students' theses.

    The Online Environment

    • The UM eCampus uses an asynchronous online class schedule, so that students can log on at any time of the day or night to attend classes. This academic institution uses the eCourseware learning management system to facilitate message board discussions, deliver course files, post educational multimedia and set up exams.

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    University of Oklahoma

    Location

    Norman, OK

    Tuition

    • $4,205 annually-in-state
    • $16,205 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Prevention Science at UO places an emphasis on substance abuse and addiction recovery support. This graduate degree program can be completed entirely online.

      • To apply, prospective students must first hold a bachelor's degree and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
      • Applicants are expected to submit copies of their official transcripts, resumes and a personal statement along with their applications.
      • The University of Oklahoma's College of Liberal Studies does not require GRE scores.

    The Online Environment

    • UO uses the Desire2Learn learning management system that delivers course content via message boards, interactive multimedia files and other online collaborative tools.

      • The courses are held on an asynchronous schedule so that students can participate in classes at any time during the day or night.
      • Students enrolled online have access to several support resources including a digital library, an American Disabilities Act office and technical assistance.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #46 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools for Health Care Management"
    • #25 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Grad Schools for Public Health"
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    Kent State University

    Location

    Kent, OH

    Tuition

    • $10,444 annually-in-state
    • $17,960 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The College of Public Health at Kent State University offers a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management; classes are fully online with the exception of a practicum experience. The 300-hour practicum is hosted at a community public health site that has been approved by a coordinator.

      • To apply, prospective students must submit a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, GRE scores and proof of a bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
      • Full-time students can complete the MPH program within two years, while part-time students usually need three years to graduate.

    The Online Environment

    • Kent State University Classes are hosted on an asynchronous schedule, giving students the flexibility to sign in to their classes at any time to participate. However, KSU does recommend that students sign in at least four times each week to keep up with new assignments.

      • KSU uses Blackboard learning management system to deliver course materials to students.
      • Distance learners engage with instructors and classmates through interactive assignments, shared digital files, discussion boards and audio and video recordings.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Kent State was listed as one of the Top 200 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
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    Florida State University

    Location

    Tallahassee, FL

    Tuition

    • $9,684 annually-in-state
    • $24,116 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Many classes in the Master of Science in Communication Disorders program are offered online, however, students must earn 400 clinical hours at a health care site in Florida. Due to the clinical experience requirement, this graduate degree program is available to Florida residents only.

      • This degree program takes ten semesters, or three years, to complete.
      • Admitted students who do not meet the prerequisite course requirements can enroll in a bridge program to receive these credits.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution uses the Blackboard learning management system, which allows students to engage with faculty and classmates through message boards, chat rooms, wikis and other collaborative tools.

      • Students have the option to rent or purchase eBooks from the online FSU bookstore.
      • Distance learners also gain access to a unique, digital new student orientation which allows attendees to learn about student services and the online classroom format.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #98 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Global Universities for Social Sciences and Public Health"
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    Liberty University

    Location

    Lynchburg, VA

    Tuition

    • $8,820 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Prospective graduate students can choose from three Master of Public Health (MPH) degree specializations offered by this Christian academic institution: nutrition, health promotion and global health. These MPH program can be completed within four semesters, or two years.

      • Classes are delivered almost completely online, with the exception of the HLTH 698 MPH Practicum, which is done at a coordinator-approved public health organization.
      • Liberty University admissions requirements include a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5.

    The Online Environment

    • Students enrolled in distance learning programs gain access to a wide range of academic support services, including digital library databases, the Online Writing Center, essay style guides, study aids and disability support.

      • Courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which allows students to engage with digital classes through shared files, interactive web assignments, discussion forums and educational multimedia.
      • Courses at LU are held on an asynchronous schedule, so students remain free to sign on to their digital classes at any time to view assignments and participate.
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    Loyola University

    Location

    Chicago, IL

    Tuition

    • $16,740 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Department of Public Health Sciences at LU offers two Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree tracks: a hybrid MPH in Epidemiology with online and campus-based courses, or an online MPH in Public Health Policy and Management.

      • Both of online degree programs have a practicum requirement that takes place at a public health agency.
      • To apply, prospective students must submit proof of a bachelor's degree; scores for the GRE, LSAT, GMAT or MCAT; a statement of purpose; two letters of recommendation; and official transcripts along with a completed admissions form.

    The Online Environment

    • Online classes at the Stritch School of Medicine are delivered via the Moodle learning management system. Before graduation, students must complete an ethical research training program online and a 210-hour practicum experience.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Loyola was ranked #106 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

    • Loyola’s MPH program was a perfect fit for my life as a busy full-time public health professional. The faculty provided a healthy balance of student-driven learning on their own time, such as recorded weekly lectures and readings, and more close contact with the students through synchronous webinars or phone calls allowing for class discussion, one-on-one instruction, and classmate collaboration.

      Gillian Conrad, MPH Student
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    University of Southern California

    Location

    Los Angeles, CA

    Tuition

    • $36,864 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • WASC/SCUC

    What to Expect

    • USC provides three online graduate programs for future public health professionals: a Master of Science in Regulatory Science and a Master of Science in Healthcare Decision Analysis, both offered by the School of Pharmacy, and a Master of Public Health offered by the Keck School of Medicine. Courses are delivered online, with the exception of the practicum and internship experiences.

      • These degree programs can be completed between 18 months and three years, depending on full-time or part-time enrollment.
      • To apply, prospective students must submit proof of a bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, official transcripts, a resume, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation and test scores from the GRE, GMAT or MCAT.
      • Applications for the Regulatory Sciences degree are only accepted once every two years.

    The Online Environment

    • USC uses a wide range of online educational tools, including the Blackboard learning management system, Lynda.com, the Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive and IWitness.

      • The Blackboard system allows students and professors to interact via class wikis, file sharing, discussion forums and chat sessions.
      • USC's Information Technology Services department provides distance learners with several services, such as data security tips, login assistance and troubleshooting.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • The Health Policy & Management program at USC was ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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    University of South Florida

    Location

    Tampa, FL

    Tuition

    • $8,350 annually-in-state
    • $19,047 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • USF offers seven online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs, includin: an executive MPH in Public Health Practice, an MPH in Epidemiology and an MPH in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief.

      • While courses are hosted online, some of these programs require students to participate in a field experience at a public health site that is local to students' communities.
      • Prospective students applying to the Executive MPH or the MPH in Public Health Practice programs must have at least three years of relevant work experience to be considered for admissions.
      • MPH applicants who reside outside of Florida may qualify for the Reduced Rate Program.

    The Online Environment

    • USF utilizes the Canvas learning management system to share course materials and facilitate discussions. Students can use this system to submit assignments, take exams, view multimedia and track grades. Canvas is also compatible with Apple iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. USF uses Google Apps to manage academic email.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #21 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools for Public Health"
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    West Virginia University

    Location

    Morgantown, WV

    Tuition

    • $7,218 annually-in-state
    • $20,286 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC, JRCERT

    What to Expect

    • The Online and Extended Campus at WVU offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree track that is comprised of online classes and a practicum hosted at a public health organization site. The MPH program takes four semesters, or two years, to complete.

      • This MPH online program is not available to Iowa or Minnesota residents.
      • To apply, prospective students must hold a bachelor's degree and have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
      • In addition to a completed admissions form, candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, official transcripts, a resume and a personal statement.

    The Online Environment

    • Online classes are hosted on an asynchronous schedule, so students have the freedom to participate in courses at any time of the day or night.

      • Students and faculty members use the eCampus learning management system to participate in online classes and discuss course materials.
      • WVU also uses the MIX system for school-wide email management.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • WVU was ranked in the Top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report.
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    University of Colorado Denver

    Location

    Denver, CO

    Tuition

    • $6,462 annually-in-state
    • $20,160 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Leadership and Public Health Practice can be completed entirely online or in a hybrid format. Enrolled students have the unique option of taking their practicum online or at a field location.

      • To apply, prospective students must have three years of relevant professional experience, a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. This college uses the SOPHAS centralized public health application system, which allows students to submit a single admissions form to several colleges at once.
      • In addition to the SOPHAS form, future students must also submit a personal essay, scores from a graduate-level exam, resume, official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
      • Students who reside in member states of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) may qualify for lower tuition rates.

    The Online Environment

    • Students can access their online courses through the Canvas learning management system, which supports shared files, discussion boards and exams.

      • Distance learners gain access to student support resources, including career counseling, online tutoring, library access and technical aid.
      • Prospective MPH students can test this learning platform by attending sample online courses first.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • University of Colorado - Denver was ranked in the Top 250 Universities in the world by U.S. News & World Report.
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    University of Akron

    Location

    Akron, OH

    Tuition

    • $7,430 annually-in-state
    • $12,678 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • This distance learning Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is offered in collaboration with five academic institutions: The University of Akron, Ohio University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Cleveland State University and Youngstown State University.

      • Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a cover letter and official transcripts.
      • To graduate, students must complete six core courses, elective courses, a capstone project and participate in a practicum.

    The Online Environment

    • UA relies on the Springboard and See-and-Share systems to deliver video conferences to students. This interactive system allows students from multiple colleges to participate in the classroom discussions.

      • Unlike the graduate programs listed elsewhere on this list, the University of Akron's MPH program is delivered through interactive teleconferences once a week - every Saturday.
      • Distance learners can review the capstone projects of previous program participants to get inspiration for future projects.
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    University of North Dakota

    Location

    Grand Forks, ND

    Tuition

    • $6,626 annually-in-state
    • $17,690 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the UND Office of Extended Learning offer prospective graduate students with two public health degree options: a Master of Public Health (MPH) program and a Master of Science in Advanced Public Health - Nurse Track (APHN). Distance learners can access live broadcasts of the MPH courses off-campus. The APHN program includes online classes, live web courses and a three-day meeting on campus during the first year of study.

      • Full-time students can complete the MPH program within two years; part-time students often finish within five years. The APHN can be completed within two years.
      • Admissions requirements for the MPH program include a bachelor's degree, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, scores from a graduate-level standardized admissions exam, a written statement, resume, official transcripts and letters of recommendation.
      • APHN candidates must have a current RN license and are preferred if they already have a year or more of nursing experience.

    The Online Environment

    • Both of these degree programs use synchronous, live web courses that require students to sign on at specific times to access online conferences.

      • UND uses several learning management systems to facilitate these live courses, including Blackboard Connect, Wimba and Adobe Connect.
      • Distance learners get access to several online student services, including SMARTHINKING tutoring, a career guidance center and writing resources.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • University of North Dakota was ranked as a Top 100 public university by U.S. News & World Report.
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    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Location

    Birmingham, AL

    Tuition

    • $6,804 annually-in-state
    • $15,444 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Prospective UAB Online students can choose from five Master of Public Health (MPH) degree tracks: Occupational Health and Safety; Health Care Organization; Environmental Health and Toxicology; Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership; and a dual MPH/ Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership.

      • These programs can generally be completed within two years of study.
      • To gain admission, prospective students must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
      • The online MPH degree programs are currently unavailable for people residing in Oregon, Nevada and New Mexico.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution uses the Canvas learning management system. Canvas features tools such as drag-and-drop calendars, push notifications for classroom announcements, document annotation, video integration, collaborative blogs and web conferencing. UAB Online students gain access to support services such as Canvas training, academic advising, digital libraries, a writing center and technical support.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #16 for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools for Public Health"
    • #5 for USNWR's "Best Grad Schools for Health Care Management"
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    University of New England

    Location

    Biddeford, ME

    Tuition

    • $19,440 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offered by UNE take nearly all of their courses online, with the exception of a required practicum that is conducted in the field. This degree can be completed within 18 months.

      • To qualify for admission, candidates must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
      • Prospective students must submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a resume along with a completed admissions form.
      • Students do not need to submit GRE or other standardized test scores.

    The Online Environment

    • Distance learners have access to unique online student services, including tech support, disability services, a writing support center, financial aid and Blackboard tutorials.

      • Students will need a webcam to participate in web conferences.
      • UNE uses the Blackboard Learn course management system to deliver course materials, educational multimedia and interactive discussions.
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    East Tennessee State University

    Location

    Johnson City, TN

    Tuition

    • $7,110 annually-in-state
    • $19,764 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • This college offers three online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree concentrations: Health Services Administration, Epidemiology and Community Health. While the courses are held online, students must attend a mandatory new student orientation and complete a practicum in person.

      • Prospective students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5.
      • Candidates must submit letters of recommendation and GRE scores along with a completed admissions form.
      • Students who do not reside in the state of Tennessee may qualify for a special reduced tuition rate known as "eRate." It's important to note that eRate recipients will be unable use additional scholarships to pay for tuition, however they will still be eligible to use federal financial aid.

    The Online Environment

    • This college uses a blend of synchronous and asynchronous classes, which means that students will occasionally need to log on at specific times to meet with classmates and professors.

      • ETSU uses online web conferencing systems like WebEx and Skype to facilitate class discussions.
      • Classes are hosted on the Desire2Learn course management system.
      • MPH students access the College of Public Health's lecture series through an online streaming broadcast channel in real-time.
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    Idaho State University

    Location

    Pocatello, ID

    Tuition

    • $4,688 annually-in-state
    • $17,020 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCCU

    What to Expect

    • Students attending the Division of Health Sciences' Master of Public Health (MPH) program will take classes that are presented completely online, while getting hands-on fieldwork experience at an internship hosted in the U.S. or abroad. Students are also required to complete a master's thesis before graduation.

      • Prospective students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a bachelor's degree.
      • ISU prefers to admit students who have at least two years of relevant work experience.
      • Applicants must also submit a personal essay, GRE scores, college transcripts and two letters of recommendation along with a completed admissions form.
      • Candidates who are not residents of Ohio state may qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver offered to all ISU graduate students.

    The Online Environment

    • ISU utilizes four learning management systems to deliver online class content and facilitate classroom discussions: Moodle, the ViCC video conferencing system, Idaho Education Network (IEN) and Fully Online. Students also rely on BengalWeb, a proprietary ISU web portal, to manage administrative account settings such as login information and payments.

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    New York Medical College

    Location

    Valhalla, NY

    Tuition

    • $22,919 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    • Administration Building
      Valhalla, NY 10595

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE, ACCET

    What to Expect

    • The School of Health Sciences and Practice at NYMC provides prospective students with three online Master of Public Health concentrations: Environmental Health; Health Policy and Management; and Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion. All of the courses can be taken online, however students must complete a practicum at an approved public health organization near where they live. The online MPH programs at NYMC generally take at least two years to complete.

      • Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a bachelor's degree to qualify for these MPH programs.
      • In addition to a completed admissions form, prospective students are asked to submit official transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and a resume.

    The Online Environment

    • This college uses the Moodle learning management system to provide students with access to course calendars, email accounts, previous course grades, educational multimedia, shared class documents and forum discussions.

      NYMC prides itself in never using teaching assistants for distance learning instruction; the same faculty members who teach the campus-based courses also lead the online class sessions.