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Explore 50 accredited online MPH programs that score top marks on affordability and learn other ways to make grad school cheaper.

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The pandemic has highlighted the importance of having qualified public health professionals communities can trust. If you’re looking for a grad degree that allows you to join their ranks, earning an online Master of Public Health (MPH) is an excellent option. This page will help you find a quality, accredited program at a low price. Keep reading to find a list of this year’s most affordable online MPH programs, and other ways you can lower the cost of grad school.

50 Most Affordable Online MPH Programs in 2024

Plenty of schools offer solid online MPH programs. However, affordability can often be the determining factor. Begin your affordable MPH program search with the following list of schools ranked on several key affordability and quality metrics using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). You can learn more about our methodology by clicking on the “About the ranking” button.

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Base Methodology for EduMed’s 2023 Online College Rankings

1. Create List of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on government data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least one program in subject area offered partially or fully online.

2. Assign Weightings

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of affordability, support services, and online program availability metrics. Online program availability and overall affordability metrics received the heaviest weightings.

Online Program Availability

  • Number of online programs in subject area reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.

Affordability

  • Cost – Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on tuition and fees per academic year.
  • Students w/ Institutional Aid – Percentage of students who receive financial aid from the school itself.

Support Services

  • Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.
  • Career Placement – Existence of this service on campus or online.

About Our Data

EduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2022

# School Name Type Cost Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 Columbia Southern UniversityOrange Beach, AL Private for-profit $ 1

Based in Orange Beach, Alabama, Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit institution that offers a flexible online master’s in public health. A reasonable option for working students, this MPH program utilizes an asynchronous delivery that allows students to complete coursework at their own pace, anywhere, and at any time. Throughout this online master’s, students complete major requirements that include public health concepts, health behavior, concepts of environmental health, and a degree-culminating public health capstone. Potential applicants should note that this school does not hold accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the region’s premier accrediting organization. Prospective students can apply online and must include academic transcripts.

Program Highlights:

Online Master of Public Health

  • Credits: 36
  • Cost: $335
  • Length: Varies
  • Mode: Online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Implied no
Student/
Faculty Ratio
39/1
AccreditationDEAC
2 Northeastern State UniversityTahlequah, OK Public $ 1

Northeastern State University is a public, Oklahoma-based institution that offers a master’s in public health that students can complete entirely online. Whether attending part-time or full-time, students gain foundational knowledge in public health through disciplines including health policy, epidemiology, and environmental health. Additionally, students choose between academic specializations in public health leadership or global health. Core classes include public health interventions, social and health behavior theories, and healthcare policy and ethical leadership. Prospective students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and submit official transcripts showing a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Additionally, applicants must submit GRE scores and complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Program Highlights:

Master’s Degree in Public Health

  • Credits: 43
  • Cost: $267/credit (resident); $594/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: Varies
  • Mode: Hybrid
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationHLC
3 East Carolina UniversityGreenville, NC Public $ 2

North Carolina’s East Carolina University is home to a master’s in public health, allowing students to build the foundational skills required for effective public health practice. Throughout this 45-credit program, students tackle both core public health classes and specialization classes. Core classes include topics such as public health practice, ethics and law in public health, fundamentals of environmental health, and interdisciplinary rural health. Alongside public health fundamentals, students choose from specializations including community health, epidemiology, and health policy and leadership. Before graduation, students complete a degree-culminating experience that is comprised of a research paper and field practicum. Interested students can apply online and must include official transcripts and all relevant fees.

Program Highlights:

Public Health MPH

  • Credits: 45
  • Cost: $264/credit (resident); $994/credit (out-of-state)
  • Length: Varies
  • Mode: On-Campus
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
4 New Mexico State University-Main CampusLas Cruces, NM Public $$ 1

Based in Las Cruces, New Mexico State University offers a standout master’s in public health that students can complete entirely online. This program’s 100% online curriculum challenges master’s students to hone the skills required to effectively address health challenges and inequities facing various populations. As students work their way through this 42-credit curriculum, they will tackle a mix of core courses and concentration classes. Online learners choose between academic concentrations in health behavior and health management. Core public health courses include topics such as environmental public health issues, biostatistical applications in public health, and epidemiological approaches to disease control and prevention.

Program Highlights:

Master of Public Health

  • Credits: 42
  • Cost: $444/credit
  • Length: 2-3 years
  • Mode: Online
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
AccreditationHLC
5 Texas Woman’s UniversityDenton, TX Public $$ 1

Texas Women’s University is home to a 42-credit public health master’s that full-time students can complete in just two years. This program utilizes in-person and online classes to deliver core public health classes and academic concentrations in health promotion and behavior in rural communities. Public health core classes include topics such as biostatistics, environmental health, applied research methods, and health advocacy and leadership. In addition to standard coursework, master’s students dedicate over 350 hours to a practicum experience at an approved public health organization. Prospective students typically hold a bachelor’s degree in a health-related field and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in upper-division coursework.

Program Highlights:

Master of Public Health

  • Credits: 42
  • Cost:
  • Length: 2 years
  • Mode: Hybrid
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
6 The University of MontanaMissoula, MT Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationNWCCU
7 Missouri State University-SpringfieldSpringfield, MO Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
AccreditationHLC
8 Augusta UniversityAugusta, GA Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
9 Oklahoma State University-Main CampusStillwater, OK Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationHLC
10 University of Nevada-RenoReno, NV Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationNWCCU
11 University of South DakotaVermillion, SD Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
AccreditationHLC
12 Youngstown State UniversityYoungstown, OH Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationHLC
13 Utah State UniversityLogan, UT Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
AccreditationNWCCU
14 Louisiana State University-ShreveportShreveport, LA Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
28/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
15 Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbock, TX Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
7/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
16 Lamar UniversityBeaumont, TX Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
17 American Public University SystemCharles Town, WV Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Implied no
Student/
Faculty Ratio
23/1
AccreditationDEAC
18 The University of West FloridaPensacola, FL Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
19 Mississippi University for WomenColumbus, MS Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Implied no
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
20 Indiana State UniversityTerre Haute, IN Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationHLC
21 Southern Connecticut State UniversityNew Haven, CT Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
AccreditationNECHE
22 Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids, MI Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
AccreditationHLC
23 Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA Private not-for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
24 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityTallahassee, FL Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
25 South Dakota State UniversityBrookings, SD Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationHLC
26 University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, AL Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
27 University of Illinois SpringfieldSpringfield, IL Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
AccreditationHLC
28 University of South FloridaTampa, FL Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
22/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
29 Concordia University-NebraskaSeward, NE Private not-for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
AccreditationHLC
30 Purdue University GlobalWest Lafayette, IN Public $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
28/1
AccreditationHLC
31 University of Southern MississippiHattiesburg, MS Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
32 Northern Illinois UniversityDekalb, IL Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
AccreditationHLC
33 Florida International UniversityMiami, FL Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
25/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
34 Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisIndianapolis, IN Public $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
AccreditationHLC
35 University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmaha, NE Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
2/1
AccreditationHLC
36 University of MemphisMemphis, TN Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
37 Ohio University-Main CampusAthens, OH Public $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
AccreditationHLC
38 University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia, MO Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationHLC
39 Central Washington UniversityEllensburg, WA Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
AccreditationNWCCU
40 University of KansasLawrence, KS Public $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationHLC
41 Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, VA Public $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
42 Cleveland State UniversityCleveland, OH Public $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
AccreditationHLC
43 Saint Mary’s University of MinnesotaWinona, MN Private not-for-profit $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Implied no
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
AccreditationHLC
44 Walden UniversityMinneapolis, MN Private for-profit $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Implied no
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
AccreditationHLC
45 Grand Canyon UniversityPhoenix, AZ Private for-profit $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Implied no
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
AccreditationHLC
46 University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC Public $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Implied no
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
47 University of FloridaGainesville, FL Public $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
48 University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorage, AK Public $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
AccreditationNWCCU
49 The University of AlabamaTuscaloosa, AL Public $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
AccreditationSACSCOC
50 University of North DakotaGrand Forks, ND Public $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
AccreditationHLC

What Makes an Online MPH Program Affordable?

When determining how much a Master of Public Health degree will cost, tuition is the single most important factor. Other considerations, including those discussed below, can also play major roles in how much you can expect to pay for your degree.

Whether the online MPH program is in-state or-out-of-state

Your residency status can determine your tuition rate, especially if you attend a public institution. Most state schools (as opposed to private schools) offer much lower tuition rates to in-state residents. This can make attending a public school as an out-of-state student easily twice as expensive.

How much financial aid you can get for your online MPH program

Many students acquire financial aid to help pay for their schooling, but not all forms of aid are the same. The types that don’t have to be paid back, like scholarships and grants, can make an otherwise expensive degree far more affordable.

How much of the MPH program coursework is offered online

Most online MPH programs offer the bulk of their coursework online, but some have hands-on academic requirements. This might include an in-person practicum or internship, and these travel costs add to the total cost of the MPH degree.

If the online MPH program has a class schedule that allows you to continue working while you complete your master’s

Many MPH programs have full-time course loads. Luckily, online programs often offer asynchronous learning, making it possible for students to attend class based on their schedules. The flexibility to work while in school can help you better manage the cost of your education.

How expensive the application fees are

Compared to the cost of tuition, application fees are small. If you’re applying to several schools, though, these fees quickly add up. Finding schools with no application fee can make the application process more affordable.

Whether the college is private or public

Private institutions often provide more services and personalized attention, but these advantages can come at the cost of higher tuition rates compared to those at public institutions. Fortunately, in terms of access to faculty and learning atmosphere, the difference between a public and private school is minimized at the graduate level.

Ways to Lower the Cost of Your Online MPH Degree

The cost of attendance is often the biggest hurdle for prospective students. Finding ways to defray costs may make all the difference in whether you move forward. Below are some strategies to help you make your MPH learning experience more economical.

  1. Search for scholarships and grants created specifically for public health students.

Though there are a lot of graduate students vying for financial aid, there is a plethora of scholarships and grants available to graduate students. Increase your chances of getting a scholarship by focusing on grants and scholarships only open to public health or MPH students. Find out more about what’s available by visiting our grant and scholarship resources page for public health students.

  1. Ask about employer tuition reimbursement

Not all employers offer tuition reimbursement, and the ones that do may not offer enough to cover the total cost. However, employer tuition reimbursement can still make a significant impact. Keep in mind that you’ll likely have to work for your employer for a set period after graduating to take advantage of this benefit.

  1. Take advantage of student discounts

Some schools offer discounts to certain students. One of the most popular is the special tuition rate for students who are active-duty military or veterans. Some graduate programs even have academic tracks designed to help these students take advantage of their VA education benefits.