45 Best Online Master’s in Public Health

Eric Clapton's song "Change the World" applies to many professions, especially public health professionals. They have a large impact on the health of our future population. Their work and research go a long way in future preventative measures and treatments for diseases, cancer, and other illnesses. They have the opportunity to take charge and lead a team studying the different effects of mental and social behavior. They do social work and help those traumatized or impacted by personal life challenges and difficulties. They are leaders in different health organizations and are an integral part of how facilities are run. The profession has a variety of perks and job responsibilities. According to OnlineMastersinPublicHealth.com, the most sought after jobs by those with an MPH include Health Service Manager, Management Policy Advisor, Director of Family Health, Director of Nongovernmental Organization, Hospital Managers, Policy Analyst, Behavioral Scientist, Mental Health Researcher, Epidemiologist, Biostatistician, and Health Communication Specialist. 

When reviewing the 45 Best Master's in Public Health, one must know that the coursework entailed with the degree is rigorous and hands-on. Most MPH programs require internships and fieldwork to be completed alongside their coursework. Most programs have a curriculum that involves 40 to 60 credits, and while students can attend on a part-time or full-time basis, they need to take at least two or three courses per semester in order to stay in the program and work in their fieldwork. The advantage is that many universities are offering up online Public Health degrees, allowing young adults to learn at their own pace and work around their job and personal life. 

Why Become a Healthcare Professional?

The degree isn't just rewarding from a personal standpoint, it is rewarding for your bank account. Those who take on a career as a Medical and Health Service Manager receive an income of just under $100,000/year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other salaries vary depending on the position a graduate receives with their Master's degree, but most leadership positions are going to be beneficial in pay. According to a 2017 AMN Healthcare survey, 83% of those who work in the industry enjoy their job. 

With the population growing, healthcare professionals will continue to grow. A 20% increase is expected over the next ten years for health-related jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With technology growing at a faster-than-normal rate, there will be new concentrations added to reflect the ever-changing world, and online courses will also expand in public health. The schools below have all reacted positively to the growing technology and make learning as convenient as possible so students get the most out of their studies. 

How to Choose a Master's Degree in Public Health

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#45. University of Alaska Anchorage – Anchorage, AK

Public Health M.P.H.

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Tuition: $8,802 (in-state); $18,504 (out-of-state)

Score: 81.36

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Known as being Alaska's biggest university and one of only three schools in the statewide University of Alaska system, the University of Alaska Anchorage is a big part of the educational foundation of the state. The school is ranked No. 81 for Regional Universities West and No. 27 among Public Universities in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its campus is connected to 250 miles of trails where students can seek recreation in the mountains and scenery. The Master's in Public Health is an accredited program that offers an ecological approach to studying the health of different populations. The interdisciplinary program requires the completion of 42-semester credits the option of doing either a five-credit practicum project or practicum thesis. In order to be approved for admission, applicants must provide the admissions office with an application along with a current resume, writing samples of their work, and an essay explaining how an M.P.H. degree would fit into a student's career goals for the future.

 

#44. Grand Canyon University – Phoenix, AZ

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $9,916

Score: 81.68

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With a population of just under 1,000 students in 2009, Grand Canyon University underwent a major expansion over the last ten years and now populates over 19,000 students in the West Phoenix area. The Baptist-affiliated university offers a number of amenities for its students, including a resort-style pool and fitness center, the Canyon 49 Grill, a four-story office complex, and a brand new state-of-the-art stadium and arena. Its Master of Public Health Degree provides students with opportunities to research the prevention of infectious diseases, how to treat those who are suffering from illness, and how to promote a healthy lifestyle. The rigorous program requires 150 hours of supervised field experience and 48-semester hours of coursework, including courses in Foundations of Public Health, Principles in Epidemiology, Public Health Advocacy and Policy, and Communication for Behavior Change. Graduate students will conclude their coursework with a capstone practicum or capstone project prior to earning their degree. Applicants must provide the office of admission with their official transcripts and their GRE test scores along with their application. 

 

#43. Northeastern University – Boston, MA

Public Health (MPH)

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Tuition: $24,027

Score: 82.31

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Originally called the Institute of Young Men, Northeastern University accepts more than 12,000 students a year and has expanded to other regions of the continent beyond Boston, including San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Charlotte, and Vancouver. The Princeton Review ranked the university No. 1 for Best Schools for Internship, and U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 4 for Best Health Care Law Programs. The MPH program develops students to be successful public health professionals and work with all complex issues regarding the health field. The curriculum includes 22 core credits, nine Urban Health credits, nine elective credits, and six credits in Practicum and Public Health Capstones. Overall, the school receives over 60,000 applications a year and accepts 19.3% of its applicants. To apply, applicants must provide the office of admissions with official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a professional resume, and a personal statement detailing overall goals and reasons for interest in the program. 

 

#42. University of Illinois Springfield – Springfield, IL

The UIS Online Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $8,550 (in-state); $15,247 (out-of-state)

Score: 82.31

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For eleven straight years, the University of Illinois Springfield has been ranked in U.S. News and World Report's Top 10 Public Universities in the Midwest. UIS has over 85 clubs and organizations for students to take part in and it offers 24 programs which can be studied entirely online. The Master of Public Health is one of those full-time online programs which provides students the skills to become competent health practitioners by using cutting-edge technology in their online research. The curriculum puts an emphasis on cultural competence, scientific knowledge, analytical skills, policy development, and assurance. The degree requirements include the completion of 32 semester credits and a Master's Closure Examination which assesses student mastery of all the content learned while studying. Students who apply must hold at least a bachelor's degree, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and submit to the university three letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, official transcripts, and a completed essay. 

 

#41. George Mason University – Fairfax, VA

Public Health, Public Health Practice Concentration (M.P.H.)

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Tuition: $11,736 (in-state); $32,222 (out-of-state)

Score: 82.51

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A college that started with just 17 students and one teacher, George Mason University has grown into one of the nation's biggest schools, admitting over 34,000 students, making it the largest public research university in Virginia. Its Master of Public Health Degree includes a concentration in Public Health Practice and gives students the option of taking courses either online or in-person, although courses over the summer are offered only online. Students will take 42 semester credits, focusing on courses that will improve their understanding of the health field and different obstacles that the population must overcome with the help of health professionals. Included in the curriculum is a Practicum Seminar which is a 200-hour practicum in Public Health, along with the Integrative Learning Experience, all of which are required and must be taken over two semesters. Applicants must submit a professional resume, a statement of purpose with objectives, two letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, and GRE test scores along with their application. GMU ranks No. 28 for Most Innovative Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#40. University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ

Master of Public Health Online

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Tuition: $11,716 (in-state); $32,065 (out-of-state)

Score: 82.55

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Representing students of over 150 different international countries, the University of Arizona is one of the nation's most diverse schools. In 2017, UA ranked No. 52 in the world and No. 34 in the U.S. for Best University by The Center for World University Rankings. The school's Online Master of Public Health Degree gives students the opportunity to focus on the well-being of others and play a major role in helping the war against all kinds of illnesses and disease. Students can choose a concentration and take 50% of their coursework in either Applied Epidemiology, Health Services Administration, or Health Promotion. Overall, the degree requires the completion of 42 credit hours, as well as a five-unit internship which is mandatory for all concentrations. Applicants are to apply on SOPHAS, UA's centralized application service, and submit along with their application their official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a personal statement. Along with their strong academics, UA also excels in athletics. It has won 19 team national championships, including eight in softball and four in baseball. 

 

#39. University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

Public Health: Online Master's Degree

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Tuition: $8,822 (in-state); $24,156 (out-of-state)

Score: 82.63

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Historically known as the first university west of the Mississippi River, the University of Missouri has over 300 degree programs taught by over 2,000 faculty members, including the 2018 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, George P. Smith. It offers many degrees which can be obtained online, one of those being an online Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and policy. The degree is designed to advance the careers of students in population-based or public health care service as well as promoting the healthy well-being of others in the community. The program requires 45 semester-credits to be completed online with no campus visits necessary. That also includes a six-credit internship that students must take part in. To apply, applicants have a minimum 3.0 GPA along with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. UM ranks No. 61 for Top Public Schools and No. 78 in Best Value Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

 

#38. San Jose State University – San Jose, CA

MPH Program: Online Format

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Tuition: $7,176 (in-state); $16,680 (out-of-state)

Score: 83.25

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With more than 450 clubs and organizations on-campus, San Jose State University gives students the opportunity to get involved and make the most of their college experience, including taking part in one of roughly 250 areas of study. The school offers a Master of Public Health Degree that is offered entirely online and allows students to learn about the health and well-being of the population and how to deal with the different challenges that others face from a health perspective. The 42-unit online curriculum requires students to web conference and interact through different mediums in the program in order to successfully work through the courses. Students must meet at least once a year for four to five days to go through different online training and meet with department members to discuss goals and achievements, as well as future aspirations. The curriculum includes a health education core, a public health core, and a practicum. Students are also required to have some prerequisite knowledge in biostatistics prior to official entry into the program. When applying, applicants must submit to the office of admissions all transcripts and test scores along with a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation. SJSU ranks No. 1 by CollegeVine for Most Underrated Colleges in the U.S. and also ranks No. 5 by U.S. News & World Report for Best Public Schools.

 

#37. Northern Illinois University – DeKalb, IL

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $11,904

Score: 83.57

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Established just over 30 years ago, Northern Illinois University is located 45 miles from Chicago and includes a variety of newly accredited programs, including the Master of Public Health which was established in 1997. The M.P.H program ranks No. 28 out of the 50 Best Online M.P.H. Degrees, according to Top Master's in Public Health Degrees. The online program provides courses for students in health services management, public health policy and law, as well as behavior and social aspects of public health. Most of the professors that teach and engage with students hold a doctorate degree and require interaction and conference meetings using the online format. Those who take the non-thesis option are required to complete 43 to 45 semester credits along with an internship and the option of specializing in Health Promotion or Health Services Management. Those who take the thesis option are required to complete an additional six semester hours. To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must submit an online application and meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement from their undergraduate studies. They must also submit to the office of admissions their official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an updated resume.

 

#36. West Virginia University – Morgantown, WV

M.P.H. Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Tuition: $9,990 (in-state); $25,776 (out-of-state)

Score: 83.73

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If you love the song, "Take Me Home Country Roads", then West Virginia University is definitely the place for you. The famous John Denver song has been sung at every West Virginia Mountaineers home football game since 1972 and is the signature song on-campus. BizJournals.com ranks Morgantown No. 1 in its list of Best Small Cities in America, and it provides a great environment for quality life and learning. Students who take the M.P.H. Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences have the opportunity to learn about different environmental factors that tie into the overall health of the human population and how those factors evolve over a life-span. Those who are able to successfully complete the program will be qualified to work and provide leadership in different medical facilities and work in the public or private sector on health promotion. The 44-credit curriculum, which can be taken either on-campus or online, includes a Public Health Program Evaluation, a capstone course, and a Professional Orientation. Students who apply must include with their application a current resume, all official transcripts, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, and official GRE test scores. WVU ranks No. 112 in Top Public Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#35. University of Vermont – Burlington, VT

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $11,952 (in-state); $30,132 (out-of-state)

Score: 83.96

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The University of Vermont is the oldest non-Ivy League school in New England and is known as "The University of the Green Mountains". The 460-acre campus has 30 different master's programs, one of which is Public Health and can be taken completely online. UV was included in the USA Today's Top 10 list of the Best Colleges to Study Health Professions. The M.P.H. program gives graduates the skills to improve quality of life by blending in public policy, research, and population health sciences. The 42-credit curriculum focuses on coursework in Epidemiology, Quantitative Public Health Sciences, Health Policy, Leadership, and Advocacy. Depending on a student's non-school schedule, the program can take anywhere from two to five years to complete and includes a six-credit culminating project experience prior to earning the degree. Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, a resume, official transcripts, and a statement of purpose alongside their application. GRE test scores are not required to be sent in. Along with their ranking for being a top Public Health school, UV ranks No. 74 in Best Value Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#34. Idaho State University – Pocatello, ID

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $7,601 (in-state); $23,121 (out-of-state)

Score: 84.20

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At Idaho State University, students live by the school's notorious motto: "The Truth Will Set You Free". Because the campus is surrounded by mountains and lakes, ISU gives students the beautiful scenery while they obtain a degree in one of its 250 programs. Its Master of Public Health degree places an emphasis on community health and focuses on studies in community health promotion, epidemiology, public health ethics, health organization and policy, health program planning and evaluation, biostatistics, research methodology, and environmental health. Over the course of 48 total credits, which includes a thesis and project option, students will conduct research centered around the practices and principles of Public Health. Applicants must supply the office of admissions with two letters of recommendation, an essay on why they are pursuing an MPH, official transcripts, and GRE test scores. ISU ranks No. 158 for National Universities, according to Washington Monthly. 

 

#33. National University – San Diego, CA

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $15,480

Score: 84.43

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Ranked as the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego, according to its website, National University is most known for its success in business, nursing, and health programs. Its Master of Public Health is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in health promotion and disease prevention, community mental health, and public healthcare administration. The MPH program can be taken on-campus or online and involves eight courses that students must take along with a capstone requirement and fieldwork in health. The four-week courses will train students on how to analyze and interpret health data, how to evaluate the environmental factors that affect a community's health, and how to apply the concepts and methods of social justice and social and behavioral sciences tied into a population's health problems. To apply, students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and submit to the university their official transcripts. 

 

#32. Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH

Online M.P.H.

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Tuition: $53,496

Score: 84.51

Unique features

The smallest of all the Ivy League schools, Dartmouth College is the home to many notable alumni, including Robert Frost, Dr. Seuss, Meryl Streep, Nelson Rockefeller, and Mr. Rogers. Dartmouth ranks No. 12 for Best National Universities and No. 2 for Best Colleges for Veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report. It offers graduate students an online path to a Public Health Master's Degree which trains students on how to lead in an ever-changing health field. The 22-month program requires students to go to three on-campus sessions throughout the year prior to the completion of each course. Students must take a 12-credit Practicum and Practicum Intensive as part of their studies which runs through the entire program, combining aspects of both the required thesis and internship. Students can apply using DC's online application service, SOPHAS. The online application will guide students through the process and also go over all documentation needed to be sent in prior to the admissions decision

 

#31. Kent State University – Kent, OH

Online M.P.H.

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Tuition: $11,536 (in-state); $21,524 (out-of-state)

Score: 84.51

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Students will feel safe at Kent State University. Winner of the Prestigious 2018 Healthy Campus Award, KSU ranks No. 25 on the list of Safest Campuses in the Country, as noted on its website. The school with the nickname "The Golden Flashes" offers its students the opportunity to study entirely online and receive a Master of Public Health Degree. Those in the program can enroll in award-winning public health courses and earn a practitioner-focused degree that trains students on how to tackle the ongoing and upcoming challenges of today's health landscape. Students can choose a specialization in either Health Policy Management or Social and Behavioral Sciences and take seven week-long courses stretching out over 24 months. The 46-credit curriculum includes five discipline-specific courses, as well as a practicum and global immersion seminar. The GRE exam is a requirement from the office of admissions, as is the submission of official transcripts, a resume, a goal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Along with its safe campus ranking, KSU ranks No. 104 among Best Public Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#30. Benedictine University – Lisle, IL

CEPH Accredited Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $17,883

Score: 85.46

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Benedictine University is a Catholic university that has campus locations throughout Illinois as well as in Mesa, Arizona, and even China and India. Many of its students take courses fully online, including those going for a Master's in Public Health. Nationally accredited by CEPH, the M.P.H. program is designed to deepen student knowledge on healthcare and provide them the skills needed to help people around the world live a more healthy lifestyle. The curriculum includes ten foundation courses, three elective courses, and an internship requiring 240 hours of fieldwork in the health profession. Students are required to submit their official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and an updated professional resume to the admissions office. Benedictine ranks No. 31 on the list of Most Underrated Colleges in America, according to Business Insider.

 

#29. University of North Texas Health Science Center – Fort Worth, TX

Master of Public Health, Professional Option

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Tuition: $4,735 (in-state); $17,205 (out-of-state)

Score: 86.09

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The University of North Texas Health Science Center is proud to have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 12 straight years in the ranking of the top 50 schools in Primary Care. The school offers five graduate degrees for students to choose from. Its Master of Public Health Degree has a Professional Option which allows students to advance their career in the health sector while also maintaining their career and personal life outside of education. Students have the option of taking courses online or on-campus and can choose their pace of study. Students even have the option of taking a couple of semesters off, should any personal issues arise. Students with at least three years of public health experience are required to take 42 semester credits, while those without the experience are required to take 48 semester credits. As part of the coursework, students will complete 600 hours of field experience and research in a practicum that will expand over multiple semesters. Applicants are required to supply the office of admissions with their official transcripts, GRE test scores, a personal statement describing their interest in the field, three letters of recommendation, and a current resume.

 

#28. Augusta University – Augusta, GA

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $5,144 (in-state); $17,544 (out-of-state)

Score: 86.09

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Augusta University combines science with medicine to help develop the next generation of leaders and innovators in the healthcare field. The second oldest university in Georgia was founded by seven faculty members and attracts professionals from all different types of backgrounds. Its Master of Public Health Degree prepares students to take ownership in healthcare institutions, public health organizations, pharmaceutical and information technology industries, and research institutions. Students can study either full-time or part-time on their coursework, with the option of taking a concentration in either Health Information or Health Informatics. The 45-credit program requires nine hours of coursework in research and practice which includes an internship and practicum that a student must enroll in. AU ranks No. 5 for the Best M.P.H. Online Degree Programs, according to TopMastersInHealthCare.com. As part of the admissions process, applicants must schedule an interview with a school board member as well as taking a pre-entrance test. 

 

#27. University of Southern Mississippi – Hattiesburg, MS

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $8,514 (in-state); $10,514 (out-of-state)

Score: 86.43

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The University of Southern Mississippi is known for its high acceptance and retention rate, approving over 58% of all applicants that apply and retaining 75% of its students, according to the USM website. The Public Health program is one of the more popular programs offered at the university, giving students the opportunity to receive an MPH Degree and elevate their Health Care management career. The degree opens up positions for graduates to get positions as a Health Services Manager, Hospital Administrator, Health Policy Analyst, Clinic Manager, Chief Executive Officer of Health Care, Healthcare Consultant, as well as a Department or Service Line Manager. The program is 100% online and requires the completion of 39 semester hours, including a three to nine credit internship course where students must work in the field over the course of one or more semesters. Applicants must have at least a 2.75 GPA in their last 60 hours of coursework to be eligible for admission and must supply the university with a personal essay, resume, official transcripts, GRE test scores, and three letters of recommendation. 

 

#26. San Diego State University – San Diego, CA

MPH – Health Promotion & Behavior Science Online

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Tuition: $7,176 (in-state); $16,680 (out-of-state)

Score: 86.57

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Ranked No. 60 for Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, San Diego State University is California's third-largest school. SDSU has over 350 clubs and organizations to take advantage of and is known for its ethnic diversity, ranking No. 25 in the category, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university has increased its number of online graduate programs for students to study, including a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science. The 18-month curriculum is designed to give students the skills to develop, implement, evaluate, and critique public health promotion programs. Over the course of eight sessions, students will take two courses a session and conclude with a capstone project taken alongside two other elective courses. Prior to applying, students must be sure to have taken courses in General Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry and hold at least a 2.85 GPA in their undergraduate studies. Along with their official transcripts, students should submit with their application their GRE test scores, a personal statement, a resume, a cover letter, and three letters of recommendation.

 

#25. East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, TN

Master of Public Health, Community Health Concentration

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Tuition: $8,460 (in-state); $23,598 (out-of-state)

Score: 86.66

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Nicknamed the Buccaneers, East Tennessee State University is actually most recognized for its success in medicine and medical skills. In 2009, ETSU ranked No. 4 in the nation for Excellence in Rural Medicine education and currently ranks in the Top 25% for Primary Care Education, according to studies conducted by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers students a Master of Public Health Care with a concentration in Community Health, a program that prepares students for public health practice and health promotion in the general population. The 43-credit curriculum can be taken fully online and includes four courses focused on the Community Health Concentration as well as six credits that must come from actual field experience. All electives taken must be approved by the department advisor. Along with a student's application, the office of admission requires the submission of GRE test scores and official transcripts. 

 

#24. Capella University – Minneapolis, MN

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $14,516

Score: 86.72

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Those students who attend Capella University do so mostly for its graduate program. Originally established as the Graduate School of America in 1993, three-fourths of the students who attend the university do so for either a master's or a graduate degree. The Master of Public Health degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to assist those who need help with healthcare and well-being. The degree gives graduates a better understanding of public health concepts, theories, and practices they will need as a public health professional. The curriculum includes 15 core courses, each one worth four credits apiece, and a practicum towards the end of their studies. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students are also expected to submit to the university their official transcripts and GRE test scores. A background check is also required before admission into the program. 

 

#23. Michigan State University – Lansing, MI

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $18,132 (in-state); $35,628 (out-of-state)

Score: 86.98

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The home school of basketball legend Magic Johnson, Michigan State is known for both its academics and athletics. The eighth-largest university in the nation, MSU has six national football championships, eight cross country championships, two NCAA basketball championships, and three Ice Hockey championships. Students who attend get caught up in the school spirit and take pride in going to football and basketball games. Academically, MSU is home to many graduate programs, including a Master of Public Health which trains students to be public health professionals when they leave school. The rigorous 43-credit program is delivered entirely online and can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Students have the option of choosing elective courses in Public Health Policy and Administration, Global and Cultural Public Health, Public Health Epidemiology, Infectious Disease and Public Health, or Public Health Nutrition. Using the online graduation portal, applicants must submit their official transcripts, a resume, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, an academic statement, and GRE test scores. MSU ranks No. 35 on the list of Best Public Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

 

#22. University of Illinois – Champaign, IL

Online Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $13,612 (in-state); $23,299 (out-of-state)

Score: 87.12

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If you attend the University of Illinois, you may just happen to find the brother of famous actor Tom Hanks. Hanks' brother is a professor at UI in the department of Entomology. There are 18 UI universities statewide that cover more than 150 programs. Its Master of Public Health Degree is a fully online program that is designed to train students on how to help prevent, as well as treat, injuries and diseases. The 48-credit curriculum includes a combination of core courses, concentration courses, electives, and seminars. Part of the core training includes courses in Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Behavior Theory, Health Policy, and Public Health Practice. UI ranks No. 26 on the list of Best National National Universities, according to Washington Monthly. Students applying must hold at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and submit to the office of admissions their official transcripts, a personal statement, a resume, three letters of recommendation, and GRE test scores. 

 

#21. University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC

MPH in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior – Professional Online Program

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Tuition: $13,650 (in-state); $29,196 (out-of-state)

Score: 87.23

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Home to the world's largest Ernest Hemingway collection, the University of South Carolina has a lot of history behind it, particularly in terms of its destruction during the Civil War and its re-emergence as an accredited institution in 1906. USC is nicknamed the "Horseshoe Campus" for its modified quadrangle shape. It offers 350 programs for study and gives future health professionals a chance to obtain a Master's in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. The professional online program takes about 24 to 26 months to complete and requires 45 semester credits to be taken prior to earning the degree. Graduates will leave with the leadership skills needed to develop programs aimed at promoting positive health at the personal, organizational, and public policy levels. The online curriculum includes 14-week courses, mixing core classes with elective classes, and concludes with a five-credit Applied Practice Experience. Applicants must provide the office of admissions with official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, a letter of intent describing personal goals and objectives, and a current resume. Students must also have at least two years of experience in a health-related field. USC ranks No. 55 on the list of Most Innovative Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#20. University of West Florida – Pensacola, FL

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $7,088 (in-state); $22,166 (out-of-state)

Score: 87.26

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The University of West Florida's school colors of blue and green is symbolic in that it matches the Florida sea and the sky, something that was done on purpose when the school was established in 1963. UWF offers students its students the opportunity to study entirely online with a Master of Public Health, a degree that prepares students to be public health care professionals in the future. Students can choose a concentration in either Global Health, Generalist, or Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. The 42-credit curriculum requires the completion of a Public Health Practicum and MPH Comprehensive Examination. Applicants must supply the office of admissions with their official transcripts, GRE test scores, a statement of career goals, three letters of recommendation, and academic writing samples. UWF ranks No. 11 on the list of Best Online Colleges in Florida, according to BestSchools.org. 

 

#19. University of Washington – Seattle, WA

Online Executive Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $15,510 (in-state); $27,801 (out-of-state)

Score: 87.29

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When it comes to football atmospheres, there are not many that are better than at a Washington Huskies football game. The stadium holds the record for having the loudest game in college football history in 1992, 130 decibels, and is packed for every Saturday football home game. This kind of enthusiasm is something that can only be experienced by being a University of Washington student. UW's Online Executive Master of Public Health program is another great experience for students, one that prepares them for the challenges in the health field and the rewards that come with it. The two-year program promotes health equity and social justice and is taught by some of the best experts in the field. These experts have helped lead the UW Public School of Health to be ranked No. 6 for Best Public Health Graduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. The 63-credit program is considered rigorous and includes the completion of a practicum and final capstone project or thesis. Students who apply must have two years of professional experience in the health field and include with their application a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, official transcripts, a statement of purpose, and a current resume.

 

#18. University of Alabama at Birmingham – Birmingham, AL

Master of Science in Public Health

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Tuition: $8,100 (in-state); $18,540 (out-of-state)

Score: 87.29

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham has a lot of accomplishments to be proud of, including having 14 programs ranked in the list of the Top 25 Best Graduate Programs according to U.S. News & World Report's, and being ranked No. 1 by Times Higher Education for University Rankings. It also has six faculty members elected as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. It is a popular school of choice for graduate students, of which many choose to take a Master of Science in Public Health, a program ranked No. 2 for Best Online MPH programs by TopMastersInHealthCare.com. The MSPH program strives to teach students to make a difference in the world by doing something they love in the health profession. It is designed for individuals who desire to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health care treatments. Students who apply will use the online application service, SOPHAS, to submit their application and include with it their official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a resume, a statement of purpose and objectives, and GRE test scores. For more information on the curriculum entailed with the degree, students are encouraged to contact the university.

 

#17. Emory University – Atlanta, GA

Executive MPH (EMPH)

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Tuition: $41,800

Score: 87.77

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If you live on campus at Emory University, you'll have the opportunity to take part in the Oxford Olympics, an all-day competition between different dorms where students face off in tug-of-war, balloon fights, dodgeball, and other fun games and activities. In terms of academics, EU offers an Executive Master of Public Health with the option of taking a specialization in Applied Epidemiology, Applied Public Health Informatics, or Prevention Science. The 42-credit curriculum can be taken over two years and concludes with the Applied Practice Experience and Thesis. Most of the coursework will take place online using Canvas, a program where students can interact with their professors and peers, complete modules, and upload assignments to be completed for a grade. In order to be eligible, applicants must have at least three years of full-time experience in the health field and hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. When sending in the applications, students are also asked to include a resume, statement of purpose tailored towards their interest, three letters of recommendation, and college transcripts. EU ranks No. 4 on the list of Best Master's in Public Health Degrees, according to CollegeChoice.net. 

 

#16. University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $8,721 (in-state); $24,975 (out-of-state)

Score: 88.14

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One of four campuses that make up the University of Nebraska, the UN Medical Center has several medical programs that rank among the best in U.S. News & World Report's rankings. The College of Public Health ranks No. 56 among all University rankings in the nation. Its Master of Public Health program is designed to equip students with innovative solutions to help improve the population's health. The program is 100% online and includes specializations in Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Health Services Administration & Policy, and Maternal and Child Health. Students interested in learning more about the curriculum required, as well as the admissions requirements, are urged to go online and contact the university. 

 

#15. Nova Southeastern University – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Master of Public Health Online

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Tuition: $19,131

Score: 88.17

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With a retention rate of 80%, Nova Southeastern University has become a popular Florida college, offering up over 130 different degrees for its students. NSU was selected by Times Higher Education as one of 20 nationwide universities that could challenge the elite and become a world-renowned university by 2030. The Master of Public Health program offers a fully online degree which focuses on giving students the skills for promoting health, preventing disease, developing and evaluating programs, conducting research, and providing community service. The curriculum requires nine core courses and seven elective courses to be taken over two years to three years, depending on a student's schedule. As part of the admission requirements, applicants must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and provide the university with their official transcripts and GRE test scores. NSU ranks 191 on the list of Best National Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

 

#14. New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, NM

Master of Public Health Overview

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Tuition: $4,549 (in-state); $15,860 (out-of-state)

Score: 88.27

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New Mexico State University prides itself on diversity. Fifty-six percent of the school population identify themselves as Hispanic and 89 different countries are currently enrolled in a variety of the school's comprehensive programs. One of those programs is the Master of Public Health Overview which can be taken either online or on-campus. All courses taken on-campus begin after 5 p.m. in the evening, while all online courses can be taken at any time and are self-paced. The program offers two concentrations, Community Health Education and Health Management, Administration and Policy. The 42-credit curriculum requires the completion of 15 core credits, 18 concentration credits, three cultural foundation credits, and three field experience credits. Additionally, the program offers a thesis or non-thesis option. The non-thesis option requires the completion of a comprehensive examination that must be passed in order to successfully finish the program. The graduate admissions office requires the submission of official transcripts, GRE test scores, and three letters of reference. NMSU ranks No. 106 on the list of Best Public Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#13. Texas A&M University – College Station, TX

Online MPH in Epidemiology

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Tuition: $6,556 (in-state); $17,904 (out-of-state)

Score: 88.37

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Known most for its ROTC program, Texas A&M University is the oldest institution in Texas, dating back to 1876. It ranks No. 11 on the list of Best National Universities, according to Washington Monthly. TAMU's Online Master of Public Health in Epidemiology is one of 200 master's programs the school offers. The MPHE allows students to study the determining factors and patterns that cause disease in different populations and trains them to find preventative measures. While the courses are completely online, statistics courses offered with the degree plan must be taken on the main campus. Students will take anywhere from 48 to 54 credits, including a Practicum, as part of the curriculum coursework which is to be completed within two years. Along with official transcripts, students must put together and send in three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and test scores from their GRE exam. 

 

#12. University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, ND

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $8,226 (in-state); $21,964 (out-of-state)

Score: 88.76

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The University of North Dakota is most known for its hockey program, winners of eight men's national championships. Students that attend UND enjoy going to the games and take pride in the team's success. Off the ice, many students are working toward UND's Master of Public degree. As UND's website indicates, it has a 100% graduate employment rate in health-related careers and is the only online Indigenous Health program in the U.S. The degree offers a specialization in Population Health Research & Analysis, Health Management & Policy, and Indigenous Health. The 39-credit curriculum offers six plans of study, all requiring the degree to be completed within two years. Students will end their coursework with the MPH Culminating Experience which includes a seminar and practicum giving students practice in the field. The office of admissions requires students to submit three letters of recommendation, their official transcripts, a written statement of goals, and GRE test scores. UND ranks No. 112 on the list of Best Public Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#11. Harvard University – Boston, MA

MPH in Epidemiology – Online and On-campus

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Tuition: $46,384

Score: 89.52

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Harvard University has graduated some of America's former presidents, including Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, John Adams, and Theodore Roosevelt. Founded in 1636, it is America's oldest learning institution. HU holds several top national rankings, including No. 1 on the list of Best National Universities by Forbes, ARWU, and Times/Wall Street Journal. It is continuing to grow with the number of programs offered, and in 2015, added the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology Degree, which is structured to be completed both online and on-campus. Two-thirds of the coursework is designed to be taken online, and the rest will be from on-campus studies as well as practicum fieldwork. The program will provide students the skills to obtain leadership positions in hospitals, public health agencies, private sectors, and nongovernmental organizations. Applicants can only apply if they hold a bachelor's degree and have five years of relevant health-field experience, or hold another master's degree in a health-related field. For more information on admission requirements, the university invites students to go on its website to contact an admissions officer.

 

#10. University of Maryland – College Park, MD

Master of Public Health in Public Health Policy and Practice (Online)

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Tuition: $12,906 (in-state); $27,864 (out-of-state)

Score: 89.80

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The University of Maryland's mascot is a grumpy turtle although they are officially known as the Terrapins. The school ranks No. 15 and No. 22 on the list respectively for Most Innovative School and Best Public Research Institution, according to U.S. News & World Report. For students who live around the campus, UM offers over 800 clubs and organizations to be a part of. Its Master of Public Health in Public Health Policy and Practice Degree is an online program designed to give future health professionals the skills needed to address key public health practice and policy issues on a local, national, and global level. The 45-credit multidisciplinary program covers core courses in Public Health and Public Health Policy & Practice, and also offers students the opportunity to receive hands-on fieldwork with an internship and final capstone project. The capstone project can be substituted with a thesis if a student desires. The admissions office requires students to submit their official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of goals, and a professional resume to be considered for acceptance. 

 

#9. University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN

Executive MPH in Public Health Practice

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Tuition: $17,064 (in-state); $26,412 (out-of-state)

Score: 90.02

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The University of Minnesota gives its students the chance to escape walking from class to class outside during the brutal winter by navigating through underground tunnels. These tunnels, along with a few skyways, connect most of the campus and keeps its students warm. Ranked No. 5 for Top Online Master of Public Health Degree by U.S. News & World Report, UM offers an Executive MPH in Public Health Practice. The program combines online and on-campus coursework and is designed for those who already have health experience. The 42-credit curriculum is split up by core courses in Public Health, elective courses, the Applied Practice Experience, and the Integrated Learning Experience. Students have up to five years to complete the program, although it can be completed in one year's time with a full-time course load. Applicants must possess either a doctorate degree or have a bachelor's or master's degree with five years of experience in the health profession.

 

#8. University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

Online MPH Degree

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Tuition: $10,770 (in-state); $23,335 (out-of-state)

Score: 90.02

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While some want to attend the University of Florida because of the weather that comes with being in the Sunshine State, many also prefer it because it is one of the highest-ranked institutions in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 8 on the list of Top Public Universities. The university website also recognizes it for being the No. 1 school in the nation for Master's Degrees awarded to Hispanics. The Online Master of Public Health Degree is a 48-credit program which trains students to take up a leadership role as a healthcare professional. Students can choose a concentration path in Public Health Practice or Social and Behavioral Sciences. The online curriculum includes a five-credit internship which must be completed as well as a seminar and a special project. Students can complete the entire course without having to visit the campus or meet with any professors. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have received a bachelor's degree to be eligible for acceptance. The university also requires the GRE examination to be taken and the scores to be submitted.

 

#7. George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

The Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

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Tuition: $30,780

Score: 90.73

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Located just four blocks from the White House, George Washington University accepts students who are motivated and driven to succeed in their careers. These ambitious students have the opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty members both on-campus and off. The Online MPH program at The George Washington University ranks No. 12 on the list of Best Public Health Graduate Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. It prepares public health professionals for the challenges that lie ahead of them and trains them so they can make a difference in their community and beyond. Students will explore a curriculum in the areas of Health Policy, Global Health, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Communication, and Program Planning and Evaluation. The 45-credit program gives students the option of taking a one-year or 18-month track for completion and includes an internship and practicum as part of the coursework. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the school's admissions office for information on what is needed to be submitted. 

 

#6. University of California-Berkeley – Berkeley, CA

Online Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $11,442 (in-state); $26,544 (out-of-state)

Score: 91.19

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There are many reasons to fall in love with the University of California-Berkeley. It is ranked No. 1 for Best Public Universities Worldwide, according to U.S. News & World Report. It has 31 alumni who have been awarded the Nobel Prize. It has over 270 clubs and organizations for students to join and be a part of. It has several award-winning faculty members that teach young adults and prepare them for the outside world. The school has over 350 degree programs for students to choose from, many that are award-winning. UCB offers an Online Master of Public Health program that allows students to learn from some of the award-winning professors and learn about the critical health issues and challenges that the population is facing. Degree seekers in the program can specialize in Health Policy & Management, Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Special Data Science, and Global Health. Along with core courses and electives, students must also take a practicum that will give them real hands-on experience in the healthcare field. Applicants are required to submit to the office of admissions three letters of recommendation, documentation of work experience, a statement of purpose and personal history, and official transcripts.

 

#5. University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA

Master of Public Health Online

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Tuition: $44,712

Score: 91.57

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The University of Southern California was the school of choice for many in Hollywood, including Will Ferrell, Ron Howard, John Wayne, Tom Selleck, and director George Lucas. Located in the big city of Los Angeles, USC is the second-largest school in California, admitting over 46,000 students. The school's Public Health program ranks No. 37 for Best Graduate Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Master of Public Health Online gives students the proper skills that allow them to make an impact in the world and help others. The coursework is 100% online and allows students to choose from six different concentrations. Students will interact with professors through the internet and conduct live interactive sessions and utilize a variety of different online resources. Students can choose different tracks of study, including a one-year track which requires two to four courses per term, and a practicum during the fourth and final semester. Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, GRE test scores, and a resume detailing past work experience as well as volunteer experience.

 

#4. Florida International University – Miami, FL

Online Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $8,912 (in-state); $21,393 (out-of-state)

Score: 92.02

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Located in one of the most lively cities in America and with over 200 student organizations to be a part of, you will never be bored at Florida International University. Students at the university have the opportunity to take advantage of the Online Master of Public Health which allows students to pace themselves and work entirely from home. The interdisciplinary program gives students the opportunity to study the different causes and challenges of disease and how to treat it in a growing population. The 45-credit curriculum can be completed over 18 months and requires a Practicum and Integrative Seminar in Public Health. Students that apply must hold a bachelor's degree and submit to the office of admissions their GRE test scores, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a personal statement. In 2015, FIU ranked No. 7 on the list of Best Values in Public Higher Education, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

 

#3. John Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD

Master of Public Health

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Tuition: $53,740

Score: 92.95

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John Hopkins University has a lot of history behind it, including becoming the first research university in America. Over the years, the school has grown in respect and rank. Its Public Health program ranks No. 1 in Excellence for Public Health Degrees, according to U.S. News & World Report. The 80-credit curriculum can be completed anywhere from one to three years, depending on whether a student chooses a full-time or part-time online path. Fifty of the credits are to come from the program's core coursework, while the remaining credits are to come from electives, a capstone project, practicum experience, field experience, and advising and goals analysis. The interdisciplinary program tackles the world's most pressing public health issues and studies all aspects of the industry. Prior to applying, students must meet the prerequisite qualifications which include holding an undergraduate degree, having at least two years of health-related experience, and taking three health-related courses in science and math.

 

#2. University of South Florida – Tampa, FL

Online Master of Public Health Program

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Tuition: $8,350 (in-state); $19,048 (out-of-state)

Score: 93.41

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Studying at the University of South Florida definitely has its student life benefits. While taking a break from studies, students can visit downtown Tampa, drive down to Clearwater Beach, go out on the boat, go to pro baseball, hockey, or football games, or travel an hour east over to Disney World. Taking the Master of Public Health Online allows students to adjust their schedule accordingly to balance work life, study life, and leisure life. The program delivers courses in Canvas and uses the newest technology allowing students to utilize web conferencing and streaming media, podcasts, discussion forums, video blogging, and wikis. It is mandatory that before studying, students go on the website to ensure they have computer access and meet all the computer requirements for the different courses. The curriculum includes seven concentration areas and a mix of core courses, elective courses, practicum and field experience, and learning seminars. USF uses SOPHAS for applications and asks that students send into the office of admissions their official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, a writing sample, and GRE test scores. USF ranks No. 124 on the list of Best National Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

#1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC

Master of Public Health Program

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Tuition: $10,243 (in-state); $27,454 (out-of-state)

Score: 100.00

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Known most for its dominance in men's basketball, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gives students a chance to enjoy cheering on the Tar Heels while also earning a degree from a top institution. The school's Public Health program ranks No. 2 on the list of Best Public Health Care Programs in the Nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The program is delivered entirely online and gives students the leadership skills they need to take on the different health issues our population faces. The 42-credit curriculum allows students to choose a concentration in Nutrition, Health Policy, or Leadership in Practice. Courses can be taken full-time or part-time and the degree can be completed anywhere from 20 to 36 months. Before earning their degree, graduate students must complete a final comprehensive exam following fieldwork in the public health field. A number of documents are required to be submitted alongside the application, including a statement of purpose, official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, and a current professional resume.

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