30 Most Affordable Master in Public Health Degree Programs 2015

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BY HAD Staff
September 2015

In this article, we highlight the 30 most affordable MPH programs for 2015.

Earning a master’s degree in public health could open up a growing industry to you, and attending an affordable MPH program may help you advance your career without taking on excessive student debt. A degree in this field can help equip you with the skills to assume a leadership position in large-scale health efforts, such as community health programs or controlling the spread of infectious diseases.

Public health professionals focus on five core disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy and health administration, and social and behavioral sciences. These disciplines help professionals learn to recognize and influence health trends on a large scale, and professionals in this field often take a leading role in developing policies and procedures to improve the health of a larger community.

Nationwide, students can find master of public health programs in 222 universities. Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database, we evaluated in-state tuition and fees for these institutions. Schools are listed in order of affordability, with the least expensive program at #1.

30. California State University, San Bernardino

Master of Public Health
San Bernardino, California

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California State University San Bernardino

Tuition and Fees: $7,816

California State University, San Bernardino has a consistent reputation for excellence and has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the western United States for 10 consecutive years. The university offers a well-rounded master’s degree in public health, giving students exposure to all core elements of public health. The program is designed especially for students with experience in public health who wish to become leaders in the industry.

29. West Virginia University

Master of Public Health
Morgantown, West Virginia

Website
west virginia university

Tuition and Fees: $7,794

West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, is home to the only school of public health in the state. The school’s extensive master’s program uses mentorships and research opportunities to help students become acquainted with the health needs of people all over the globe. West Virginia University offers several master’s of public health programs for students to choose between, including biostatistics and epidemiology.

28. San Francisco State University

Master of Public Health
San Francisco, California

Website
San Francisco State University

Tuition and Fees: $7,734

Since 1899, San Francisco State University has offered a diverse educational experience. Today, the school offers more than 100 different bachelor’s degrees. In the school’s master of public health program, students begin their education in the fall and must take a summer semester between the first and second year of the program. The degree is offered to students who have earned two years of experience in a health-related field.

27. Idaho State University

Master of Public Health
Pocatello, Idaho

Website
idaho state university

Tuition and Fees: $7,734

Centrally located in Pocatello with satellite branches around the state, Idaho State University serves as the state’s central school for health education. The school’s master of public health program is only offered online and is the state’s only program to have earned certification with the Council for Public Health. Through extensive internship opportunities, students in this program have the chance to gain real-world experience.

26. California State University, Long Beach

Master of Public Health
Long Beach, California

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California State University Long Beach

Tuition and Fees: $7,718

With over 35,000 students, California State University, Long Beach is one of the state’s largest universities. Students earning the school’s master’s degree in public health can enjoy collaboration with the local community, frequent guest lectures and a diverse faculty. The program also focuses on helping students develop skills to meet the health needs of impoverished individuals.

25. University of Southern Maine

Master of Public Health
Portland, Maine

Website
University of Southern Maine

Tuition and Fees: $7,670

The University of Southern Maine was established in 1878 and has locations in three Maine cities: Portland, Lewiston and Gorham. The university’s master’s degree in public health focuses on several core skills to build leadership abilities and utilizes teamwork projects to encourage students to collaborate. As with many master of public health programs, students with jobs or other commitments can take advantage of the program’s afternoon and evening schedule.

24. California State University, Northridge

Master of Public Health
Fullerton, California

Website
California State University Northridge

Tuition and Fees: $7,621

With more than 40,000 students, California State University, Northridge is the second-largest university in the state of California. Students of the school’s Department of Health Sciences can earn a master of public health degree with an emphasis on community health education. Through partnerships with the local community, students will gain the skills necessary to coordinate broad efforts to improve community health.

23. University of New Mexico

Master of Public Health
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Website
University of New Mexico

Tuition and Fees: $7,244

The University of New Mexico serves a critical role in New Mexico as a leading research institution and one of the biggest employers in the state. To graduate from the school’s master of public health program, students must complete 42 credit hours, pass an oral exam and finish a thesis or an integrative experience class. Courses are designed to meet the educational needs of students who already have some experience in the field.

22. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Master of Science in Public Health
Birmingham, Alabama

Website
University of Alabama Birmingham

Tuition and Fees: $7,090

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of the drivers of the state’s economy; many of the state’s jobs are either directly or indirectly related to the university. The school offers master’s in public health programs in a number of fields, including industrial hygiene and environmental health. Enrolled students must complete an extensive research project or thesis before graduation. The university’s affiliation with the UAB Health System helps its program to perform consistently well in MPH program rankings.

21. Campbell University

Master of Science in Public Health
Builes Creek, North Carolina

Website
Campbell University

Tuition and Fees: $7,020

Originally founded as a small community school in 1887, Campbell University now offers master’s programs in a number of fields, including education and business. Campbell University’s Master of Science in public health is a full-time program that lasts for two years. In the first year, students spend all of their time in the classroom and progress to research projects and elective classes in the second year. Internships and volunteering are encouraged but not required.

20. University of Southern Mississippi

Master of Public Health
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Website

University of Southern Mississippi
Tuition and Fees: $6,980

Since its founding in 1910, the University of Southern Mississippi has offered students a number of exciting opportunities, including an extensive study-abroad program and a well-known fine arts department. The school’s master’s degree in public health offers a number of different specializations, including health education and health policy. Students must complete a number of hours of fieldwork at off-campus locations in order to graduate from the program.

19. Oklahoma State University

Master of Public Health
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Website
Oklahoma State University

Tuition and Fees: $6,901

Oklahoma State University is known for its athletic program and its massive homecoming party each fall, drawing over 70,000 attendees annually. The school’s master’s degree in public health covers a number of topics to help students meet future challenges in the health industry and rural communities. During the program, students can expect to work with a rural community in the state to gain practical knowledge and experience dealing with underserved populations.

18. University of Utah

Master of Public Health
Salt Lake City, Utah

Website
University of Utah

Tuition and Fees: $6,890

Overlooking beautiful Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship school with a long list of degree options. The master of public health degree at this school offers a general education about the core topics in the field, including biostatistics, social sciences and health administration. Students are not required to complete a research project, focusing solely on coursework instead.

17. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Master of Public Health
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Website
University of North Carolina Charlotte

Tuition and Fees: $6,763

The University of North Carolina has a long and storied past and is one of the oldest public universities in the nation. In addition to offering one of the best affordable MPH programs, the school performs quite well in MPH program rankings, tying for the second-best program in the nation according to the US News and World Report. Students who are looking for a future in public health will find a robust master of public health program. Field training pairs students with community organizations within North Carolina, supplying the student with practical experience for a future job in public health.

16. Jackson State University

Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health
Jackson, Mississippi

Website
Jackson State University

Tuition and Fees: $6,602

Since starting out as Natchez Seminary, Jackson State University has undergone numerous name changes and moves. Jackson State University offers both master’s in public health programs and doctorate programs. The MPH programs offer flexible schedules for students who are working, and students will need to complete an internship before they can graduate. The DPH programs equip students with the tools to become research scientists and educators.

15. East Carolina University

Master of Public Health
Greenville, North Carolina

Website
East Carolina University

Tuition and Fees: $6,407

Originally established as a teaching college, East Carolina University now attracts students interested in careers in nursing, business, theater and music. East Carolina University has been offering its master of public health program since 2003, and the program emphasizes the many challenges facing public health in the eastern North Carolina area. The program is certified by CEPH and utilizes small class sizes to help students learn the material quickly and effectively.

14. North Dakota State University

Master of Public Health
Fargo, North Dakota

Website
North Dakota State University

Tuition and Fees: $6,225

North Dakota State University began as a school focused on the agricultural needs of the region, but today it offers programs covering a wide variety of interests. The school offers public health master’s programs for a variety of specializations, including American Indian public health and management of infectious diseases. Students can expect to work closely with faculty members on research projects.

13. Georgia Regents University

Master of Public Health
Augusta, Georgia

Website
Geogria Regents University

Tuition and Fees: $6,216

Georgia Regents University offers plenty for students interested in medicine and health, including a medical school, the state’s only dental school and a large research institution. The two-year master of public health program helps students prepare for future careers by participating in major research projects and an internship. Most of the program’s offerings are online, allowing working students to advance their education while still maintaining employment.

12. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Master of Public Health
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Website
University of Oklahoma Health Sciece Center

Tuition and Fees: $6,214

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is one of only four health centers throughout the country; the school consistently performs well in national MPH program rankings. Applicants to the school’s master of public health program can choose two areas of focus from a list of options, including biostatistics, environmental health and health promotion sciences. Some of the university’s public health master’s programs require completion of fieldwork experience with a final paper and an accompanying oral presentation.

11. Louisiana State University

Master of Public Health
Shreveport, Louisiana

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LSU Shreveport

Tuition and Fees: $6,175

The public health program has been in place at Louisiana State University since 2007 with the first class graduating in 2010. As the only MPH program in the region, LSU is well-suited for the working student since courses take place in the evenings. The joint Masters in Public Health program at LSU  Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport was recently awarded accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. Students enrolled in the master of public health program are required to take classes in five basic disciplines of public health, ranging from biostatistics to behavioral science. To gain practical experience, the school requires students to participate in community health organizations.

10. American Public University System

Master of Public Health
Charlestown, West Virginia

Website
American Public University System

Tuition and Fees: $6,150

Open since 1991, American Public University System is on online-only university that offers a number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The teachers in the school’s master of public health program are experts in the field, and many hold advanced positions in the public health sector. Students learn directly from those who have first-hand knowledge of major health challenges, such as world disasters in rural areas.

9. The University of Texas Health Science Center

Master of Public Health
Houston, Texas

Website
University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Tuition and Fees: $6,071

The University of Texas Health Science Center is located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the largest medical center in the world. The School of Public Health offers several high-value master’s of public health programs. The university offers one of the best MPH programs available and even allows motivated students to craft their own customized MPH program.

8. The University of Montana

Master of Public Health
Missoula, Montana

Website
University of Montana

Tuition and Fees: $5,765

Spread out among a lush landscape, the University of Montana has been the central location for advanced education in Montana since 1893. The school uses distance learning for its master’s degree in public health, allowing students who live in rural areas to participate. Requirements for completion of the program include 42 credit hours, a portfolio and a professional paper. Students can also take advantage of on-campus learning opportunities.

7. The University of Texas at El Paso

Master of Public Health
El Paso, Texas

Website
University of Texas El Paso

Tuition and Fees: $5,525

The University of Texas at El Paso was originally founded to study metals and minerals; today, the school offers diverse degrees across many subjects. Courses in the master of public health program focus on issues unique to Texas, including a special course about health issues related to the border with Mexico. Some classes are held in the afternoons and evenings to accommodate working students. Full-time students usually finish the program within five semesters.

6. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Master of Public Health
Las Vegas, Nevada

Website
University of Nevada Las Vegas

Tuition and Fees: $5,500

Located in glitzy Las Vegas, this branch of the University of Nevada system houses the only dental school in the entire state. The school offers four master’s of public health programs, ranging from environmental and occupational health to social and behavioral health. The school also offers specialized MPH programs from its dental school.

5. Missouri State University

Master of Public Health
Springfield, Missouri

Website
Missouri State University

Tuition and Fees: $5,388

Missouri State University first opened its doors in 1905 as a teaching college. Currently, students with work and other commitments will find flexibility while earning their master’s degree in public health; coursework can be completed online, during evening classes and on weekends. After finishing their classroom studies, students will undergo a field internship with a local health agency.

4. University of Nevada, Reno

Master of Public Health
Reno, Nevada

Website
University of Nevada Reno

Tuition and Fees: $5,290

The University of Nevada, Reno was established as part of Nevada’s original constitution and was the only university in the state for many years. Graduate students of the university’s School of Community Health Sciences can choose between two public health master’s programs: epidemiology and social and behavioral health. All classes are held on campus, and graduate assistantships are available for students who need help with tuition expenses.

3. Armstrong State University

Master of Public Health
Savannah, Georgia

Website
Armstrong State University

Tuition and Fees: $5,182

Armstrong State University, located in Savannah, Georgia, sits in the midst of an arboretum and is home to more than 7,000 students. Graduate students can earn a master’s degree in public health through the school’s College of Health Professions. Unlike many master of public health programs, the sole focus of Armstrong’s degree is in community health education, making this an ideal school for those interested in that aspect of public health.

2. Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center

Master of Public Health
Des Moines, Iowa

Website
Des Moines Osteopathic

Tuition and Fees: $5,100

Des Moines University is one of the oldest and largest medical schools in the United States. The university’s College of Health Sciences offers a CEPH-accredited master’s degree in public health. Students can choose to attend classes online or on campus, and they can choose from any electives rather than locking themselves into a particular specialty.

1. University of North Texas Health Science Center

Master of Public Health
Fort Worth, Texas

Website
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Tuition and Fees: $5,020

As a standalone graduate facility specializing in health sciences, the University of North Texas Health Science Center offers students one of the best affordable MPH programs available. The school offers several different MPH programs, including several options that can be completed online. Students of this affordable MPH program can expect to complete their studies within two years.

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Source: National Center for Educational Statistics College Navigator