2017 Top Online Schools for Public Health

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1

University of Southern California

The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California offers a Master of Public Health degree online, and this innovative program is designed for current and emerging professionals in the public health industry. Students will be taught by the same highly qualified faculty that teaches on-campus classes. There are four concentrations in this degree program: Biostatics & Epidemiology, Health Education & Promotion, Geohealth, and Global Health Leadership. Students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Foundations in Health Education and Promotion, Principles of Biostatistics, Public Health Management and Leadership Seminar, and Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

2

Benedictine University

Benedictine University offers an online Master of Public Health degree, and it is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Students enrolled in this program will explore many public health topics such as epidemiology, health services management, environmental health, biological aspects of public health, biostatistics, ethics in public health, health policy, and behavioral and social aspects of public health. Students can earn an M.P.H. degree with a certificate in Health Management and Policy, Emergency Preparedness, Health Education and Promotion, and Epidemiology. Online students enjoy the same high quality education as on-campus students, and an advisor is always available to speak to students.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

3

Drexel University

Drexel University Online offers three graduate level certificates in public health. The Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics is designed for public health administrators, doctors, nurses, clinical researchers and other professionals. Students in the nine-credit program learn about descriptive and analytic epidemiology and biostatistics and learn to design and analyze an epidemiological study. The Certificate in Global Health is an 18-credit program that includes a practicum experience. The Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health focuses on the complex medical and ethical issues involved in studying LGBT communities and considers how sexual identity impacts health and care. The LGBT certificate is a nine-credit program.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

4

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brigham Young University - Idaho offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Health Education and Promotion. This degree prepares students for employment in the field of public health, and it also prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination which is offered through the National Committee on Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). Graduates from this degree program often go on to become health promotion specialists/managers, research coordinators, international health specialists, health teacher educators, public health educators, epidemiologist, and more. Students enrolled in this program will take such courses as Medical Terminology, Environmental Health, Health Communications, and Nutrient Metabolism.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,624 Students

5

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an Executive Master of Public Health, a Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health, a Master of Public Health in Public Health Leadership, and a Master of Public Health with Global Online Track entirely online. The M.P.H. in maternal & child health centers on the improvement of health programs, practices, and policies for women and children. The M.P.H with Global Online Track is intended for working professionals in the field of public health. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 97.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,135 Students

6

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan offers an Executive Master's Program in Health Management and Policy online. This program allows students to pursue a Master of Health Services Administration or a Master of Public Health, and it takes about two years to complete. The program is intended for mid-career professionals, particularly physicians. The program does require nine three-day weekend sessions in Ann Arbor, and the professors also will create live classroom experiences through internet video conferencing. Students in this program will take courses such as Health Law, Managerial Accounting for Health Care Administrators, Biostatistics, and Operations Research and Control Systems.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

7

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health entirely online. In this program, students will learn about the behavioral and social study of health, human disease, environmental health, and physical activity for both private and public industries. Students in the program will take courses that explore an overview of public health, the role and importance of data in public health, human health, determinants of health, project implementation, overview of the health system, health communication, as well as health policy, law, ethics, and economics. Students pursuing an online degree at Northern Arizona University will receive the same high quality educational experience as students who pursue a traditional degree program.

CAG Score 92.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,705 Students

8

University of Missouri-Columbia

The University of Missouri online offers a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in health policy and promotion. This program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, and it is 45-credit hours. An M.P.H. degree will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to make a lasting impact in many different areas. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with a varied curriculum. Online students are also expected to participate in a public health internship to gain field experience, and the public health faculty will help students to find an appropriate internship in their area.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 94.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

35,425 Students

9

A T Still University of Health Sciences

A.T. Still University offers a Master of Public Health and a Master of Public Health with Dental Emphasis entirely online. The program is accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and it is considered to be a military friendly program. The online Master of Public Health with Dental Emphasis is the first and only program of its kind, and it allows for an integration of M.P.H. content and dental content. Students in the M.P.H. program will take courses such as Public Health Systems Policy and Management, Community Health Informatics, Community-Based Programs, Public Health Practicum, and Community Health and Social Media.

10

Liberty University

Liberty University offers a Master of Public Health entirely online, and the M.P.H. degree is available in three different concentrations: Global Health, Nutrition, and Health Promotion. The emphasis on global health is an M.P.H. degree that focuses on biostatistics and epidemiology, the emphasis on nutrition focuses on the aspect of public health that deals with the importance of good nutrition, and the emphasis on health promotion focuses on solutions for disease prevention, healthcare, and nutrition. Graduates of the M.P.H. program have gone on to become health educators, public health specialists, missionaries, in-country field consultants, disaster relief workers, medical researchers, and government medical specialists.

11

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, a Master of Public Health, and a graduate certificate of Public Health. The goal of the public health programs is to give students the knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life of both communities and individuals. The program requires students to participate in field work, which will better prepare them for employment in the field. The Master of Public Health features concentrations in Applied Epidemiology, Health Promotion, and Health Services.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 93.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

42,236 Students

12

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Online offers a Master of Public Health in Nutrition, a Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice, a Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management. They also offer an online graduate certificate in public health laboratory science, a graduate certificate in health management, a graduate certificate in health informatics, and a graduate certificate in global health. Students earning an M.P.H. degree are those who wish to be a part of the solution to society's consistent health care problems. The School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

28,635 Students

13

Kent State University at Kent

The College of Public Health at Kent State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health as well a Master of Public Health entirely online. Students who are pursuing their undergraduate degrees in public health will be given skills and knowledge in the five different disciplines of public health: epidemiology, health policy and management, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, and biostatistics. The M.P.H. program takes two years to complete, and its career-focused practicum can be tailored to students' professional goals and needs. Students in the M.P.H. program will take courses such as Public Health Administration, Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health, and Emerging Issues in Public Health & Management.

14

Michigan State University

Michigan State University offers an entirely online Master of Public Health with no requirements to visit campus. The program is open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds, including those with degrees in business, law, nursing, dietetics, and anthropology. The program includes six core courses, covering topics such as environmental factors in health, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health administration, and social factors in health. Students also take six electives to tailor the program to their personal career goals. Students finish the program with a practicum, which can be undertaken anywhere in the United States and in some foreign locations, and a capstone paper. Classes are offered in an asynchronous format for maximum flexibility.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,081 Students

15

Loma Linda University

The School of Public Health at Loma Linda University offers a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Lifestyle Management entirely online. In this program, health professionals gain the skills and knowledge needed to promote healthy lifestyle changes in patients with chronic diseases. Graduates of this program are prepared to conduct individual health assessments; apply preventive methodologies to chronic diseases and risk factors; lead and evaluate projects of health promotion; and provide medical lifestyle counseling. Students in this program will take courses such as Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle, Obesity and Disordered Eating, Tobacco Use: Prevention and Interventions, and Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

16

Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University offers an online degree completion program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion. The degree is designed for students seeking a career in public health or related fields leading health promotion programs, such as smoking cessation. The program is open to students who have completed all of their general education requirements, which can be accomplished by earning an associate degree or taking the courses individually through Appalachian State. Students who already have a bachelor's degree can also apply to the program. Students enter the program in the fall term as part of a cohort and take two courses per semester, including the summer. A cohort completes the program in 10 semesters.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,026 Students

17

National University

The School of Health and Human Services at National University offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health as well as a Master of Public Health entirely online. Graduates of the bachelor's degree program will be prepared to enter the workforce in entry-level public health positions in a number of different health agencies such as voluntary health agencies, governmental health agencies, community based/non-governmental agencies, education agencies, medical care services, and business and industry. The M.P.H. program prepares students for leadership roles in health promotion and disease prevention, public health care administration, and community mental health. Students in public health degree programs will take courses such as Introduction to Biomedical Statistics, The Ecology of Public Health, and Culture and Health.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

18

Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center

Des Moines University offers a Master of Public Health program entirely online. The degree is offered in three concentrations: General Public Health, Health Service Management, and Health Promotion. Graduates of the general public health concentration tend to work in local and state public health departments, community-based entities, or nonprofit organizations. Graduates of the health service management concentration tend to find employment in hospitals, public health departments, clinics, heath insurance corporations, and long-term care organizations whereas graduates of the health promotion concentration typically seek employment in roles such as health educator, patient educator, community health planner, and policymaker. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

19

Tulane University of Louisiana

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University offers a Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene, a Master of Public Health in Disaster Management, a Master of Public Health in Occupational Health & Safety Management, a Master of Public Health in Occupational & Environmental Health, an Industrial Hygiene Graduate Certificate, and a Disaster Management Graduate Certificate online. Each degree program offered by the School of Public Health has slightly different goals. For example, one of the goals of the MSPH in Industrial Hygiene is to prepare graduates to take the CIH certification exam given by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Students in these programs will take courses like Introductory Biostatistics and Epidemiological Methods.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

20

Oregon Health & Science University

The School of Public Health at the Oregon Health and Science University offers one specialty in its Master of Public Health program completely online. The school also offers an online graduate certificate in public health. The M.P.H. specialty track available online is in primary health care and health disparities, which is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in health departments, community health clinics and similar positions. The degree requires 58 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 26 credits in the specialty track, an internship, and nine credits in electives. The public health graduate-level certificate is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any subject. The curriculum stresses core public health competencies.

21

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University offers a certificate in Public Health Fundamentals for Field Professionals as well as a Master of Public Health degree online. The M.P.H. degree is available in three different concentrations: Community Health, Epidemiology, and Public Health Administration. The program provides students with a high quality learning experience with multiple opportunities for research, practice, and community service. The M.P.H. program is geared towards working professionals as it offers the flexibility and convenience adults with full-time jobs will need to pursue a further education. Students enrolled in this program will take such courses as Philosophy of Public Health, Environmental Health Practice, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health, and Health Service Administration.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,434 Students

22

Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University offers the following programs online: a Master of Science in Health Policy, a Certificate in Health Policy, a Master of Science in Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research, a Certificate in Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research, a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety, a Certificate in Population Health, a Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety, and a Certificate in Operational Excellence. Online courses offer the flexibility and convenience that working professionals often need while also delivering the same high quality educational experience as the on-site programs. Online students are still a part of a learning community, and they are required to participate in a comprehensive online orientation.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

23

University of Florida

The College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida offers an online Master of Public Health. While students enrolled in the online program do have the option to visit the UF campus to interact with other M.P.H. students and faculty, there are no required campus visits. The College of Public Health and Health Professions is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students enrolled in the M.P.H. program will take courses such as Principles of Epidemiology, Statistical Methods for Health Science, U.S. Health Care System, Introduction to Management of Health Service Organization, and Zoonotic Diseases in Humans and Animals.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,459 Students

24

SUNY at Albany

The School of Public Health at the University of Albany offers an online Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice. This degree program is designed for working professionals who are seeking their M.P.H. degree while also working in the field of public health. This program is available to students with at least three years of experience in public health, and students in this program will gain knowledge of the theory and evidence-based public health interventions as well as the steps of program planning and evaluation. Students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology, Biological Basis of Public Health, and Principles of Public Health.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

17,273 Students

25

Mississippi University for Women

Students who have begun work for an undergraduate degree in public health may be eligible for the degree completion program offered online by the Mississippi University for Women. Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education must have an associate degree or have completed general studies requirements and prerequisites. The program is part of Mississippi's 2+2 program with community colleges. The curriculum includes courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, infectious disease, global health, and chronic disease. Students are required to work an internship that results in at least 320 contact hours of public health education experience. Students may choose the agency they work for, and the experience can include planning and implementing programs, developing health education materials, and conducting assessments.

26

University of New England

The University of New England offers a Master of Public Health degree program entirely online, with no campus visits required. The M.P.H. program is specifically designed to create public health leaders and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to prevent injury and diseases and to promote the health of both individuals and communities. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and it can be completed in just 18 months. Students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Public Health Policy and Management, Principles of Epidemiology, and Introduction to Environmental Health.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

27

The University of West Florida

The University of West Florida offers a Master of Public Health program entirely online, and it is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The program prepares students for leadership roles in the field of public health, and students are able to tailor their courses to best meet their career goals. The mission of the program is to empower public health professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute ethically and creatively to research and service that promotes public health and disease prevention. Students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals, Environmental Health, Biostatics for Public Health, and Public Health Policy.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 94.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,602 Students

28

Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin offers the following graduate public health programs online: Master of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Community Health Assessment and Planning, and Graduate Certificate in Population Health Management. The M.P.H. program is a 42-credit program, and it does not require any visits to campus. The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Online students are provided with many of the same helpful resources as on-campus students, and the MCW website provides online learning strategies to help students to succeed with online studies. Students enrolled in the M.P.H. program will take courses such as Public Health Administration, Principles of Epidemiology, and Behavioral Science and Public Health.

29

New York Medical College

The School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College offers a Master of Public Health degree online in three different concentrations: Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion, Environmental Health Science, and Health Policy and Management. New York Medical College offers an accelerated program where students can pursue their M.P.H. degree in one year. The behavioral sciences and health promotion concentration will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the role of social influences and behavior in health, the environmental health science concentration will provide students with an understanding of environmental hazards, and the health policy and management concentration will give students knowledge on the quality, delivery, and costs of health care for populations and individuals.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

30

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

Nebraska Methodist College has an online program for a Master of Science in Wellness and Health Promotion Management that trains students to create and manage public, community, and corporate wellness initiatives. Students can earn the degree in as few as 16 months. The program requires 33 credits, and classes are offered in an accelerated five-week format, with one week off between class sessions. Classes are offered in an asynchronous format and are available to students 24/7. The curriculum covers topics such as program design and evaluation, marketing health promotion, and analyzing research. Students must create a capstone project in health promotion to complete their degree. The program is open to applicants who earned a bachelor's degree in any field.

31

University of Illinois at Springfield

The University of Illinois - Springfield offers a Master of Public Health degree entirely online. This degree is available in a generalist concentration and an environmental health concentration, and the environmental health program is fully accredited by The National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). The online M.P.H. degree is identical to the on-campus degree, and online students will receive the same high quality educational experience. Students enrolled in this program will take such courses as Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System, Human Well Being, Environmental Toxicology, and Chemicals and the Citizen.

32

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

The Department of Public Health Sciences at New Mexico State University offers a Master in Public Health in Community Health Education online, and the program has the same degree requirements and curriculum as the on-campus version of the program. The program can be completed entirely online, and it does not require any visits to campus. The program is 48 hours and can be completed in three years. The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

33

Idaho State University

Idaho State University offers a Master of Public Health (M.P.H) program online, and ISU is the only school in Idaho with an M.P.H. program that is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The goal of the program is to equip public health professionals with the knowledge and the skills to improve health programs that will benefit communities and individuals. The program places an emphasis on public health research and scholarly endeavors, and students enrolled in the program will take courses such as Applications in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Social & Cultural Perspectives in Public Health, and U.S. & Global Health Systems.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

CAG Score 93.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,429 Students

34

The University of Montana

The School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana offers a Master of Public Health as well as a Certificate of Public Health entirely online. The program is 42 credits, and it takes about two years to complete. The program will equip students with the skills and knowledge to prepare community data for public health assessment, contribute to public health programs and policy development, communicate within a public health setting, collaborate with the community, respond to public health issues within rural settings, and more. Students enrolled in the program will take such courses as Introduction to Epidemiology, Fundamentals of Biostatistics, Public Health Administration & Management, and Health Policy.

35

University of Nebraska Medical Center

The College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center offers many programs online: a Master of Science in Emergency Preparedness, a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics, a Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health, a Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice, a Professional Certificate in Public Health, and a Professional Certificate in Emergency Preparedness. These programs are geared towards the working public health professional who is trying to advance his or her career and needs a certain amount of flexibility and convenience in his or her studies. The department is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Accreditation: Council on Education for Public Health

Evaluating Online Public Health Degrees

Thanks to the efforts of public health schools to improve their distance education offerings, high-quality online degree programs are now available at every level – from undergraduate to graduate. Since public health is a hands-on profession, many schools have developed hybrid degrees. Courses are completed online, but internships and fieldwork are arranged in a student’s local area.

As you’re researching offerings, check to see if your school and program have:

  • Regional accreditation
  • CEPH accreditation (you can search for online degrees at the CEPH Degree Database)
  • Opportunities for practical experience (e.g. local fieldwork, internships, study abroad and service learning)
  • Distance learning support services
  • A strong “brick and mortar” reputation (Is there a school of public health? How much research does it conduct? Does it receive NIH funding? What kind of jobs do alumni hold?)
  • Respected faculty who teach the same courses online as they do on-campus

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