5 Top Online Master in Public Health Degrees

  1. John’s Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University offers an online MPH program that full-time students can complete in 11 months and most part-time students complete in two to three years. The curriculum requires 80 quarter credits, and is comprised of topics such as epidemiology, public health practice, environmental health, and biostatistics. There are a variety of concentration available, including aging, child and adolescent health, epidemiological and biostatistical methods, food, nutrition, and health, food systems, global environmental sustainability and health, humanitarian health, health leadership and management, health systems and policy, infectious diseases, social and behavioral sciences, and women’s and reproductive health.

Who Should Apply: Students who apply to this program must have a minimum of 2 years of experience of either full-time, post-baccalaureate, health-related work experience or a doctoral degree in a field related to public health. Applicants in the process of gaining experience can apply before they have reached the two-year mark, as long as the requirement is fulfilled by the time of enrollment. Though many students are physicians, a variety of backgrounds can fulfill this requirement, including health-related Peace Corp work, managing a research lab or covering health policy as a journalist. Students should also have completed one math course, one introductory biology course, and one health related science or a second biology course before being enrolled in the program.

Program Requirements: To earn this degree, students complete 80 credits and is comprised of core courses, elective courses, advising and goals analysis, a practicum experience, field experience, and a capstone project. Core courses make up half the program and train students in biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health management, public health practice, policy and problem solving, environmental health, and public health biology. Elective courses are completely customizable to students, with more than 200 courses to choose from. The Goals Analysis gives students the opportunity to plan their education early in the program and can be modified throughout the program. The practicum experience is intended for students to get field experience and requires at least 100 hours that are aligned with personal goals. The practicum is a population-level project conducted at an established organization or agency and can be based in a variety of settings anywhere in the world. The capstone is an opportunity for students to synthesize, integrate and apply the skills and competencies they have acquired to a public health problem.

Funding: Multiple options for funding are available through the school. All international and U.S. applicants admitted to the MPH program are considered for scholarship support. However, the review process for scholarships is extremely competitive and only the highest-rated applicants receive funding. Federal aid is also available to students who are eligible. In addition, Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programs can help with repaying loans. The MPH Field Experience Fund awards can be used by students to develop an MPH Capstone project or to have a population-based practicum experience. Students can also apply for a group award through this fund.

  1. University of Florida

The University of Florida offers an online 48-credit MPH program that is designed for distance students who do not have the time or finance to be full-time students. Lectures are prerecorded and available for students to watch at their convenience and tests are administered through an online proctoring service. Students have the option of choosing one of two concentrations, Public Health Practice or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Apply: Students in the Public Health Practice concentration are often professionals, such as physicians, nurses, social workers, and nutritionists, who work in public health settings. It is also available to students in joint degree programs on the campus, working professionals who return to campus to study, and medical and other health professional residents in Gainesville and Jacksonville. Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration are often undergraduate majors in sociology, anthropology, psychology and health education, individuals with backgrounds in bench science, health professions, and other professions, such as journalism, to provide a multi-layered perspective on the determinants of and solutions to health problems, and those who are involved in creative aspects of community assessment, program development and evaluation, and research.

Program Requirements: This program is comprised of core courses in environmental health, epidemiology, public health management and policy, and social and behavioral sciences, while the biostatistics requirement varies between the concentrations. Students must also complete an internship that is individually tailored to assure competence in general MPH and concentration-specific skills and to meet student goals, concentration criteria, and the needs of the agencies involved. Students are also responsible for completing a special project in which they write and present a paper intended to encourage students to understand their field/internship in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field, and to examine how the project helped to strengthen their competence in public health and concentration-specific skills. Students must also attend a seminar in contemporary public health issues, which requires the completion of a final paper and oral presentation.

Funding: Applications and eligibility requirements for financial aid is available through FAFSA. This will determine if students are eligible for federal aid. Other forms of financial aid are available in the form of fellowships, graduate assistantships, funding awards, and graduate research fellowships.

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an online 42 credit MPH program with a public health leadership concentration. The curriculum is designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. This program features multimedia coursework to develop both practical skills and a comprehensive understanding of the field. Students will also build on their work experiences to broaden their understanding of public health and develop effective leadership and implementation science skills.

Who Should Apply: Applicants must have at least two years of relevant work experience, and the university expects students to apply previous professional knowledge as they complete program requirements.

Program Requirements: The degree is comprised of core classes in addition to required courses for the concentration. These include courses in methods and measures, data analysis, public health solutions, and developing, implementing, and evaluating public health solutions. Concentration courses include leadership for system transformation, leadership for health policy and equity, leader’s role in public health quality improvement, and leader’s role in implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Funding: Federal financial aid in the form of loans and military education benefits are available to those who are eligible. Graduate students do not qualify for the Federal and State grants that are available to undergraduate students. In some cases, graduate and professional students might qualify for awards through their department or school. Contact your individual program for more information. Scholarship opportunities may be available to graduate students, so it is encouraged to check with specific academic departments and also research funding opportunities through UNC’s Funding Information Portal.

  1. George Washington University

George Washington University offers an online Master of Public Health degree with six available focus areas: environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, global health, health communication, health policy, and program planning and evaluation. Students can concentrate their elective studies in one of the focus areas or select courses from across focus areas for a holistic education.

Who Should Apply: Students are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university as well as completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of applying. GRE waivers exist for students with US, or international US equivalent, graduate degrees.

Program Requirements: Students enroll in core public health courses, program-specific courses and electives. The curriculum includes coursework in biostatistical applications for public health, environmental and occupational health, and management and policy approaches to public health. Elective courses include topics in US health delivery systems, global health program evaluation, comparative global health systems, planning and implementing health promotion programs, public health communication and marketing, and data management and analysis. Focus courses include courses such as community engagement and advocacy, leadership seminar, researching violence against women, sexual and reproductive health program planning, social change and climate, public health and law, public health in complex emergencies, qualitative methods, and nutrition. Students complete a practicum at an approved local site and a culminating experience during which students demonstrate mastery of concepts.

Funding: Awards that are both merit-based scholarships and partner organization benefits are given to outstanding students whose professional and academic achievements set them apart as leaders in the field.  Be sure to connect with an Admissions Counselor by calling 1-855-674-2849 or email them for questions regarding eligible for one or more of the institutionally funded scholarship opportunities. Loans are also available for students who require additional funding.

  1. Florida International University

Florida International University’s online Master of Public Health degree requires the successful completion of 45 credits, which most students complete in 18 months, and the curriculum addresses the changing needs of the public health sector. The MPH program will prepare students for interdisciplinary public health careers that investigate the epidemiology or distribution of diseases, as well as social and environmental determinants of health among diverse populations. Students will also learn about environmental health and safety and how to use existing health policies to make a difference as they influence policy development in support of optimizing population health.

Who Should Apply: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. International applicants who apply must have a WES-verified institution and recognized in their own country as preparing students for further study at the graduate level. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of upper-level undergraduate coursework is required for admission.

Program Requirements: In addition to public health core coursework in areas such as epidemiology, public health statistics, public health policy and management, and health behavior and public health, distance learners explore topics such as AIDS epidemiology, health promotion in culturally diverse communities, and biostatistics. Students complete a practicum and a culminating experience.

Funding: Funding in the form of scholarships is available to MPH students. Federal financial aid is also available for students who are eligible through FAFSA. There are also third party options available for those who require additional funding.