After the economic recession and the country’s slow recovery, many working people have had to re-imagine their career paths, re-purpose their skills, and re-brand themselves entirely. For many, this has meant going back to school. It is fortunate that these events have coincided with the ever growing power of communications technology. The ongoing surge in computing power and telecommunications has made it possible for more people than ever to get a college education via the World Wide Web. Many education professionals have sung the virtues of online courses as representing the democratization of higher learning. And many working people, already mid-way through careers, people with families and complex responsibilities, find that by eliminating the need for transportation, school supplies, and the hidden costs of supporting an institution housed in a physical location – college has suddenly become affordable. Online courses make a wider variety of learning opportunities available to people who may struggle with traditional classrooms. And in light of the fact that studies show the outcomes experienced by online students are nearly identical to those of traditional students, there has never been a better time, or way, to enhance your skills.
Methodology: Graduate students typically engage in Masters programs in Public Health as a means of boosting their income potential. Many of these students recognize the need to cut the cost of continued education however they can. Most, however, commit to a two-to-four year program that is riddled with hidden costs above and beyond the cost of tuition. Not the least of these hidden costs is the loss of income due to the impracticality of holding a job outside of full-time schooling. Committing to an accelerated Masters in Public Health program is a daunting challenge. Most students decide to spread it out over many terms without considering the great flexibility so many innovative programs now offer. So we have created the following resource: a list of all schools accredited by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Using a formula calculating a 40% cost, 40% outcome, and 10% completion rate, we have compiled a list of the top 15 One-Year Masters in Public Health programs. This ranking for the academic year 2015 in the order of most-to-least expensive.
Dartmouth College – $56,104
Founded in 1979, Dartmouth is one of the oldest members of the Ivy League and ranks among the world’s finest institutions of higher learning. Nicknamed ‘Big Green,” it was originally founded for “the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land … and also of English Youth and any others.” It is perhaps most famous for its undergraduate liberal arts program, and its three leading professional academies among which is the Geisel School of Medicine. Dartmouth’s mission is to instruct only the most promising students, prepare them for a lifelong learning ethic, leadership, and responsibility in the creation of knowledge.
Northwestern University – Feinberg School of Medicine – $51,882
Founded in 1859, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has attracted talented instructors, students, and staff with its innovative research, cutting-edge curriculum, outstanding clinical affiliates, and international perspective. From the center of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, the Feinberg School of Medicine has built its reputation for academic excellence through its dedication to interdisciplinary and collaborative medical research and education. With a firm hold on the 19th spot in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report of top research-driven medical schools, The Feinberg School is dedicated to producing high-quality professionals of outstanding skill and learning.
Columbia University – $51,008
(Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Public Health)
In the Fall of 2012, Columbia University and the Mailman School of Public health introduced their Accelerated MPH program. A one-year course oriented toward motivated medical professionals who are interested in advancing their career with a degree in public health. The Accelerated program has a curriculum similar to Columbia’s MPH program, but it runs at a much faster pace. As a result of an intensive school-wide collaboration of more than 150 members of students and faculty, the curriculum provides systemic and far-reaching mastery of complicated public health issues and the understanding needed to meet those challenges in a variety of settings.
Harvard University – T.H. Chan School of Public Health – $ 50,320
(Clinical Research, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, Behavioral and Social Science, Environmental and Occupational Health, Biostats)
The Harvard School of Public health was founded in 1913 as an outcropping of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers. It was the nation’s first graduate training program in the field of public health. Over the last century, the Faculty members of the Chan School have revolutionized policy and cultural attitudes toward public health. Such changes have been direct reflections of the schools core values; healthcare as a human right, public responsibility to promote the provision of public health care, emphasis on prevention, and public health institutions as responsible for disseminating information to the public. The Chan School is unique in its role of changing the culture from both a legislative angle and by shaping public opinion to effect a tangible change in the moral zeitgeist of our time.
George Washington University – $48,760
(Epidemiology, Public Health)
The online Master of Public Health (MPH) program is George Washington University’s accelerated one-year program aimed at those motivated to enhance their careers through an added degree in Public Health. This intensive program is equal to the traditional GW on campus and online Master of Public health programs with the exception of its pace, which is double that of the other programs. Students have the option to earn a MPH over one and one-half years rather than in just one year. Students have up to four years to complete the program in its entirety.
Thomas Jefferson University – $41,364
Dedicated to the science of health and education, generating knowledge, and setting new standards for compassionate and efficient patient care, Thomas Jefferson University has been a leader in academic medicine since 1824. Now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College, this institution of learning has rapidly become the nation’s most prominent healthcare learning institution of its kind. It’s mission revolves around a vigorous re-imagining of the accepted parameters of health, health education – and the ceaseless striving to promote unequaled value in the practice of medicine and academics.
Johns Hopkins University – $39,000
The John Hopkins Full-time 11-month MPH Program focuses on flexibility, diversity, and quality. It begins each year in June or July, at the East Baltimore campus where students are expected to complete the program in a single academic year. The majority of courses are completed on-site, but students have the option to take many courses online during the course of the program. Students have a wide variety of elective courses in addition to the core curriculum – many of which have online alternatives. Because only 40% of the required course work is core curriculum, students have a great deal of flexibility in what courses they take allowing for a surprising degree of personalization.
University of California – Davis – $38,558
(Epidemiology, Public Health)
The largest University of California campus, UC Davis is famous for its dedication to sustainability, outstanding academics, and spirit. For more than a century, UC Davis has transformed itself from just an agricultural school into a true university of the highest order. It is ranked with the top ten public universities in the country. Their mission is to advance the human condition by raising the quality of life for everyone. Indeed their vision of excellence and principles of community have gained world renown for UC Davis as a mecca of progressive values and responsibility on the west coast.
Mercer University – $34,450
This recognized national leader in health education is known for its unique approach to teaching its students. First, there is no cap-point for admissions. They manage to keep classes small and personable. The second factor that makes Mercer’s MPH curriculum one of a kind is that it is specially designed to provide students with a solid foundation in public health coupled with an acute understanding of the challenges faced by people living in underserved communities and disenfranchised populations. With the recent global concern over disease prevention and positive health promotion, public health has become a critical career focus, and a secure humanitarian path for those with an inclination to serve public health needs.
University of Memphis – $25,907
The University of Memphis’ MPH program is a synergistic mixture of real-world solutions and academic rigor. The U of M is especially well known for its rationalistic approach to the prevention of chronic disease control/prevention. Their programs focus on the needs of the underprivileged urban populations of the middle South, United States. U of M attracts students and faculty who are particularly attracted to the challenge of advocating for under served populations. Their 42 credit hour MPH is focused on five critical areas; epidemiology, health systems management, social science, bio-statistics, and environmental health. Students will complete a capstone project which will be part of either a thesis or the basis of a Master’s Project option.
Florida International University – $23,766
(Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Health Promotion and Education)
Students of FIU can choose to complete a Master of Public Health in one year with the university’s new accelerated public health course. It is an especially well-suited program for professionals and pre-med students who wish to obtain a degree quickly. Applicants at or above the 75 percentile will have the opportunity to apply for the 1-year fast track program at the time of their admission. Students entering the one year accelerated curriculum will focus on one of the four available specializations; Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology, or Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
University of North Texas – $22,912
One of Texas’ largest universities, UNT offers 36 doctoral degree programs, 83 master’s programs, and 99 bachelor’s. By drawing upon their many community and business partners, they achieve a level of diversity unequaled in the region. A major public research university, UNT is committed to promoting and advancing excellence in education in order to prepare students to engage thoughtfully with the world beyond college. UNT achieves the impressive combination of a substantially large student body with a focus on the student experience. This is made possible by its over 4,000 strong faculty and staff, all of whom are dedicated to driving student success.
University of Texas at Galveston – $12,871
(Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology)
Since its establishment in 1891, UTMB has grown from a single building for 13 faculty and 23 students to an impressive and modern health science center with over 3,500 students and faculty. The University of Texas at Galveston credits its success to its adherence to five core values; compassion, integrity, respect, diversity, and lifelong learning. UTMB was Texas’ first academic health center and is the birthplace of the Lone Star State’s first schools of medicine, allied health sciences, and nursing.
Emory University – Rollins School of Public Health – $15,400
(Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Policy and Management)
Students of RSPC develop competence in the identification, analysis and intervention of the most pressing public health issues of our time. Located in Atlanta, (AKA the Public Health Capital of the World), RSPC is home to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation, and The Carter Center, to name a few. An ideal setting for hands-on study and research, the Rollins School collaborates with the world’s leading public health agencies. It is a community-oriented program where true to life learning experiences are second to none. Students from all over the globe flock to RSPH to acquire and apply knowledge of the promotion of health, as well as the prevention and treatment of disease.
University of California – Berkeley – $12,804
(Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Maternal, and Child Health)
The people of UC Berkeley believe that all people deserve an opportunity to lead a healthy life. It is their vision that access to treatments for preventable disease is a basic human right and should be extended to all. They strive to achieve this by training students to develop a broad and working knowledge of human health to include ecological, behavioral, environmental, as well as the biological determinants of health and wellness. Ranked among the leading public health graduate schools, UCB has earned a legacy of success in helping people live more healthfully and in a safer world spanning over 65 years.