Online Public Health Programs Ranked by Affordability

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The average tuition charged by colleges in the US offering online public health programs is $10,932 yearly. The average tuition has increased by 20% in recent years. The yearly average tuition at these onlinecolleges in 2007 was $9,113.

Online public health colleges can also be referred to as community health colleges. The range of tuition at online public health colleges from most to least expensive is shown in the following chart:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 7
Low cost 8
Average cost 8
Most expensive 8

A yearly tuition of over $16,500 is charged by the costliest online public health colleges and universities. The cheapest schools, on the other hand, require students to pay tuition in the range of $1,714 to $4,274 per annum. The accredited online public health schools that are the least expensive are located in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Virginia.

  • Master of Science in Nursing – Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Master of Public Health – Biostatistics
  • Master of Public Health – Maternal and Child Health
  • Master of Science in Public Health – Maternal and Child Health
  • Master in Public Health – Nutrition
  • Master of Public Health – Health Policy and Management
  • Master of Public Health – Applied Public Health Informatics
  • Master of Public Health – Environmental Health
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice – Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing – Advanced Public Health/Global Health Nursing

In 2011, these low tuition programs graduated approximately 20% of public health graduates from online colleges and universities in the nation. Therefore, of the 793,579 graduates in the nation, 156,723 are from the most inexpensive colleges and universities. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of public health graduates from the least expensive online colleges and universities has increased by 47,201 graduates annually, while the percentage of graduates from these colleges and universities has decreased.

Yearly tuition in the range of $4,815 to $6,076 is charged by other somewhat more costly online public health colleges and universities. Of the 31 online colleges and universities with public health programs in the nation, 8 offer programs with tuition in this range.

A reported 23.4%, or 185,358 of the nation’s public health graduates earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. The number of graduates from these colleges was only 116,567 students, only 5 years earlier, in 2006. Thus, the number of graduates from these affordable online colleges has increased by 59%.

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1. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,937
2. University of West Florida Pensacola, Florida $2,820 $13,453
3. University of North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina $3,044 $14,091
4. University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina $3,243 $15,004
5. University of Florida Gainesville, Florida $3,530 $24,746
6. Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia $3,763 $14,155
7. Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, Georgia $4,274 $15,888
8. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina $4,815 $23,430
9. East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
10. SUNY at Albany Albany, New York $4,970 $13,380
11. University of South Florida Tampa, Florida $5,124 $15,933
12. West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia $5,406 $17,002
13. California State University San Bernardino, California $5,472 $11,160
14. Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri $5,580 $11,160
15. University of Texas El Paso, Texas $6,076 $17,236
16. Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona $6,964 $19,364
17. University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia $8,356 $30,630
18. University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois $9,134 $21,524
19. Walden University Minneapolis, Minnesota $9,360 $9,360
20. University of California Berkeley, California $9,402 $32,281

Information obtained from NCES, 2012 image25-200x136-8647112 shutterstock_127040045-200x133-6002029