2017 Top Online MPH Programs

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Masters public health

This list showcases seven of the top schools that offer master's in public health degrees online. Each school's rating has been has been calculated using feedback from current students and alumni. There is a large tuition range between the schools, which starts at $8,475 at Liberty University and goes up to $40,670 at University of Southern California . All of the schools included in this list are regionally accredited non-profit institutions.  

The number one school is Des Moines University. This school was earned a Student Score of 91.74 and offers an affordable tuition of $10,410. One 2015 graduate from Des Moines University had this to say: "If you're looking for a quality, reasonably priced, online education from an accredited MPH program, DMU is worth looking into."  Coming in second is the University of New England, which has a high graduation rate and a Student Score of 90.62. The University of New England has also attracted past alumni to return to the school to seek further education. One 2016 graduate noted, "I am a past alumni and returning student. I looked no further than UNE due to the commitment to quality education." 

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Rank College 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Des Moines University 2017 Student Score 91.74
#2 #2 University of New England 2017 Student Score 90.62
#3 #3 University of Southern California 2017 Student Score 88.71
#4 #4 George Washington University 2017 Student Score 88.41
#5 #5 Benedictine University 2017 Student Score 87.74
#6 #6 Liberty University 2017 Student Score 82.50
#7 #7 Michigan State University 2017 Student Score 74.71


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Online Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.