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Online Colleges for Public Health

Achievements in the public health field during the 20th century have radically improved the quality of life around the world. As a result, many diseases, such as smallpox and polio, have been eradicated or reduced; the rate of infant and child mortality has been decreased; and people are living longer. However, there are plenty of challenges left to conquer in this field.

If you’d like to have a career in improving public health in the 21st century – whether in your local community hospital or government or through a nonprofit organization that addresses issues on a global scale – earning an online degree in public health might be a good place to get started.

Best Online Colleges for Public Health

Students looking to have careers in public health will likely need a degree in that field, and may want to consider earning one online. If you're overwhelmed by the number of online programs available to you, this list could be a great place to start. We ranked the top ten schools for earning an online public health degree by looking at a variety of factors, including admissions rate, graduation rate, and prominence (which means the number of degrees awarded in public health out of all the degrees awarded at the school). You can read more about the methodology used to create the list below, but for now, without further ado, meet our top ten online colleges for degrees in public health.

1

Florida National University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$12,600
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
22
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Florida National University has three campus locations and a diverse range of online learning options. The university offers fully online associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in health services administration. The AA degree requires 61 credit hours, the BS degree requires 121 credit hours and the master's degree requires an additional 36 credit hours. The AA degree might be best for students who wish to continue their education or find entry-level work as supervisors in the health services field. The BS degree helps provide students with the knowledge needed to find administrative positions throughout the industry. It also paves the way for acceptance into the master's degree program, which can be crucial for health services executives, administrators and managers in both the private and public sectors. In addition to its 100% admissions rate, FNU earned the No. one spot on our list in part due to its first place ranking for prominence out of all the schools we looked at as well as its fourth place graduation rate.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

4425 W. Jose Regueiro (20th) Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33012
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2

Independence University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$18,021
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
16
Accredited
School Type
4-year

The bachelor's of science degree in health services management from Independence University runs 38 months with multiple start dates each year. The program helps provide students with the knowledge needed to lead, direct or manage a state, county or government organization's healthcare department, or a healthcare facility. Students graduating with a BS in health services management are also well suited for potential mid-level employment in healthcare operations. Students study a broad range of healthcare topics, including:

  • healthcare management
  • healthcare economics and policy
  • health communication and marketing
  • healthcare financial administration and long-term care administration
  • pharmacology
  • facility operations

Students who complete the degree requirements often find work as healthcare administrators, department directors, operations managers and hospital administrators. Independence came in second for graduation rate across all the schools we looked at, and it has an open-admissions policy.

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Location:

4021 S. 700 E., Ste. 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
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3

Bryant & Stratton College-Online

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$13,784
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
24
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Located in Orchard Park, New York, Bryant & Stratton College offers fully online associate and bachelor's degrees in health services administration. Students who choose the associate degree path are well-suited for possible entry-level administrative employment in a doctor's office, long-term care facility or hospital. Students who pursue the bachelor's degree option can potentially find work in management positions with an emphasis on disaster planning and management, legal, finance and other key areas. Online coursework follows the same format as campus-based classes. Bryant & Stratton College ties with four other colleges on this list with a 100 percent admissions rate and ranked third for prominence out of every school we considered.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

180 Redtail Rd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
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4

Monroe College

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$13,248
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
15
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1933, Monroe College has campus locations in the Bronx and New Rochelle in Westchester County, and also at St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Monroe College's online bachelor's degree in public health provides an educational foundation in American public healthcare systems. Students who successfully complete the program should graduate with the ability to evaluate, develop and monitor programs that promote public health. Potential career opportunities include:

  • public health policy analyst
  • public health information specialist
  • community response outreach
  • health research and health education

The bachelor's degree program requires 120 credit hours to complete. Monroe College placed second in prominence out of all the schools we looked at, helping it land the No. four spot on our list.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
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5

Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$16,784
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
46
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Keiser University has campus locations in 18 major and mid-sized Florida cities and offers 46 online degree options, including associate and bachelor's degrees in health services administration. The AA degree provides an educational background in the software systems used in healthcare administration. It also provides familiarization with physiology, anatomy and medical terminology, as well as the business principles of healthcare administration. The BA program further hones the skills necessary to work in health services administration in the public and private sectors. Students in the BA program learn healthcare marketing, leadership, policy and the ethical and legal responsibilities of healthcare administration.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

1500 NW 49th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
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6

Hodges University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$12,720
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
29
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Hodges University was originally named International College but was renamed in 2007 to honor its primary benefactors, Earl and Thelma Hodges. The university offers 29 online degrees, including a BS in Health Services Administration. For online students, coursework is offered in 15-week sessions three semesters each year. Students who wish to enroll in the bachelor's degree program at Hodges University must have completed an associate degree from an accredited school or have 60 credit hours completed. Students with AA degrees must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for admittance into Hodges University. Possible career options for graduates includes working as clinical managers, healthcare administrators and nursing home administrators, to name just a few. Hodges University in 2014 accepted just under 75 percent of applicants.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

2655 Northbrooke Dr.
Naples, FL 34119-7932
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7

Walden University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$11,700
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
116
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1970, Walden University serves tens of thousands of students each year from its campus locations and through a diverse rangle of online learning options. Walden University offers 116 online degree programs. It's online bachelor's of science degree in public health has multiple start dates each year. Students can expect a wide range of learning outcomes, including:

  • understanding of infrastructure and organization of public health systems
  • ability to analyze economic, social and political issues that affect public healthcare systems
  • interpretation of new research into the field of public health
  • ability to analyze ethical, legal and regulatory issues, as well as environmental, cultural, behavioral and social issues that affect public healthcare in the U.S.

The BS in Public Health program can take as few as 48 months to complete. Walden University had a 100 percent admissions rate in 2014.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Comission

Location:

100 Washington Av. S., Ste. 900
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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8

National University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$12,744
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
110
Accredited
School Type
4-year

The No. 8 school on our list offers 110 distance education programs. National University's online bachelor's of science in public health degree requires 180 quarter-units to complete. Here's the breakdown of how students must complete those units:

  • 70.5 units of general education requirements, including 45 quarter-units from National University
  • 76.5 quarter-units of upper-division coursework.

Students who complete the degree requirements are expected to have deep knowledge of the workings of public healthcare systems in the U.S. The program is designed to help students gain entry-level employment in various health agencies, including private and public care facilities and government health agencies. Graduates also are able to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist Exam. National, like several other schools on this list, had a 100-percent admissions rate in 2014.

Accreditation:

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

11255 North Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
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9

Kent State University at Kent

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$10,012
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
20
Accredited
School Type
4-year

The Kent State University system has 20 fully online distance learning degree options. Students enrolled in the BS of public health degree at the university study five distinct areas:

  • epidemiology
  • health policy and management
  • biostatistics
  • environmental health
  • social and behavioral sciences

Coursework prepares students to work in a variety of organizations, such as hospitals, local and county health departments, managed care facilities and health and human services agencies, to name a few. There also are several areas of concentration, including community-based public health, global health and health promotion and education, to name a few. Kent State University admitted 84 percent of students who applied to the university in 2014.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library
Kent, OH 44242-0001
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10

Mississippi University for Women

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,681
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
8
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Rounding out our top 10 is Mississippi College for Women, which was founded in 1884 as the first college in the U.S. for women. The university has 12 online degree options that require students to complete two years of study at a community college and two years at MUW. The university offers a bachelor's of science in business administration-health care management, and a bachelor's of applied science in business administration-health care management. Students who complete either degree path are well-suited for a variety of potential roles in the healthcare industry, including:

  • medical device and pharmaceutical sales
  • health program coordination
  • health facilities management
  • health facilities administration

Mississippi University for Women admitted 93 percent of applicants in 2014.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

1100 College St.
Columbus, MS 39701
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Sources and Methodologies

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer an undergraduate degree (either associate or bachelor's) in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on five criteria:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  5. Related subjects, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015

Sources:

  1. Associate of Arts, Florida National Univeristy, accessed Feb. 2017, http://www.fnu.edu/prospective-students/our-programs/select-a-program/associate-of-arts-degree-programs/health-services-administration-hsa/
  2. Bachelor of Science Health Services Administration, http://www.fnu.edu/prospective-students/our-programs/select-a-program/bachelor-of-science-degree-programs/health-services-administration-hsa/
  3. Master of Science, Health Services Administration, http://www.fnu.edu/health-services-administration-hsa-master/
  4. Bachelor of Science Health Services Management, Independence University, accessed Feb. 2017, https://www.independence.edu/healthcare/bachelors/health-services-management
  5. Healthcare Degree Programs, Bryant & Stratton College, accessed Feb. 2017, https://www.bryantstratton.edu/degrees/healthcare
  6. Online bachelor's public health degree, Monroe College, accessed Feb. 2017, https://www.monroecollege.edu/Online/Online-Degrees/Online-Bachelors-Degrees/Online-Bachelors-Public-Health-Degree/
  7. Health Services Administration, AA, Keiser University, accessed Feb. 2017, http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/health-services-administration-aa/
  8. Health Services Administration, BA, Keiser University, accessed Feb. 2017, http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/health-services-administration-ba/
  9. Health Services Administration Bachelor's Degree, Hodges University, accessed Feb. 2017, https://www.hodges.edu/academics/academicprograms/bachelors-health-services-administration.aspx
  10. BS in Public Health, Walden University, accessed Feb. 2017, https://www.waldenu.edu/bachelors/bs-in-public-health
  11. Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Walden University, accessed Feb. 2017, http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfHealthAndHumanServices/CommunityHealth/Programs/BSPublicHealth.html
  12. Bachelor of Science in Public Health, National University, accessed Feb. 2017, http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfHealthAndHumanServices/CommunityHealth/Programs/BSPublicHealth.html
  13. Bachelor of Science, Kent State University, accessed Feb. 2017, http://www.kent.edu/publichealth/undergraduate
  14. Online degree programs, Mississippi University for Women, accessed Feb. 2017, http://www.muw.edu/online/programs
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