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Master's Degree in Public Health Cost


How Much Does a Master's Degree in Public Health Cost?

 
average costIn-State Tuition: $16,000-$33,000high costOut-of-State Tuition: $25,000-$60,000

Individuals who hold master's degrees in public health typically pursue careers in hospital management, in administration for a public health agency (such as a state or national department of public health), in pharmaceutical research, in biotechnology, or in nutrition.

Typical costs:

  • The price for a master's degree in public health varies based on in-state and out-of-state tuition at public schools. Graduate programs in public health are also offered at private universities, which typically have no difference in costs for out-of-state applicants.
  • A master's degree in public health typically costs $16,000-$33,000 for in-state tuition and fees or $25,000-$60,000 for out-of-state tuition and fees. This cost represents tuition and fees only for a two-year graduate program, which is most common. Residents can often attend a state school for 46-51% of the cost of the non-resident rate. For example, the master's program at the University of Iowa[1] costs $24,536 for residents or $52,228 for non-residents, a 46%cost increase.
  • Online degree programs and private school programs in public health typically cost $26,000-$33,000. For example, a degree from Benedictine University[2] , a Catholic university in Lisle, IL, costs $32,340. A similar degree at Capella University[3] , an online degree program and for-profit university, costs $26,280.
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What should be included:
  • A master's degree in public health typically requires 42-60 credits. It may include coursework such as statistics, health education, nutrition, maternal and child health, and health services administration.
  • Most public health master's programs are for full-time students attending for two years, although some programs will accept part-time students or offer accelerated degree programs or online classes.
Additional costs:
  • Housing and food costs can add an additional $10,000-$20,000 per year. For example, housing at the University of California Berkeley typically costs $12,000-$16,000 per academic year and some type of meal plan is required at a cost of $6 to $7 per meal.
  • Books and supplies for a Master of Public Health typically range from $1,000-$3,000 total. The Rollins School of Public Health[4] at Emory University estimates graduate students will spend $650 per semester on books, for a total of $2,600 over two years.
  • Health insurance and personal expenses for master's students can add another $3,000-$10,000 per year. For example, students at the Harvard School of Public Health[5] can expect to pay about $3,000 for university health services fee and a health insurance plan from an outside provider. Personal expenses and food can cost an additional $6,600 per year.
  • Transportation costs can add another $600-$3,000 per year to the graduate student's experience. At Texas A&M Health Science Center[6] , students can expect to add $1,143 for transportation fees.
Discounts:
  • Some universities offer a limited number of assistantships for master's programs. If granted an assistantship, a student may work part-time researching in the field or teaching courses at the university while earning a stipend which can be used towards tuition and other expenses. For example, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health[7] selects several graduate students to work 20 hours per week as teaching assistants[8] for a stipend of $7,760 per term. (Tuition at the school costs $10,144 per term for Pennsylvania residents or $17,341 per term for non-residents.)
  • Scholarships may be available to students who meet program qualifications such as a high GPA or a proven financial need. College Scholarships[9] details $500-$5,000 scholarships ranging for studying public health at the graduate level. Unlike college loans, scholarships do not need to be repaid. As another example, the HCA Corris Boyd Scholars Program[10] offers two $40,000 scholarships to deserving students of color entering a graduate program in healthcare management.
Shopping for a master's degree in public health:
  • What is Public Health offers comprehensive information[11] on the public health field, education, jobs and more. The resource is put together by the Association of Schools of Public Health, which provides a searchable database[12] of schools offering public health degrees.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.public-health.uiowa.edu/mph/admissions/mph_cost.html
  2.  www.onlinedegrees-benedictine.com/public-health/master-of-public-health.asp
  3.  www.capella.edu/online-degrees/mph-general-public-health/
  4.  www.sph.emory.edu/cms/current_students/financial_aid.html
  5.  www.hsph.harvard.edu/about/student-expenses/
  6.  www.tamhsc.edu/education/finaid/forms1/cost-of-attendance/school-of-rural-public-h...
  7.  www.pitt.edu/~graduate/stipends.html
  8.  www.pitt.edu/~graduate/stipends.html
  9.  www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/health/public.htm
  10.  www.aupha.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=3541#Corris
  11.  www.whatispublichealth.org/faqs/index.html
  12.  www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=1106
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