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What is the Typical Cost of a Masters in Public Health Degree?

One of the most important things to consider when looking for a Masters in Public Health degree is the cost. You want to make sure that, not only are you getting a high quality education, but also that you are getting that education for a decent price. Of course, when it comes to education, not all colleges and universities are created equal. There are traditional schools that are publically funded by state and Federal governments and then there are schools that are considered to be "for-profit" since they get their money from the students and alumni almost exclusively. Of course, since traditional schools get funding from the government, they are able to keep their tuition costs down compared to the schools that get most of their money from students. Generally, for-profit schools have very high tuition costs in addition to very competitive admission processes. To help you understand the MPH program cost differences between traditional and for-profit schools, we will look at a few schools from both categories.

Traditional Schools:

University of Alabama at Birmingham - The tuition for the graduate degree in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham runs about $3,051 for a resident of Alabama. However, if you are not an Alabama resident, tuition will cost you about $6,921. Both of these figures are for a 9-credit hour semester. This of course does not take into account any living expenses, books or supplies.

East Tennessee State University - The tuition for the MPH degree at East Tennessee State University is around $3,656.50 for 9 credit hours if you are a Tennessee resident. If you are not a resident of Tennessee, tuition will cost $9,245.50 for 9 credit hours. These figures do not include living expenses, books or any other course-related fees that may pop up.

University of Illinois at Chicago - The tuition rate for the University of Illinois at Chicago is a little different than at other schools I have seen. They have what is called a base rate, plus a tuition differential in addition to their many fees. For an Illinois resident, the tuition rate (including all fees and the differential) is $6,242 for 6-11 credit hours. For those who are not residents of Illinois, the cost is a bit higher at $10,242.

For-Profit Schools:

Harvard University - The cost of getting your MPH degree from the esteemed Harvard University is broken down into three different ways. One way is per credit hour, which currently runs $876 per credit hour. Another way is, if you can commit to 42.5 credits a year and complete your Masters degree in that time, your tuition is $37,230 a year. Finally, if you are a two year Masters degree student, then the cost is $35,040 a year for 40 credits per year.

Columbia University - The tuition cost of getting your MPH degree from Columbia University runs about $1,325 a credit hour. So, if you take 9 credit hours a semester at Columbia, your tuition will be $11,925. That is not including all of the fees required. That total also does not take living expenses, books or other course-related costs into account.

Emory University - If you decide to attend Emory University to get your MPH degree, the cost of your degree will vary depending on which MPH degree you get. If you get choose just the basic MPH degree and want to take four semesters to get it, it will cost $12,600 for full-time tuition per semester. To get the basic MPH degree in three semesters, it will cost $16,800 per semester for full-time tuition. Getting a dual degree, which will require two full semesters in Public Health, costs $19,200 for full-time tuition per semester. If you want to get their Career MPH degree, which is their online MPH degree, the cost is $1,200 a credit hour.

As you can clearly see, there is a major difference between the tuition costs at traditional schools and the tuition costs at for-profit schools. The lower cost of traditional schools does not mean the education is of any less quality than those of the for-profit schools. Many of the brightest minds were educated at traditional schools because they saw no need to go so far into debt to get an education. When looking at a school to get your MPH degree, above all else, evaluate the entire program and do not just look at the cost.

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One of the most important things to consider when looking for a Masters in Public Health degree is the cost. You want to make sure that, not only are you getting a high quality education, but also that you are getting that education for a decent price. Of course, when it comes to education, not all colleges and universities are created equal. There are traditional schools that are publically funded by state and Federal governments and then there are schools that are considered to be "for-profit" since they get their money from the students and alumni almost exclusively. Of course, since traditional schools get funding from the government, they are able to keep their tuition costs down compared to the schools that get most of their money from students. Generally, for-profit schools have very high tuition costs in addition to very competitive admission processes. To help you understand the MPH program cost differences between traditional and for-profit schools, we will look at a few schools from both categories.

Traditional Schools:

University of Alabama at Birmingham - The tuition for the graduate degree in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham runs about $3,051 for a resident of Alabama. However, if you are not an Alabama resident, tuition will cost you about $6,921. Both of these figures are for a 9-credit hour semester. This of course does not take into account any living expenses, books or supplies.

East Tennessee State University - The tuition for the MPH degree at East Tennessee State University is around $3,656.50 for 9 credit hours if you are a Tennessee resident. If you are not a resident of Tennessee, tuition will cost $9,245.50 for 9 credit hours. These figures do not include living expenses, books or any other course-related fees that may pop up.

University of Illinois at Chicago - The tuition rate for the University of Illinois at Chicago is a little different than at other schools I have seen. They have what is called a base rate, plus a tuition differential in addition to their many fees. For an Illinois resident, the tuition rate (including all fees and the differential) is $6,242 for 6-11 credit hours. For those who are not residents of Illinois, the cost is a bit higher at $10,242.

For-Profit Schools:

Harvard University - The cost of getting your MPH degree from the esteemed Harvard University is broken down into three different ways. One way is per credit hour, which currently runs $876 per credit hour. Another way is, if you can commit to 42.5 credits a year and complete your Masters degree in that time, your tuition is $37,230 a year. Finally, if you are a two year Masters degree student, then the cost is $35,040 a year for 40 credits per year.

Columbia University - The tuition cost of getting your MPH degree from Columbia University runs about $1,325 a credit hour. So, if you take 9 credit hours a semester at Columbia, your tuition will be $11,925. That is not including all of the fees required. That total also does not take living expenses, books or other course-related costs into account.

Emory University - If you decide to attend Emory University to get your MPH degree, the cost of your degree will vary depending on which MPH degree you get. If you get choose just the basic MPH degree and want to take four semesters to get it, it will cost $12,600 for full-time tuition per semester. To get the basic MPH degree in three semesters, it will cost $16,800 per semester for full-time tuition. Getting a dual degree, which will require two full semesters in Public Health, costs $19,200 for full-time tuition per semester. If you want to get their Career MPH degree, which is their online MPH degree, the cost is $1,200 a credit hour.

As you can clearly see, there is a major difference between the tuition costs at traditional schools and the tuition costs at for-profit schools. The lower cost of traditional schools does not mean the education is of any less quality than those of the for-profit schools. Many of the brightest minds were educated at traditional schools because they saw no need to go so far into debt to get an education. When looking at a school to get your MPH degree, above all else, evaluate the entire program and do not just look at the cost.

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