Top Online PhD Programs in Public Health

Top 7 Online PhD Programs in Public Health 2016Our list of the Top 7 Online Doctoral Programs in Public Health is a broad ranking which takes into account accreditation and general reputation. With the increased presence and acceptance of online Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S., prestigious institutions and many state schools are now offering online degrees with more frequency. The doctoral degree in Public Health is still limited across the country but programs are becoming more common. With many emphases being offered at various institutions, it may be difficult to find a degree that suits a students’ purposes. This list provides a list based on reputation that we hope will help guide decisions in picking a top tier school. The schools that made the list were accredited.

In constructing the list, a number of sites were used for research including U.S. News and World Report, The National Center for Education Statistics, and The Guide to Online Schools.

1. University of North Carolina – Chapel HillUniversity_of_North_Carolina_at_Chapel_Hill_logo

UNC Chapel Hill offers an online doctoral degree in Health Leadership. The program is three years with a cohort structure. It is particularly targeted toward emerging leaders or individuals taking substantial leadership responsibilities in communities, organizations and institutions, including health directors, mid-career managers in government agencies, leaders within nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, program officers and mid-level or senior managers working for foundations, and others working within the health field, including entrepreneurs and individuals working in nontraditional settings. U.S. News and World Report ranks UNC – Chapel hill at #30 nationally. Tuition for in-state students is $2,697 per credit unit with out-of-state students paying $5,701 per credit unit. UNC – Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

2. University of Illinois at ChicagoUIC_logo

University of Illinois at Chicago offers an online doctor of Public Health in Leadership. The purpose of the degree is to train students to lead practice-based research, influence public health policy, effect change in health systems and institutions, and assume key roles in the public health community at local, national and international levels. The program is 64 credit hours long with residencies required during the summer. Tuition is $830 per credit hour. University of Illinois at Chicago is ranked #129 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The UIC School of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and UIC in general is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

3. Arizona State UniversityArizona

Arizona State University offers an online doctor of Behavioral Health. The program prepares students to work in the newly transformed medical care marketplace, one in which evidence–based, cost–effective behavioral interventions replace treatment that results in undercare, overcare, or misuse. The degree includes a 400 hour clinical internship along with 84 credit hours. U.S. News and World Report ranks Arizona State University at #129 nationally, tied with University of Illinois at Chicago. Tuition is $862 per credit hour. Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

4. University of South FloridaUSF

University of South Florida offers an online doctor of Public Health degree. The program attempts to prepare students for work in health departments, non-profit organizations, health service, international agencies, and community-based organizations. The program requires 90 credit hours after a M.A. and 60 credit hours for those entering with an M.A. in hand. Areas of concentration include Community and Family Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Global Health, Health Policy and Administration. The program is a hybrid system with one week summer courses as part of residency. U.S. News and World Report ranks USF at #156 nationally. In-state tuition is $432 per credit hour while out-of-state tuition is $878. The University of South Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

5. A.T. Still UniversityAT Still

A.T. Still University offers a doctor of Health Education online. The program is 78 to 84 credit hours and is complete delivered online. There are two years of core course and the third year is spent developing and writing a dissertation. The dissertation is to be defended in an online format to their committee as well as other faculty and students. Students can work at their own pace and complete one or two courses a term. Tuition is $488 per credit hour. A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,

6. Walden UniversityWalden University

Walden University offers a doctor in Public Health online. Course work includes topics in disease and injury prevention; health informatics; and the importance of communication, marketing, and public relations in the public health field. There are two tracks in the program including Community Health Education and Epidemiology. The program is designed to take 72 months and is about 85 credit hours long. Tuition is $540 per credit hour. Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

7. Capella UniversityCapella

Capella University offers a Health Care and Nursing Doctor of Public Health online. There are three concentrations within the program including Epidemiology, Health Advocacy and Leadership, and General Public Health. The program is 80 credit hours on a quarter basis. The entire program is delivered online and includes a dissertation for completion. Students are prepared to work in consulting firms, community colleges, government, health care organizations, nonprofit organizations, land-based or online colleges or universities, research organizations, social welfare organizations or state departments of health. Tuition is $735 per credit hour. Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.