Public health online degree program ranked among best in the nation

Holly Gainer

Two online degree programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have been ranked among the most affordable in the United States. Great Value Colleges ranked the Master of Public Health and the Bachelor of Science in finance online programs in its top lists for 2018.

The rankings were compiled based on tuition value, student to faculty ratio, national recognition for educational excellence and discounted tuition for online students. 

The Master of Public Health online degree ranked 15th on the Great Value Colleges top 20 list. Students enrolled in the program are charged in-state tuition, regardless of their residency.

“The MPH is a cost-effective degree program that provides students with the skills necessary for developing enterprise solutions for the improvement of the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations,” said Peter M. Ginter, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Public Health.

“A graduate degree in public health provides students the ability to tackle complicated and thorny health issues along with the tools to create solutions for those issues from a uniquely local and global perspective.”

The online Master of Public Health program is available in five different concentrations: Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Health Care Organization and Policy, Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership, and Occupational Health and Safety. 

For both ranking lists, Great Value Colleges used the out-of-state, graduate tuition numbers and the student to faculty ratios that are reported to the National Center for Education Statistics, an information clearinghouse of the U.S. government. For the per credit hour tuition rates, they used information provided by the university.