UM Ranks Well for Affordable Online Public Health Programs

September 01, 2015

MISSOULA – The Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration ranked University of Montana’s online Master’s in Public Health program among the most affordable in the nation. The “50 Most Affordable Online MPH Programs 2015” lists UM’s program at No. 16. The full list can be found online at

The ranking calls the UM program “rigorous” and “comprehensive to say the least,” noting the requirements of a professional paper, practicum, full portfolio, numerous core courses and six elective credits.

“We were very pleased that the hard work and high standards of our MPH program faculty at the University of Montana are being recognized nationally,” said program chair Craig Molgaard. “The recognition letter specifically mentioned the academic rigor of the program and the three-course capstone sequence, so it was more than just an award based on cost. It also looked carefully at the quality of our online program and what a student’s dollar was buying.”

The ranking was based on a list of all the U.S. full graduate programs that offer a public health master’s degree via distance education. The programs assessed were available at 90 percent or more online. The assessors used College Navigator to collect each school’s graduate program tuition rates and associated fees.

UM’s program is the state’s only nationally accredited master of public health program. It was fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in July of 2012. An MPH degree prepares professionals to identify health problems and needs, consider mechanisms to meet those needs and assure the essential services to protect and promote  health of individuals and populations. Graduates serve as competent practitioners, researchers and teachers who carry out broad health functions in local, state, national and international settings.

The program currently has 68 graduate students, 51 of whom are MPH students and 17 of whom are earning their Certificate in Public Health.

“Most certificate students go on to enroll in the MPH program after they finish their certificate,” Molgaard said, “which is evidence of high student satisfaction with our coaching, mentorship and instruction.” 

For more information on UM’s program, visit


Contact: Craig Molgaard, professor and chair, UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, 406-243-4445,