UM Online Public Health Program Ranks Among Most Affordable

August 28, 2019

Most-Affordable-Masters-Degrees-logo_web.jpgMISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Master of Public Health online program has been named No. 3 on the Affordable Schools list of 25 Best Affordable Master’s in Public Health Online Degrees 2019.

The rankings were based on average cost of attendance for in-state students and student-to-faculty ratios.

UM’s School of Public and Community Health Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, and its graduate program is the first and only accredited MPH program in Montana. The online program, which consists of 42 total credits, recently was re-accredited for the maximum seven years through Dec. 31, 2024. Many of the program’s students are working professionals in Montana and the region, including employees from local/state/tribal health departments, nurses, physicians and other health care employees.

The MPH program has a wide range of options and primarily focuses on the five core areas of public health: behavioral science/health education, environmental health, biostatistics, health services administration and epidemiology. Students also have numerous opportunities to become involved with faculty research projects.

UM’s MPH program has expanded over the last couple of years to offer different academic opportunities, including a concentration in community health and prevention sciences, and it has partnered with other schools within the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, including the Schools of Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Social Work. The MPH program also has partnered with units outside the college and now offers dual degrees with UM’s Department of Public Administration and Policy and Department of Anthropology.

“Many of the existing and emerging public health issues today such as climate change, mental health and substance misuse, wildfires, vaccinations, etc. are complex problems and take multi-disciplinary teams to address these issues,” said Tony Ward, chair and professor of the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences. “We are proud that we can partner with other programs on campus to offer a top-notch yet affordable education and train public health professionals throughout our region to protect the health of our communities.”

UM’s online MPH program also has been ranked highly for its affordability and value with Online Masters, Top Masters in Public Health Degrees, Great Value Colleges, Affordable Colleges Online and Best Value Schools. In addition, it earned place No. 9 in Best Online Master’s in Public Health Programs earlier this year.

Learn more about UM’s online MPH program at


Contact: Tony Ward, professor and chair, UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, 406-243-4092,