The USF College of Public Health’s (COPH) online master of public health program has been ranked number one on the list of the top 50 best online MPH programs across the country, according to the Master’s Programs Guide.

With no less than seven distinct online MPH degree specializations available through the USF College of Public Health (and an online DrPH program and thirteen online MPH graduate certificates), prospective students are sure to find a program track to fit their needs in our number one pick. With the goal of imparting a “set of skills and principles essential for students who intend to apply their training in a professional setting, provides leadership in a specific health specialty to improve and protect the health and well-being of populations,” this program requires a minimum of 42-credit hours (some concentrations require more credit hours than others) and covers foundational coursework in “biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, environmental and occupational health, and social and behavioral sciences.”

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Master’s Programs Guide, an online guide to helping students discover master’s programs in any specialty, ranked the programs based on school reputation, affordability, program accreditation and accessibility/flexibly.

The COPH has been offering distance-based MPH programs for nearly 30 years, according to Dean Donna Petersen, and offers seven distinct specializations, including a DrPH program and 13 online graduate certificates.

“We recognize that our students’ time is valuable and also that we have an obligation to provide the best educational training possible for those interested in public health careers, regardless of the delivery modality,” Petersen said. “Our faculty embraced this technology early on and we’ve built an exceptional team of instructional technology and design professionals. Students in our on-line programs often tell me that they have been able to use what they learned in class immediately in their work settings or that they could never have obtained the MPH degree if an online option weren’t available.”

Students may customize their degree experience by focusing on the following specializations: epidemiology, public health practice, global disaster management, humanitarian relief and homeland security, infection control, social marketing, nutrition and dietetics, and health, safety and environment.

“This recognition affirms what we, our students and our alumni already know–that the USF College of Public Health online MPH programs are a great value and provide an excellent learning experience,” Petersen said.