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Costs & Financial Aid

The UW Online MPH is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the UW Department of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health (SPH), in collaboration with UW Continuum College.


Course fees are charged on a per-credit basis and are the same for Washington state resident students and nonresident students. In addition to course fees, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration, technology and U-PASS fees. Payment is due by the third Friday of the quarter. 

The estimate below is based on 2020-21 rates and is subject to change without notice. 

Cost per credit: $912
Total number of credits required: 63
Estimated total cost of degree:* $57,456

*Estimate does not factor in other required fees, textbooks or expected annual fee increases.

Financial Aid and Other Funding

Students in the Online MPH program can apply for various forms of financial aid to help cover their educational costs, including federal financial aid, work study and loans. For more information, visit the fee-based programs page of the Office of Student Financial Aid website. Fee-based students are not eligible for tuition exemptions or University grants.

The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) assists UW graduate students in their search for funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses. GFIS representatives host workshops, post funding announcements and meet one-on-one with students.

Some employers will cover all or part of the cost of a professional education. Check with your employer to see if such a program is available.

For additional resources on paying for your education, including public health-related funding opportunities, see the Funding Your Education page of the School of Public Health website. 

Director's Choice Award

The Director’s Choice Award offers up to five incoming students $3,000 distributed over a nine-month period. Please provide no more than a one-page letter addressed to Dr. Miruna Petrescu-Prahova telling the committee a bit about yourself, your financial need and how this scholarship will help you. Recipients will be notified before fall quarter begins.

Diversity Funding

The Department of Health Services is committed to increasing the number of public health professionals from diverse communities. In addition to the HSEED Award mentioned below, there are a variety of financial resources and opportunities, including fellowships, awards and assistantships, at UW to support graduate scholars from diverse backgrounds. Some places to start looking include:

Please contact us for more information about funding for students from diverse backgrounds. For social, academic and community resources beyond financial support, see our Department's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page.


The Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award offers up to five incoming students $5,000 distributed over a nine-month period. For eligibility criteria, see the HSEED Award website. To apply, please provide a one-page letter addressed to Dr. Miruna Petrescu-Prahova stating how you're eligible for the HSEED Award. Recipients will be notified before the fall quarter begins.

Northwest Public Health Training Center Stipends

The Northwest Public Health Training Center has funding to support students completing practice-based projects in public health organizations in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Oregon. Twenty proposals will be funded up to $3,500 each during the 2020–21 school year. Stipends are distributed directly to students and are intended to help them defray living expenses during their hands-on training experience. For information on how to apply, see the award website.

UW Office of Fellowships and Awards

The UW Office of Fellowships and Awards supports UW students in finding and applying for fellowships. A full range of fellowship opportunities are available on their website and staff are eager to talk with you to determine which programs best meet your professional and personal goals.

UW School of Public Health Jobs Board

The UW School of Public Health lists fellowship opportunities on their jobs board

UW SPH Master’s Fellowship Awards

The UW School of Public Heath offers up to six Master’s Fellowship Awards a year to incoming master’s level students. Awards are $10,000 per year for two years and are designed to help attract and retain students with diverse experiences and perspectives.  For information on how to apply, see the fellowship website

Funding for Research-Related Travel Costs

The Online MPH program has some funding to support current students with travel-related costs if they are accepted to present their research at a conference. Contact program staff for details.