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At the Department of Public Health Sciences, we understand the overwhelming nature of tuition, fees, and the broader financial aid processes. Our goal is to make this journey, and the daunting moments it comes with, easier on you as you take the next step in your public health journey. Through our commitment to making this process easier, DPHS provides several options to help students fund their degree.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $2,530 per graduate credit hour. For more details view the Graduate Student Cost.

Students enrolled in joint degree programs may incur higher tuition costs. Tuition rates are subject to change according to the University of Miami Board of Trustees. Full details on tuition and fees can be found in the Graduate Professional Financial Assistance.

Department of Public Health Sciences Scholarship Program

All MPH and MSPH students matriculating in the Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 semesters completing a 45-credit degree program will receive up to $20,000 in tuition awards. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Tuition awards of up to $7,500 are also available for students pursuing a MS in Biostatistics and MS in Prevention Science and Community Health and MS in Climate and Health.

Student Work Study

Many graduate students engage in part-time employment to contribute to their educational expenses. These student roles are remunerated on an hourly basis, allowing students to dedicate up to 20 hours per week. The range of student positions spans from administrative roles to research assistantships within the Department of Public Health Sciences. Moreover, diverse opportunities are offered not only within the University of Miami but also within the broader UHealth system. Teaching assistant positions offer a stipend each semester, and the selection of teaching assistants by professors hinges on applicants' academic performance in the respective courses.

Through DPHS's own Office of Career Services, , students gain exclusive access to employment opportunities throughout their academic journey and post-graduation.

For additional details on student employment, individuals are encouraged to contact Katelyn McGuigan, Associate Director of Professional Development, at

Other Departmental Support

We are also proud to share that we offer funding for students to support their Capstone Program, Thesis Program, and other professional development opportunities. The Public Health Capstone & Thesis Project Award offers support for international or national travel for students who wish to conduct their Field Experience outside of the city of Miami, or to support the MPH Capstone Project and MS Thesis Project. The Public Health Conference Award is additionally available to offer travel support for students to attend and present at public health conferences of their choosing.

Furthermore, assistance is extended for the Certified Public Health (CPH) Exam.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Visit the External Scholarship Opportunities or click on the links below to find helpful information about obtaining a scholarship and a list of external funding sources for prospective students of public health.

International Student Support

International students who do not have permanent residency in the United States should contact their local EducationUSA Advising Center for resources specific to your nationality.

Office of Financial Assistance

The Office of Financial Assistance is responsible for administering federal financial assistance for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application to be considered for financial assistance. Graduate students must accept their offer of admission and register for classes prior to receiving their financial assistance package. Graduate students are packaged in mid-summer. Contact 'Canes Central directly at (305) 284-IBIS for application forms and deadlines.

Applying for Aid as a Graduate Professional

  1. Apply through SOPHAS as a degree-seeking student.

  2. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    1. Federal School Code is 001536.

    2. Create an FSA ID and Password

    3. FAFSA may be completed as early as October 1.

  3. Accept/Decline Aid in CaneLink.

    1. Students will be awarded financial aid based on an estimated full-time cost of attendance assuming the student will be enrolled full time (enrollment of 9 credit hours). Before the start of the term the Office of Financial Assistance and Employment will adjust each student’s Cost of Attendance based on their actual tuition charges and if necessary reduce their financial aid.

    2. An increase in enrollment may require additional funding. Please submit requests to

  4. Complete the Entrance Counseling for both the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Graduate PLUS Loan before loan funds can be disbursed.

    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. These loans are available to most graduate students with a maximum per year limit of $20,500.
    • Graduate PLUS Loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. These loans are available to eligible borrowers and are based on the credit score of the student and if applicable, their co-signer(s). PLUS loans can pay for any unmet need (tuition and living expenses).

Repayment Plans

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers. Many public health careers qualify for this program. For more information, visit this website: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan helps keep your monthly student loan payments affordable and usually has the lowest monthly payment amount of the repayment plans that are based on your income. For more information visit this website: Pay As You Earn