Most MS students and all PhD students receive financial support via traineeships or graduate research assistantships.
MS and PhD students accepted to programs with a focus on occupational health and safety (including Agricultural Safety & Health, Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Epidemiology, and Occupational Injury Prevention) are funded through Heartland Center traineeships as described below.
MS and PhD students with a focus on environmental health or environmental toxicology are generally funded by graduate research assistantships, again as described below.
Heartland Center for Occupational Health & Safety Traineeships
Students accepted to the following programs receive Heartland Center traineeships and financial support—fully paid tuition and a monthly stipend:
- Agricultural Safety & Health
- Industrial Hygiene
- Occupational Epidemology
- Occupational Injury Prevention
These traineeships are sponsored by NIOSH, and are available for U.S. citizens only. Learn more about Heartland Center traineeships with this FAQ.
As with most professional degrees, MPH students should generally plan to pay for their tuition and living expenses with a combination of their own resources and standard college loans. However, there are also many scholarships, grants, and graduate assistantships available. You can learn more about these and other funding opportunities at the MPH program’s Financial Aid page.
Graduate Research Assistantships
Our faculty are engaged in research that changes lives for the better. They work to improve and protect the health of workers and communities. Many of their projects have grant funding that allows them to employ students as graduate research assistants. You could get paid to practice research methods, develop essential professional skills, and study public health.
Graduate research assistantships pay students’ tuition and provide a monthly stipend. A GRA appointment is usually obtained from a student’s advisor—so you’ll want to connect with someone whose research interests you.
Additional Financial Aid Resources
- The Office of Financial Student Aid offers several kinds of aid to graduate students, including loans and employment.
- The Graduate College provides information on graduate assistantships, grants, fellowships, and student loans.
- The ASPPH has gathered useful information on financing your public health degree, including a list of scholarship search engines.