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Public Health, Accelerated Master's Pathway option Bachelor of Science in Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

A Pathway from Your Bachelor's to Your Master's

With Capella’s online Bachelor of Science in Public Health, you’ll prepare to take on an integral role in preventing disease outbreaks and injuries, educating the public about health risks, and work to reduce health disparities.

With Capella’s Accelerated Master’s Pathway, you can earn graduate credits during your online Bachelor’s in Public Health degree. Three graduate-level courses are built into the bachelor’s program and can be directly transferred into our Master’s in Public Health—saving you over $5,900 and nine months on a future master’s degree.

What to Expect

  • 100% Online
  •  8–14 General Education Courses
  •  14 Core Courses
  •  9–17 Elective Courses
  •  1 Capstone

*Capella permits students in its bachelor's-level public health program to take 12 required credits at the master's level. Those credits apply towards the master's-level program, reducing the overall courses and tuition to complete the degree.

Classes Start January 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Advance Public Health

Apply your understanding of the history, theory, and practice of public health to advance prevention and wellness.

Make Data-Driven Decisions

Our curriculum can help you identify, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize public health information, data, and evidence.

Apply Ethical Standards

Develop a strong ethical background in public health that you can apply when working with diverse populations.

Develop Leadership Skills

Stand out as a problem solver and learn to address public health concerns independently, or as part of a team.

Communicate Effectively

You’ll learn how to communicate public health information to a diverse audience in practical ways.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Core Foundations

We'll introduce you to the foundations of public health including epidemiology, biostastics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and management and health policy.

Hands-on Training

Learn with Villa Health—a virtual training tool that simulates real-world public health situations.

Professionally Aligned Public Health Skills

Our public health curriculum is aligned to industry standards to help you gain the relevant skills you can apply to your field.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$344 per 1000-2000 level credit $368 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Low-Cost Gen Ed Courses

Our learning partner, Sophia Learning, is a self-paced, online option for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements for only $329 per course.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Capella’s online bachelor’s in public health program has curriculum designed to allow you to collaborate with—and gain insights from—other health care professionals through an interprofessional learning format.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
MPH5220 Social Determinants of Healthy Equity
MPH5503 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
MPH5506 Social and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health
PUBH4009 Introduction to Biostatistics
PUBH4012 Introduction to Epidemiology

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

The Role of Public Health Officials and Infectious Diseases

From ongoing research initiatives to effectively communicating information to diverse populations, public health officials play a vital role in combating infectious diseases.

Leadership in Public Health: Preparing for Emerging Issues

What makes an effective leader in public health? Defining the top public health issues and leadership characteristics required to address them.

Community Impact of Nurses with Public Health Degree

Public health nurses advance health care and educate communities. Learn about this career path and the requirements to get started.

Move Forward in Your Career

 Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Health manager
  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Social and community services manager
  • Safety specialist
  • Policy analyst

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Health care organization (e.g. hospital or clinic)
  • Community health center
  • Public health agency
  • Health insurance company
  • Nonprofit organization

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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