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Public Health Bachelor of Science in Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Inspire a Healthy Community

Public health is all about serving the communities where you live, learn, work, and play. 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.

At a Glance

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

Classes Start January 7th

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.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Advance Public Health

Apply organizational skills and cultural competence to effectively develop and lead high-performance health care teams.

Make Data-Driven Decisions

Address legal, regulatory, and ethical issues to protect your patients and organization.

Apply Ethical Standards

Analyze data to make improvements based on established benchmarks as well as organizational goals and performance.

Develop Leadership Skills

Learn new ways to solve operational and health care issues through technology, leadership, risk management, and more.

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, biostatistics, 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

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

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

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, offers self-paced, online options 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 Title
PUBH4003 Introduction to Theories of Social and Behavioral Change
PUBH4009 Introduction to Biostatistics
PUBH4012 Introduction to Epidemiology
PUBH4018 Introduction to Public Health Policy and Management
PUBH4024 Introduction to Environmental Health

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

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.

Solving the Problems of Food Deserts

What are food deserts? Why do they represent a public health crisis in the U.S.? Learn what they are and what can be done to minimize them.

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.

Move Forward in Your Career

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

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 are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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Ready for the Next Step?

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