BS in Public Health Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Discover the Value of Earning a Public Health Degree

Public health is a wide-reaching, vital field that touches the health and well-being of all people within a community. Prepare to meet your professional and personal goals with an online Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree from Capella University.

Career paths to explore with a bachelor’s in public health include health manager, social and community services manager, safety specialist, or policy analyst.

An Accelerated Master's Pathway (AMP) is also available in this program. With this option, you can start taking master’s-level courses during your bachelor’s degree program, potentially helping you save if you’re accepted into a Capella MPH.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 8–14 General education courses
  • 14 Core courses
  • 9–17 Elective courses
  • 1 Capstone
  • 180 Total quarter credits
  • 135 Maximum transfer credits

Classes Start October 11th

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 FALL21).

Bachelor’s in Public Health program highlights

Accelerated Pathway to a Master’s

Choose the Capella Accelerated Master's Pathway (AMP) option for your BS in Public Health degree program and start taking master's-level courses, which could potentially save you up to $6,000 on your MPH.

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for an $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

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Practical Experience with Vila Health™

Practice communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in Vila Health™, our simulated health care environment.

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated faculty and support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


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Cost & learning format

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $375 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.

Accredited & recognized

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

Ways to save

Affording your education shouldn’t be an obstacle to reaching your goals. We can help you find ways you can save.

$5K toward your bachelor's

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor's degree.

Gen ed courses included

Our affiliate, Sophia Learning, is a self-paced, online option for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements, included in tuition for Capella students.*

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

*All transfer and PLA credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

BS in Public Health sample courses

Capella’s online bachelor’s in public health program provides students with foundational knowledge in the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, social determinants, and public health policy and management.

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Introduction to Theories of Social and Behavioral Change

Learners in this course gain fundamental knowledge of the theories of social and behavioral change that guide public health professionals in understanding health behaviors in the contexts in which they occur. Learners analyze the theories that influence health behaviors and public engagement activities as well as gain perspectives of why and how people behave the way they do. In addition, learners examine the structural and social barriers to better health and determine the ways in which they can design comprehensive solutions to eliminate those barriers.

4 quarter credits
Introduction to Biostatistics

This course introduces learners to fundamental statistical data analysis for individual and community health. Throughout the course, learners examine basic statistics and how they are applied in public health. Learners also develop and demonstrate an awareness of the statistical software tools used for analysis and explore the major methodologies used in public health to determine policy and practice.

4 quarter credits
Introduction to Epidemiology

In this course, learners examine core principles of epidemiology, including the prevention of chronic diseases, how disease spreads across populations, and how public health interventions can help control or reduce that spread. In addition, learners gain an understanding of patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions; statistical evaluation, analysis, and interpretation; and the impact of health and disease social determinants on the health of individuals and the community. Learners also explore epidemiology as a social science by reviewing the social causes and consequences of health.

4 quarter credits
Introduction to Public Health Policy and Management

In this course, learners build and demonstrate a broad understanding of how public health and policy intersect in the United States and how public health services, programs, and policies are developed, managed, and funded. Throughout the course, learners analyze the key drivers of policies and legislation that impact public and private health care systems, individuals, and the overall population.

4 quarter credits
Introduction to Environmental Health

Learners in this course investigate the relationships between people and their environment, and the promotion of environmentally healthy and safe communities. Learners also examine the effects of climate change on public health and how to identify and prevent hazardous agents in air, water, soil, and food and in occupations from adversely affecting human health on a short or long term basis. Prerequisite(s): PUBH4009 and PUBH4012.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path toward meeting your professional or personal goals in the field of public health.

  • Apply organizational skills and cultural competence to effectively develop and lead high-performance health care teams.
  • Address legal, regulatory, and ethical issues to protect your patients and organization.
  • Analyze data to make improvements based on established benchmarks as well as organizational goals and performance.
  • Learn new ways to solve operational and health care issues through technology, leadership, risk management, and more.
  • Develop skills for communicating public health information to a diverse audience in practical ways.

Public Health Career Insights

What Can You Do with a Public Health Degree?

Discover careers to explore with a public health degree.

The Role of Public Health Officials in Combating Infectious Diseases

Public health officials play a vital role in researching and educating the public on infectious diseases.

Leadership in Public Health: Preparing for Emerging Issues

A look at developing public health issues and leadership characteristics required to address them.

BS in Public Health Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career paths 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

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.

Three career paths to explore with a bachelor’s in public health

While the public health field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:

Evaluate public health policies to determine their impacts and make recommendations in hopes of improving the overall well-being of a community.

Prepare for roles in public health agencies or nonprofit organizations that focus on identifying problem areas for current public health policies and developing new policies while improving current ones.

Assist individuals and communities with voluntary behavior changes and healthy adaptions to maintain a good health status and to stay free from injury, violence, and disease.

Prepare for roles in community health centers and health care organizations that advocate for and assess the community’s needs by developing programs designed to teach the community about health topics.

Develop and present wellness programs in local communities, centered on protecting the health of populations and improving quality of life.

Prepare for roles in community health centers and nonprofit organizations that advocate for and assess the community’s needs.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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