Courses BS in Public Health

Bachelor of Science in Public Health


Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits
BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits
ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

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Accelerated Master’s Pathway, BS in Public Health/MPH option

Learners enrolled in the Accelerated Master’s Pathway, BS in Public Health/MPH option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of PUBH4003, PUBH4006, and PUBH4024.



Master's-level courses



12 quarter credits

Social Determinants of Health Equity

Learners in this course examine the social factors contributing to health and health care disparities on a local, regional, national, and global basis, calculating their impact on overall health status and health service use. Learners also develop community-based intervention strategies to address identified disparities.

4 quarter credits
Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health

This course surveys the major issues related to environmental and occupational health and health hazards. Learners identify the sources of biological, chemical, and physical agents found in the environment and analyze their effects on water, food, and land resources in community and occupational settings. Learners also examine concepts about climate change, as well as the legal framework, policies, and practices associated with controlling environmental and occupational hazards.

4 quarter credits
Social and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health

Learners in this course explore social and behavioral science theories and concepts applied to population health. Learners identify and increase their understanding of the biological, social, economic, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence the health of individuals, populations, and subgroups. Learners also examine the resources needed to develop social and behavioral policies and public health evidenced-based programs to reduce disparities and improve health.

4 quarter credits


These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.


General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.



Required courses



66 quarter credits

Developing a Health Care Perspective

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and in the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a health care perspective and expand their academic success strategies including organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners also develop an understanding of ethics, information literacy, and effective writing. For School of Nursing and Health Sciences learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
Introduction to Health Care Research

In this course, learners examine health care research methodologies to assess access, quality, and cost as well as related marketing research and planning. In particular, learners strengthen their knowledge of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research designs in order to better understand the needs, expectations, and social norms involved within the health care delivery system.

6 quarter credits
Leadership and Communication in Health Care Organizations

Learners in this course gain awareness of their personal leadership style and develop communication approaches appropriate for a diverse set of stakeholders. Learners also build their knowledge and skills in cultural competence, effective teamwork, coaching, cross-functionality, and collaboration through the use of authentic, real-world scenarios.

6 quarter credits
Managing Population Health

In this course, learners investigate epidemiology and its patterns, causes, and effects relative to health and disease conditions across identified populations. Learners identify evidencebased approaches to promote wellness, disease management, and evolving financial reimbursement strategies. In addition, learners gain an understanding of critical factors associated with accountable care organizations and formulate applied research strategies focused on patient engagement.

6 quarter credits
Ethics in Health Care

Learners in this course gain a better understanding of the ethical issues associated with the health care profession and the conceptual framework health care professionals use to make ethical decisions. Learners examine current and emerging ethical health care issues related to the various stages of the lifecycle and the quality of life. Learners also explore ethical issues associated with patient care from the perspectives of various health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, and administrators through the use of authentic, real-world examples.

6 quarter credits
Foundations of Public Health

This course provides learners with an overview of core public health concepts as well as the contributions and roles of public health institutions. Learners use historical perspectives and current trends to address determinants of health from an environmental, social, and behavioral perspective. Learners also become familiar with organizational structure and gauge its impact on health care delivery and barriers to access from a population perspective.

4 quarter credits
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
Social Determinants of Health and Wellness

In this course, learners are introduced to the social and economic determinants of health and wellness in the United States. In particular, learners gain an understanding of what those determinants are and how they can be changed.

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
Planning and Evaluation in Evidence-Based Practice

Learners in this course assess evidence-based practice and how it affects public health planning and evaluation. In particular, learners examine the ways in which they can use a collaborative community approach and the best evidence available to promote prevention through the planning and evaluation of public health programs and policies.

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
Community Health Promotion, Education and Advocacy

In this course, learners examine how health promotion, education, and advocacy have been employed in the United States and worldwide. Learners also investigate the expanding world of social media as well as more traditional public health promotion, education, and advocacy efforts.

4 quarter credits



Elective courses



63 quarter credits


Choose 63 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.



Capstone course



6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

Public Health Capstone

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Public Health degree program. Learners demonstrate the technical and applied public health knowledge and the critical thinking and communication skills needed to effectively address determinants of health from an environmental, social, and behavioral perspective; understand health behaviors and the contexts in which they occur; and examine the structural and social barriers to better health so that they may determine the ways in which comprehensive solutions can be designed to eliminate those barriers. For BS in Public Health learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits






180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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