Public Health Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate

Become a Leader in Public Health

Improving public health helps build stronger communities for everyone. With Capella's online Graduate Certificate in Public Health, you can gain foundational knowledge and skills in areas of public health such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health. This certificate lets you hone in on your passion that can help you stand out from the crowd. Plus, you can put these credits toward an MPH or to meet admission requirement for a DrPH at Capella if you choose to go further with your studies.  

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core courses 

Classes Start April 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 WINTER).

By earning your Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Capella University, you will have already completed a third of the work toward earning a Capella Master’s in Public Health.

What you’ll learn

Understand public health essentials

Explore public health concepts like health administration, environmental health, biostatistics, and behavioral health.

Impact public health outcomes

Evaluate effectiveness and of public health initiatives on population outcomes.

Use data to effect change

Apply evidence to change public health practice and policy.

Influence public health policy

Gain the skills and knowledge to design, manage, and evaluate public health programs.

Address community challenges

Expand your ability to assess and lead in executing solutions to public health problems.

Engage & inspire action

Manage health information to improve community and population health outcomes.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Exclusive Learner Success Lab

Support to help you manage your time and resources so you can stay on top of your studies and reach your goals.

Immersive Learning Experiences

In our virtual simulated health care environment, you'll practice real-life public health skills in a safe environment.

Master foundational competencies for success in our DrPH

This certificate fulfills the core master's-level public health requirements to enter Capella's DrPH program if you do not have a master's degree in a public health or related discipline.

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. 

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
$500 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 8 max transfer credits

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*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.  

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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. 

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.

$1K toward your certificate

Apply for a $1K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your certificate.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

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


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health curriculum can enhance your knowledge in core public health concepts, including environmental health, biostatistics, behavioral health, and epidemiology

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Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems

This course provides an overview of the elements of the public health system and reviews the administrative processes that foster integration and managerial effectiveness across the system. Learners study the organizational, financial, and managerial structure and function of the public health system and analyze the impact of health policy on administrative systems, including health insurance and reimbursement policy.

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
Principles of Biostatistics

This course provides an introduction to the objectives, principles, and methods of biostatistics for health sciences. Topics include statistical vocabulary; methods for descriptive data analysis; fundamentals of probability and sampling distribution; methods for statistical inference and hypothesis testing; and data analysis and linear regression for continuous, binary, and survival data.

4 quarter credits
MPH5512 *
Principles of Epidemiology

This course provides an overview of epidemiology, including an evaluation of the nature of disease; the interaction among agent, host, and environment; and the chain of transmission. Learners examine epidemiological research methods for identifying and describing variables, evaluate measures of disease occurrence, determine key data sources, and formulate interventions to control disease occurrence and transmission. Prerequisite(s): MPH5509.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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