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Public Health Graduate Certificate

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

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 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

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. 

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
$492 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 8 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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

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

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

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

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

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MPH5500 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems
MPH5503 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
MPH5506 Social and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health
MPH5509 Principles of Biostatistics
MPH5512 Principles of 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

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. 

Health Equity: An Emerging Issue in Public Health

The effect of health equity is an issue at the forefront of public health nationwide. 

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Ready for the Next Step?

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