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Public Health Master of Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Do more as a public health professional

Your drive to help others can support your community’s health and well-being. Capella University offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH) program that can set you up to meet your personal and professional goals.

Our MPH degree is designed to help prepare you for a broad range of activities and roles. You’ll develop an understanding of fundamental public health concepts, theories, and practices, and grow as a promoter of healthy lifestyles and environments.

Overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 12 Core courses
  • 2 Practicum
  • 1 Capstone
  • 16 Maximum transfer credits
  • 60 Total quarter credits

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.

Classes Start December 2nd

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 Fall19)

MPH program highlights

Real-world experience

Your MPH includes an 80-hour practicum, where you’ll work with faculty and other professionals to develop skills in public health.

Personal leadership coaching

Work one-on-one with a professional leadership coach to identify your leadership style and strengths that you can use to lead others.

Professional alignment

More than 600 organizations—including corporations, health care organizations, and community colleges—invest in their employees by partnering with Capella to offer discounted education programs.

Practical experience with Vila Health™

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

Interprofessional education

Share courses with nursing and health administration practitioners to learn about, from, and with others in the industry.

Reduce your tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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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.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Cost & learning format

A more 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
$22,000$30,000* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$500 per credit, 60 total quarter credits, 16 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

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Master of Public Health sample courses

Coursework in this online MPH program focuses on preparing you to protect and improve the health of communities and populations. Your public health online courses will include learning about mitigating health disparities, analyzing the epidemiology of specific diseases, and conducting program evaluation and outcomes research.

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MPH5503
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
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
MPH5208 *
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

In this course, learners study the core functions of public health program planning and evaluation, including assessment, policy development, programmatic intervention, and quality assurance. Learners identify social and behavioral determinants associated with public health issues, and examine and evaluate programs and their impact on the health of individuals, organizations, communities, and nations. Prerequisite(s): NHS5004, MPH5500, MPH5506, MPH5509, completion of or concurrent registration in MPH5512.

4 quarter credits
MPH5220
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
MPH5304
Learning to Lead in Public Health Settings: Personal and Team Development

Learners in this course work with a coach to evaluate their leadership values and vision in order to set goals that support the process of leadership development. Learners also formulate team leadership strategies that facilitate interprofessional team performance, collaboration, and networking, both inside and outside of public health organizations.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path in public health organization leadership.

  • Evaluate effectiveness and equity in health care, public health, and regulatory systems.
  • Interpret data to apply evidence-based approaches to public health research, policy, and practice.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to design, manage, and evaluate public health policies and programs.
  • Expand your ability to assess, understand, and lead in executing solutions to public health problems.
  • Learn to assimilate and convey health information to a diverse audience to improve community health.
  • Collaborate across disciplines to apply systems-thinking tools to public health issues.

Public Health career insights

How to Start and Grow a Career in Public Health

Discover how to begin a career in public health with a bachelor’s degree, and when and why to pursue an advanced degree.

Leadership in Public Health: Preparing for Emerging Issues

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

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.

"My MPH absolutely put me in the position to move toward my long-term goals."

Read the full interview »

Cathy Runnels*
Master of Public Health
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella.

Public Health professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with an MPH.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Epidemiologist
  • Health director
  • Public health officer
  • Data analyst
  • Clinical manager
  • Health policy analyst
  • Health program analyst
  • Health manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care organization (e.g. hospital or clinic)
  • Community health center
  • Public health agency
  • Professional association
  • Health insurance company
  • Community-based organization
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Social welfare organization
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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 master’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:

Communicate and interact with people across life spans, diverse groups, and cultures to teach behaviors that promote wellness and improve the health of individuals and communities.

Prepare for roles in community health centers and nonprofit organizations that work to communicate public health concepts to diverse audiences.

Collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations while creating awareness of community health across the health professions to optimize outcomes.

Prepare for roles in nonprofit and private businesses or community-based organizations that advocate for and assess the community’s needs.

Assess public health in policies and practices at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Prepare for roles in government or social welfare organizations that influence and motivate others to collaborate across diverse groups.

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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