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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.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 15 Core Courses
  • Practicum
  • 60 Total Quarter Credits
  • 16 Maximum Transfer Credits

Classes Start February 4th

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)

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 $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $5K 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

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
$21,648$29,520* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$492 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

Depending on the program and school, you may be able to apply transfer credits to your Capella education.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. An enrollment counselor can tell you more.

Reduce Your Tuition with $5K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $5K.

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.

Course Number Course Title
MPH5503 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
MPH5512 Principles of Epidemiology
MPH5208 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
MPH5220 Social Determinants of Health Equity
MPH5304 Learning to Lead in Public Health Settings: Personal and Team Development

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."

Cathy Runnels*

Master of Public Health

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*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*

  • Public health program specialist
  • Community health program manager
  • Research assistant
  • Health outcomes analyst
  • Public health advisor
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Legislative policy advisor
  • Public health consultant

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community health center
  • Community-based organization
  • Consulting firm
  • Health care organization
  • Health insurance company
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Public health agency
  • Professional association
  • Social welfare 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.

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Ready for the Next Step?

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