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Prepare to protect and improve the health of communities and populations with an online Master of Public Health (MPH) from Capella University. Learn about mitigating health disparities, analyzing the epidemiology of specific diseases, and conducting program evaluation and outcomes research.
This program 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.
Use the code MSFALL to waive the $50 application fee.
Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
Coursework in this online MPH program helps develop your ability 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.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$515 per credit, $125 resource kit fee, 60 total quarter credits, 16 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses, and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50-$200, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our University Catalog.
Find out more about financing and payment options to help you complete your program. Federal aid also is available to help manage the costs of higher education. Learn more about financing your education.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2022–2023
“In my practicum, I studied preventive medicine to address chronic conditions that affect community health outcomes. Through research, I have been able to use models and framework learned to create new strategies toward systems change across the county in which I work.”
Danielle Protivinsky* – MPH
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials.
Applicants to the MPH program must provide the following information for admission:
Upon admission to the program, a background check is required before enrolling in courses. GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of a master’s student. We’ve structured the experience in manageable pieces to help you earn your degree with support from faculty, staff and online resources.
Expand your perspective on academic and career topics with articles and resources from Capella University.
When Christopher Holliday speaks about the inequities in health care that plague our society, one word comes up over and over again: avoidable.
Develop an understanding of fundamental public health concepts, theories, and practices and grow as a promoter of healthy lifestyles and environments.
As the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) states, public health officials are “helping to solve the world’s most pressing health problems.”
Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Master of Public Health.
Job titles to explore
Employment settings to explore
*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.