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Public Health Master of Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Protect the Health of Your Community

Public health is all about helping communities improve the health of the people who live there. Capella’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program can set you up to succeed.

The interprofessional approach of our online MPH will help you collaborate across disciplines to develop solutions to public health issues, create healthy communities and environments, and establish strategies for health access for diverse populations. You’ll expand your knowledge of public health concerns, grow your leadership skills, and learn to use your strengths to lead at the top of your field. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 15 Core Courses
  • Practicum

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

Impact Public Health Outcomes

Evaluate effectiveness and equity in health care, public health, and regulatory systems.

Use Data to Effect Change

Interpret data to apply evidence-based approaches to public health research, policy, and practice.

Influence Public Health Policy

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

Address Community Challenges

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

Engage & Inspire Action

Learn to assimilate and convey health information to a diverse audience to improve community health.

Work on Interprofessional Teams

Collaborate across disciplines to apply systems-thinking tools to public health issues.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Real-World Experience: Practicum

Your MPH includes an 80-hour, hands-on practicum working with faculty and other professionals to gain exposure and develop skills in public health.

Personal Leadership Coaching

Work one-on-one with a professional leadership coach to identify your own leadership style and strengths to lead others.

Professionally Relevant Curriculum

Our MPH curriculum follows the recommendations in the Blue Ribbon Public Health Employers’ Advisory Board Report.

Gain Practical Experience with Vila Health™

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

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, 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.

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

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

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

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

Stay on Track with Our Exclusive Learner Success Lab

Our learner success lab helps you learn to use your time and resources effectively—keeping you as efficient as possible. 

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

Our Master of Public Health program emphasizes environmental public health concepts; psychological, behavioral, and social factors of health disparities; epidemiology and biostatistics; public health systems and processes, and economics.

Some of the courses you will take:

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

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.

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Leadership in Public Health: Preparing for Emerging Issues

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

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MPH degree.

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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Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

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