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Public Health Degrees & Certificates

Take the lead in Public Health

Help improve health care systems, reduce costs, and improve population health with online education where learning fits into your life, not the other way around.

Flexible, online degrees in public health

Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in public health. We also offer public health certificates, including our online Post-Master’s Certificate in Epidemiology.

Each program is designed to help you make a difference in this vital area. At whatever level of study you choose, you’ll focus on improving community health, reducing health disparities, advocating for policy improvements, and other activities to help advance public health.

All of our programs reflect the way we’ve reshaped education, removing the barriers for you to pursue your interests and professional goals in the field of public health.


Doctor of Public Health

Lead in public health by applying evidence to solve public health problems and improve community health outcomes.


Master of Public Health

 Prepare to improve the health of populations and learn to develop solutions to create healthy communities and improve heath access for diverse groups.


BS in Public Health

Address public health challenges with a foundational understanding of epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and more. Choose between two degree plans.


Public Health Certificates

Gain differentiating knowledge and skills—with a certificate in public health or epidemiology—to help you improve and protect the health of your community. 

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes.

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

The Capella difference

Expert advisory board: Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board ensures your curriculum is developed with the insight and support of industry leaders.

Practicum experience: This program includes two 40-hour practicums where you’ll work with faculty and other professionals to develop skills in public health. Learn more about the practicum

World-class faculty: You’ll gain real-world perspectives and insights from faculty who are recognized for both academic and industry expertise.

Immersive learning experiences: In our virtual health care simulation tool, you’ll practice real-life scenarios in a safe environment.

“Capella helped me stay sane by giving me the flexibility I needed to juggle all these things. It also gave me a strong education. Capella absolutely positioned me to move forward.”

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

Public Health career insights

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The Role of Public Health Officials in Combating Infectious Diseases

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