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Pursue your vision for a healthier world and help create positive change for individuals and communities. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Capella is designed to establish your foundational knowledge in key areas of the field, from biostatistics and epidemiology to environmental determinants and public policy. You’ll develop skills that can help you solve public health challenges, address structural barriers to wellness and collaborate with communities to make a real impact on health outcomes.
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Introduction to Theories of Social and Behavioral Change
Learners in this course gain fundamental knowledge of the theories of social and behavioral change that guide public health professionals in understanding health behaviors in the contexts in which they occur. Learners analyze the theories that influence health behaviors and public engagement activities as well as gain perspectives of why and how people behave the way they do. In addition, learners examine the structural and social barriers to better health and determine the ways in which they can design comprehensive solutions to eliminate those barriers.
|4 quarter credits|
Introduction to Biostatistics
This course introduces learners to fundamental statistical data analysis for individual and community health. Throughout the course, learners examine basic statistics and how they are applied in public health. Learners also develop and demonstrate an awareness of the statistical software tools used for analysis and explore the major methodologies used in public health to determine policy and practice.
|4 quarter credits|
Introduction to Epidemiology
In this course, learners examine core principles of epidemiology, including the prevention of chronic diseases, how disease spreads across populations, and how public health interventions can help control or reduce that spread. In addition, learners gain an understanding of patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions; statistical evaluation, analysis, and interpretation; and the impact of health and disease social determinants on the health of individuals and the community. Learners also explore epidemiology as a social science by reviewing the social causes and consequences of health.
|4 quarter credits|
Introduction to Public Health Policy and Management
In this course, learners build and demonstrate a broad understanding of how public health and policy intersect in the United States and how public health services, programs, and policies are developed, managed, and funded. Throughout the course, learners analyze the key drivers of policies and legislation that impact public and private health care systems, individuals, and the overall population.
|4 quarter credits|
Introduction to Environmental Health
Learners in this course investigate the relationships between people and their environment, and the promotion of environmentally healthy and safe communities. Learners also examine the effects of climate change on public health and how to identify and prevent hazardous agents in air, water, soil, and food and in occupations from adversely affecting human health on a short or long term basis. Prerequisite(s): PUBH4009 and PUBH4012.
|4 quarter credits|
The online Bachelor of Science in Public Health program equips you with foundational knowledge in the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, social determinants, and public health policy and management. The curriculum emphasizes theories of social and behavioral change that guide public health professionals in a wide range of contexts. You’ll learn how to understand health behaviors in the environments where they occur; address structural and social barriers to better health; interpret and evaluate statistical data; use evidence-based practices for disease prevention; and develop a collaborative community approach to the planning and evaluation of public health initiatives.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
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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.
$365 per 1000-2000 level credit $388 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 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-$175, 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.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2021–2022
“The day after my capstone ended, I started a new role at a company I had been eyeing for a while. I'm not saying it was my degree that landed me that job, but I was more confident in taking the leap!”
Stephen Ryan* – BS Public Health AMP graduate and MHA student
*Actual Capella graduate who agreed to appear in promotional materials.
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Applicants to the BS in Public Health program must provide the following information for admission:
SAT and ACT are not required for admission.
Accelerated Master’s Pathway (AMP) admission requirements
International student requirements
If you live outside the U.S. or aren’t a U.S. citizen, you may be considered an international student.
To meet the requirements for Capella admission, you must:
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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 Bachelor of Science in Public Health.
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