Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Gain the skills you need to work in a variety of public health roles.

Increase your knowledge in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, social determinants, and public health policy and management. Understand health behaviors in the contexts in which they occur; use a collaborative community approach to promote disease prevention through the planning and evaluation of public health programs and policies. Upon successful completion of this degree program learners are prepared to supplement their current position with public health knowledge or pursue entry-level positions within the field of public health.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health is designed around the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Bachelor's Degree Foundational Domains.
  • The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) report shows that Capella seniors score significantly higher in critical thinking and written communication compared to seniors from non-proprietary and other proprietary institutions. The full CLA+ report is available.

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Apply knowledge of history, theory, and practice to advance prevention and wellness.
  2. Apply independent, teamwork, and leadership skills to address public health concerns.
  3. Identify, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize public health information, data, and evidence.
  4. Apply ethical considerations working with diverse populations.
  5. Communicate public health information in both oral and written forms, through a variety of media and to diverse audiences.

Bachelor of Science Program Graduates

Data from graduates from all Bachelor of Science programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Career & Professional Accomplishments Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Bachelor of Science Program Graduates

Data from graduates from all Bachelor of Science programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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