Master of Public Health

Learn to create healthier communities.

Focus on promotion of healthy lifestyles and environments; prevention of injuries, disease, and epidemics; identification of environmental hazards; and disaster response. Gain knowledge and skills in health management, population-based research, and the community public health practice.

This graduate degree program has been revised. The outcomes and data below are from the previous version. The new program outcomes, for which we do not het have data, are shown below the Quality and Professional Relevance section.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2015-2016 Demonstration of Program Outcomes Master of Public Health

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Creates healthy communities and environments.
Develops solutions to public health issues in an informed manner.
Develop and implement public health policies and administrative processes.
Manage public health program.
Evaluates social and professional ethics.
Create health access and quality strategies for diverse populations.
Communicates effectively across the public health discipline.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q3 2015 – Q2 2016 capstone courses



Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella is the only online university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in public administration, public safety, and health care.
  • Capella's MPH program is designed around leading national public health curriculum standards.
  • Capella University has a faculty of experienced health care professionals and practitioners.
  • Our public health program outcomes are derived from the recommendations of several leading national health care associations.

Master of Public Health Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Health degree program 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 Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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.

Master of Public Health Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Health degree program have been combined for these Student Experience 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 Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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 & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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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