Capella University Reviews - Master's in Public Health
If I weren't so far into my program, I would drop this school and run without ever looking back!! The advising staff is useless and will tell you what you want to hear just to appease you without addressing or fixing any issues. Once you start your first course there is no other communication with any staff other than your professor, if you're lucky they may give you a bit of feedback. If you do continue on with your program and end up having to do a practicum through the school may you have the ability to function completely on your own with zero support from the school. I have called about 10 times in the last 2 weeks with very little support from the advising office. There has not been any support or follow up on any conversations that have occurred. In fact, they did the complete opposite of what was asked of them. Integrity is lacking with this institution. I will have my degree in a few months. Unfortunately, it will have Capella's name on it. In hindsight, I wish I would have spent more money to go to a much more reputable institution.
Capella University and traditional brick and mortar universities that offer this degree are cheating students because the degree is nearly worthless. The bottom line is if you are not a RN, MD, or LCSW this degree will not offer a high ROI because it's simply not in great demand. The problem is most public health jobs occur at the state government level in the U.S.; however, state agencies do not have sufficient budgets to address public health issues, particularly primary preventative diseases that account for most illnesses, premature mortality, and medical costs, e.g. type 2 diabetes. The U.S. continues to invest in clinical care that addresses the illness or injury through drugs and invasive therapies, hence, the demand for nurses, physicians, LCSW, etc. However, colleges and universities continue to promote public health degrees because they benefit. Take a look at most job listings and your will find that they are primarily looking for nurses, primary care physicians, LCSWs, and professors of public health. In other words, the demand for public health degrees is manufactured by irresponsible college administrators.
Capella University and traditional brick and mortar universities that offer this degree are cheating students because the degree is nearly worthless. The bottom line is if you are not a RN, MD, or LCSW this degree will not offer a high ROI because it's simply not in great demand. The problem is most public health jobs occur at the state level in the U.S.; however, state agencies do not have sufficient budgets to address public health issues, particularly primary preventative diseases that account for most illness, premature mortality, and medical costs, e.g. type 2 diabetes. The U.S. continues to invest in clinical care that is addressing the illness or injury through drugs and invasive therapies, hence, the demand for nurses, physicians, LCSW, etc. However, colleges and universities continue to promote public health degrees because they benefit. Take a look at most job listings and your will find that they are primarily looking for nurses, primary care physicians, LCSWs, and professors of public health. In other words, the demand for public health degrees is manufactured by irresponsible college administrators.
I am greatly enjoying my time at Capella University. Everyone has been incredibly helpful from my admissions counselor to my professors and teacher's assistants. I was nervous about taking classes purely online but Capella has made the experience smooth and easy. There are videos showing exactly how to access classroom material, teacher assistants willing to help you with anything from writing papers to software problems. Every professor has been easily reached through email or text message. I cannot state just how easy and enjoyable this experience has been for me. Like everything else in life, you get out what you put in. As long as you are willing to do the work and put in the effort, you will succeed through Capella University.
My experience was very positive at Capella. I graduated last yr while working & raising kids. The counselors were helpful. Being pre-registered for each course kept me on track with my academic timeline. Great instructors and always available to help.
I have degrees from 3 colleges in different disciplines. Capella was my first online university experience and my experience was awesome. The university has a group of qualified people with human feelings that will assist you get through the toughest course.I immediately began my doctoral journey with the college due to the pleasant experience I had . I have recommended the school to many and will continue to share my experiences with others. GO CAPELLA COMMUNITY!!!
As I read through some of the negative comments about Capella University, it took me back to when I first started my journey with Capella Flexpath. Advisors stressed time and time again about working on time management. I found that everything they said was true. If you don't have time management, the program will not work. In fact, no online studies will work without time management. As for financial aide, I haven't had any problems with it. I was awarded a scholarship in the beginning that has been disbursed over the semesters. I can even see it on my financial aide school report. I think what people fell to realize is that, when you sign up to take online courses, you have to be willing to adjust your schedule called life in order to be successful with achieving goals. Yes, there have been problems with iGuide but it's no different than dealing with any computerized programs. I have called the support line at 1 a.m. in the morning on a couple of occasions and always received the help I needed. My advisor has always been available to go over my academic program with me whenever I had questions. It's a learners responsibility to stay on top of what is going on and to ask questions ahead of time to avoid any mishaps. I am looking forward to graduation day. If I can do it, I know you can.
I attended Capella to receive a masters in Public Health with a focus in Advocacy and Leadership. The program was not only a great fit for me but the staff, professors and advisers we very supportive. When I finally made the decision to further my education I was really nervous and afraid that I would not do very well and I was concerned with juggling full time work, school and other personal responsibilities. After speaking with an adviser, being provided with extensive information on Capella University's programs and receiving feedback from Capella Ambassadors I was encouraged and ready to apply. After getting started and doing better in my courses than I thought, before I knew it I was walking across the stage proudly receiving my degree with my friends and family in the audience cheering me on. I have also gained new friends and connections as a result of being a Capella Learner. After graduation I became a Capella Ambassador and was offered by Capella to return to pursue my doctorate degree, well I refused. I did so because I was tired of school and really thought that I just did not need to go any further. Well, a few months later out of no where I felt a peace about pursuing my doctorate degree so I contacted Capella to inquire. Again, the staff and advisers were great and i enrolled in the doctorate program. I was also able to land a job as a Medical Case Manager working with persons living with HIV. In 2018 I will be walking across the stage yet again but this time as Dr.! I am so grateful for the support I have received from Capella over these years. If you are looking for a great university with diversity, support and multiple degree options I personally feel Capella is a great choice!
I did not graduate from Capella University. I went there for a total of 4 classes before I found out they lied and were not accredited to provide an MPH degree. Many employers require an MPH to have specialized accreditation called the CEPH. I live in California and in order to get a state job my degree must be CEPH accredited. Capella advisors talked a big game about accreditations, discounts, scholarships, fast trac, etc. I specifically asked if they were accredited for giving out MPH's and the person said yes we are… bull. tried to apply for a paid internship and the employer said that I have potential and would love to take me on but they wouldn't because the school I was using to meet the requirements for an MPH internship was not properly accredited. I was so pissed, I called up the advisor and they kept saying they were accredited and the advisor was only referring to being regionally accredited despite me asking over and over if they had a CEPH. After going through the CEPH data base of schools who met the accreditation Capella was not on the list. I then withdrew from the school and got F's for the two classes I was enrolled in at the time. Capella talks a big game but be aware what accreditations you need for the degree you are seeking and I suggest not to trust the admission advisors when they say they have them. Go to the specialized accreditation website and do a search for the school in their database first. I take some of the blame for not checking myself via the CEPH website, but they also said they had the accreditation. Also the classes I took were not transferrable to a CEPH MPH program that I am now enrolled in through a local California college. If you want an MPH degree, don't go to Capella.