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About the College of Graduate Health Studies - Online

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) educates and prepares healthcare professionals with management and administrative online healthcare degrees for a variety of settings. The College’s goal is to provide comprehensive and relevant health management knowledge through superior quality, innovative online education.

ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies degree programs provide working healthcare professionals an opportunity to earn a prestigious degree in the healthcare industry. Options at the College of Graduate Health Studies include: Doctor of Health Education, Doctor of Health Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis, Master of Science in Kinesiology, Doctor of Health SciencesDental Public Health Residency, and Master of Science in School Health Education.

ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies embodies ATSU’s founding tenets of osteopathic medicine. Since 1892, Andrew Taylor Still’s tenets have served as our founding principles and have become the osteopathic healthcare education model worldwide.

Health management is one of the fastest growing professions today, with expanding opportunities to make a true difference in the communities you will serve. Healthcare today and in the future needs more compassionate and visionary leaders to overcome the challenges before us.

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  • Application Deadlines and Academic Calendar +

    • Fall 2014-Block 1

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, May 16, 2014 Friday, May 30, 2014 Monday, June 30, 2014 Monday, July 14, 2014 Sunday, September 21, 2014

      Fall 2014-Block 2

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, August 1, 2014 Friday, August 15, 2014 Monday, September 15, 2014 Monday, September 29, 2014 Sunday, December 14, 2014

      Spring 2015-Block 1

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, November 7, 2014 Friday, November 21, 2014 Sunday, December 21, 2014 Monday, January 5, 2015 Sunday, March 15, 2015

      Spring 2015-Block 2

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, January 23, 2015 Friday, February 6, 2015 Monday, March 9, 2015 Monday, March 23, 2015 Sunday, May 31, 2015

      Fall 2015-Block 1

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, May 15, 2015 Friday, May 29, 2015 Monday, June 29, 2015 Monday, July 13, 2015 Sunday, September 20,2015

      Fall 2015-Block 2

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, July 31, 2015 Friday, August 14, 2015 Monday, September 14, 2015 Monday, September 28, 2015 Sunday, December 13, 2015

      Spring 2016-Block 1

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, October 30, 2015 Friday, November 20, 2015 Monday, December 14, 2015 Monday, January 4, 2016 Sunday, March 13, 2016

      Spring 2016-Block 2

      Application Deadline ADP Change Deadline Tuition Due Term Begins Term Ends
      Friday, January 22, 2016 Friday, February 5, 2016 Monday, March 7, 2016 Monday, March 21, 2016 Sunday, May 29, 2016

  • Career Advancement +

    • The College of Graduate Health Studies uses innovative online practices to provide a balanced approach that allows students to study at a time and place that is most convenient to them.
      Our graduates excel in key areas of healthcare education and administration offering a strong diversity of career paths.

      Here are potential career paths you could pursue with a DHEd degree from A.T. Still University:

      • Health educator for a governmental agency
      • Health educator for a non-profit organization
      • Health education or public health researcher
      • Health department director
      • Professor of health education
      • Health education consultant
      • Health education specialist in business and industry
      • Public health information officer
      • Health policy adviser/consultant
      • Public health project manager
      • Coordinated school health liaison
      • Grant funding coordinator

      Here are potential career paths you could pursue with a MPH degree from A.T. Still University:

      • Program manager in an insurance company
      • Manager in a professional or advocacy organization
      • Manager in various departments within local, state and federal government health agencies
      • Administrator and/or faculty in a college or university
      • Program manager in a community-based service organization

      Here are potential career paths you could pursue with a dental degree (DDS) paired with a MPH dental degree from A.T. Still University:

      • Dental director in a community health center
      • Dental director for a local or state health department
      • Dental personnel in a federal health agency
      • Dental faculty in dental or dental hygiene school
      • Dental personnel for an insurance company
      • Manager in a community based non-profit
      • Public health administrator
      • Dental manager in a professional dental organization

      Here are potential career paths you could pursue with a MHA degree from A.T. Still University:

      • Chief operating officer, president, and vice president of a healthcare facility
      • Chief nursing officer or assistant chief nursing officer of a healthcare facility *
      • Clinical research coordinator and operations manager
      • Healthcare consultants
      • Healthcare financial manager
      • Healthcare human resources administrator
      • Healthcare insurance administrator
      • Healthcare marketing administrator
      • Medical director of senior care center *
      • Medical technologists
      • Manager/director at medical suppliers
      • Policy director of healthcare association
      • Program coordinators or managers at state or local government agencies
      • University healthcare outreach coordinators or managers
      • University faculty
      • United States Army and National Guard administrative officers

      * - Additional clinical degree required.

      Please note, this list of potential career paths is meant to provide examples of career paths that graduates of the ATSU DHEd, MPH, MPH dental or MHA program might pursue. While the ATSU DHEd, MPH, MPH dental or MHA degree helps students prepare for these career paths, preparation for any single career path may also depend on previous and current educational and work experience.

      Learn more about career advancement for the following programs:

  • Career Services +

    • The College of Graduate Health Studies has a dedicated Career Services counselor to help students and alumni meet career needs and connect them to appropriate career opportunities. The Career Services Office offers counseling and critiquing of resumes, CVs and cover letters, as well as opportunities for mock interviews and workshops.

      Login to access our services

      Note: Career services are available to CGHS students and alumni. Login requires ATSU username and password. Contact the ITS Help Desk at or 660.626.2200 if you need assistance.

  • Writing Center +

    • ATSU’s Online Writing Center (OWC) is a resource available to both students and faculty.

      The OWC has online resources covering APA formatting, citations, references, tools for organizing a paper, and tips for writing introductions, thesis statements, conclusions, paragraphs, and more.

      Students are encouraged to visit the OWC website to get answers to routine APA questions and basic writing help. Faculty are also encouraged to use the website to help them as they provide feedback to students.

      The OWC website is accessed in the ATSU portal at ATSU Online>ATSU Online Writing Center or via the Blackboard main page.

  • Support +

    • A gift to A.T. Still University is an investment in the quality of healthcare. At ATSU, we are committed to educating the most innovative and compassionate physicians, dentists, and healthcare providers. Your support plays a critical role in maintaining ATSU as a national leader in healthcare education.

      The reasons for making a gift to ATSU are personal and varied. Perhaps you are grateful for your ATSU education and want to give something back. Maybe you would like to leave a legacy to benefit the next generation of students interested in healthcare education. Perhaps you have received compassionate care by one of our faculty members or graduates. Whatever the motivation for giving, we thank you for your investment and are committed to be exceptional stewards.

      Make your gift today

  • Admissions +

    • Apply to any of the College of Graduate Health Studies programs online through ATSU’s application system.

      New applicants can create an account to begin the application process. Once your account has been created, you can save your application and complete at your convenience. Firefox, Chrome and Safari are the preferred browsers to complete your application.

  • Graduation +

    • Requirements

      Per the ATSU Catalog, all graduates must complete all graduations requirements prior to participating in commencement ceremonies. Graduation requirements are listed in the student handbook (pdf).


      • Graduation date: Friday, June 5, 2015, ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
      • Location: Mesa Arts Center 1 E. Main Street Mesa, AZ 85201 - 480.644.6500

      Learn more about parking, hotel location and reservations (pdf).


      Attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. ATSU will not be responsible for travel or hotel accommodations. A listing of hotels close to the Mesa Arts Center will be posted soon.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Do I have to RSVP for graduation?

      Yes. You can RSVP online according to your academic program. Please submit your RSVP by May, 5, 2015 to ensure accuracy of information. You will need to be logged on to the ATSU network to access the RSVP form.

      Is attendance at graduation required?

      No, however it is a great opportunity to meet fellow students, faculty, and staff.

      Is there an orientation for graduation?

      Yes. We encourage all CGHS graduates to attend graduation orientation on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. During orientation you will be given comprehensive information about the ceremony, photographs will be taken with classmates and faculty, and you can learn about available alumni resources.
      Those that indicate as attending orientation on the online RSVP form will be emailed a schedule of events in early 2015. It will be held at the host hotel for CGHS graduation activities. Learn more about the location for graduation (pdf).

      Where do I order my cap and gown?

      Cap and gowns can be ordered through Oak Hall Industries. Please submit your order by May 17, 2015.

      Do I need to order my hood if I am attending graduation?

      CGHS provides your hood, which will be distributed at line-up.

      If I don’t attend the ceremony, how can I order a hood?

      Hoods can be ordered through Oak Hall Industries. Be sure to indicate your program: Health Administration, Health Education, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, or Public Health.

      When can I expect my diplomas? Will it be mailed to my home address?

      Diplomas take approximately 8 to 12 weeks to arrive. Contact the Registrar’s office (660.626.2356 or to ensure your current mailing address is on file.

      I’ll be done with all of my course work before graduation and will NOT be attending graduation. When I apply for jobs, could I consider myself graduated at the end of the block in which I completed all of my coursework or would it be after the graduation ceremony date?

      Once you have completed your course work requirements and met graduation requirements you have earned your degree. Review student handbook (pdf) for details.

      How do I order graduation announcements?

      Graduation announcements and invitations may be ordered online through CB Announcements. Start your order by selecting Arizona for the state and choose ATSU - College of Graduate Health Studies from the drop down menu.


View the complete CGHS course listings for 2014.


ATSU is seeking accreditation for its Master of Public Health (MPH) program from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Part of the accreditation process is the creation of a self-study of the program. MPH self-study for the CEPH (PDF).

Comments regarding the self-study will be included with the final materials given to the accreditation team when it visits ATSU. Email your comments about ATSU's MPH program to Katherine Adler, associate dean of academic success and assessment, at the College of Graduate Health Studies at or to Carolyn McDaniel at

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