Master of Public Health Degree Online

Master of Public Health Degree Online

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Ranked Number One Online Public Health Masters Degree*

The number one ranked Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at A.T. Still University prepares graduates to become seasoned professionals in the field of public health. The focus of this master’s in public health online is to create elite healthcare professionals who are prepared and driven to make a difference and lead the future of healthcare. This master’s program is uniquely designed in close alignment with newly published public health standards, thus cultivating experienced, modern leaders who will excel in a wide range of public health professions.

CEPH logoThe Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), meeting accepted standards established by and with the profession and covering essential skills and knowledge needed for today’s jobs. View ATSU’s CEPH final team report and CEPH self-study for additional information.

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ATSU-CGHS’s Master of Public Health degree is also ranked in the top 20 programs in the United States by, adding to ATSU’s long-standing reputation for integrity, quality and leadership in education. Students can now earn their dental public health master’s degree from a prestigious health sciences University dedicated to improving public health.

The Master of Public Health degree program is offered through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS). All core master’s in public health online courses are taught by our renowned and highly qualified doctoral-level public health faculty including industry leaders, top national public servants and public health academic innovators. As class size is limited to 16 students, valuable and extensive one-on-one student-faculty interaction allows for the cultivation of lifelong relationships and professional public health connections.

This master’s in public health online aims to empower its students to take their influence and abilities to a new and highly professional level. This includes the integration of highly contemporary public health industry resources such as leveraging social media to extend the impact of public health professionals’ efforts. While utilizing forward thinking strategies and technological resources is an important component of this public health degree, students enrolled in the Master of Public Health program will also gain world-class, timeless knowledge on the foundation of the public health field.

While earning a master’s degree in public health at ATSU, you will have all the resources necessary to keep your career moving forward in one seamlessly integrated public health degree.

* Ranked #1 Public Health Master’s Degree by


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  • Accreditation +

    • Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

      A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 800.621.7440, Fax: 312.263.7492, Email:,

      The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has accredited the Master of Public Health program at ATSU-CGHS for a five-year term extending to July 1, 2020.

  • Career Advancement+

    • Many diverse career options in both the public and private sectors are available for graduates who have earned ATSU’s master’s degree in public health, including:
      • Assistant/Associate Professor in Health Education
      • Director of Community Health Services
      • Director of Health and Wellness Program (for a corporation, hospital, or health system)
      • Health Advocacy/Policy/Research
      • Health Educator
      • Health Education Consultant

      • Health Policy Adviser/Consultant
      • Public Health Information Officer
      • Public Health Project Manager
      • Public Health Management Analyst
      • Program Manager at an Insurance Company

Master of Public Health Degree Faculty

ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) instructors have diverse academic and working backgrounds in public health, and all hold doctoral degrees. Their academic areas of interest include access to care, workforce issues, impact of water shortages, preventive health care, health disparities, injury prevention, maternal and child health, health policy and cultural disparities.

ATSU-CGHS faculty and staff are dedicated to your success, and comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring, career services and technical support.

  • Dean +

      • Don Altman, DDS, DSHc, MPH, MBA, MA
        Dean & Professor

        Dr. Altman is the Professor and Dean of the College of Graduate Health Studies at A.T. Still University. He also serves as director of public health, at ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.

        Dr. Altman graduated from The University of Texas Dental Branch in 1983 and then completed his master’s degree in public health at The University of Texas School of Public Health in 1989. He became board certified in dental public health in 1999, then completed a master’s degree in business administration at The University of Phoenix (2002) and a master’s degree in bioethics from Midwestern University (2004). He also received his doctor of health science degree from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (2012).

  • Associate Dean +

      • Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE
        Associate Dean of Academic Success and Assessment

        Dr. Adler is the Associate Dean for Assessment and Student Success at the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS). She began teaching for the College of Graduate Health Studies in 2006, became the Program Chair for Health Administration in 2009, and became the Associate Dean in 2012.

        Dr. Adler holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has more than 25 years of varied experience in the not-for-profit health care industry, spending the bulk of her career working at safety-net hospitals in urban Detroit.

        During her tenure in administrative roles, Dr. Adler worked closely with physicians in medicine and surgery, having direct oversight of those departments and subspecialties, and gained extensive knowledge in public health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences. Through her formal training and work, Dr. Adler has a strong background in health services administration as well as public health. She is a patient advocate, understands the plight of the underserved and underinsured, and has worked to incorporate patient-centered care into the curriculum with the understanding that prevention and whole person healthcare are the keys to a healthy community and society.

  • Chair +

      • Mary-Katherine Smith, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH
        Chair & Associate Professor

        Mary-Katherine Smith, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, is department chair and associate professor with A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies, MPH program, and is part-time faculty with Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership.

        Dr. Smith holds a doctorate of public health with an emphasis in social and behavioral sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, a master’s in rural public health from Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, and a bachelor’s in biology from Texas A&M University. She earned a master certified health education specialist and is certified in public health.

        Dr. Smith has extensive experience in epidemiology, program planning, community health, and public health preparedness; with experience working in the non-profit sector, government sector as well as in academia. She has been teaching online since 2007, and has completed and obtained her online teaching certificate from Sloan-C and is currently working toward her certificate in online instruction.

        Prior to becoming a full time academic, Dr. Smith was the first full time pandemic program planner in the state of Texas at Dallas County Health and Human Services. Key activities included enhancing existing surveillance systems for seasonal influenza, educating community leaders through created lectureships and programs, and provide consulting services for agencies in developing their own business continuity and continuity of operations plans. Prior to her employment for Dallas County she worked as a community health facilitator for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Fort Worth, focusing on community health education and outreach.

        Dr. Smith has published multiple research articles on pandemic planning and emergency preparedness, and on social media in educating diverse populations; she also presents regularly at national conferences on rural border health issues, social media and water scarcity as a public health issue, this includes presentations at American Public Health Association and National Rural Health Association. She has served as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association as well as former chairman of the American Heart Association Cultural Health Initiatives Tarrant County Task Force. She is a member of the National Society of Public Health Education and the U.S. and Texas Public Health Associations, as well as the National Rural Health Association.

        Dr. Smith’s research interests include cultural health disparities, rural /border health issues, maternal and child health, public health preparedness, and special medical needs populations.

        In her spare time she enjoys riding horses and traveling. Dr. Smith lives in Texas with her husband and young son.

  • Faculty +

      • Don Altman, DDS, DSHc, MPH, MBA, MA
        Dean & Professor
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      • Shachi Shantinath, DDS, PhD, MPH
        Associate Professor
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      • David Denali
        Associate Professor
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      • Lihua Dishman
        Associate Professor
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      • Jim Guillory
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      • Gregory Loeben, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Ashley Love, DrPH, MPH, MS
        Associate Professor
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      • Mary-Katherine Smith, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH
        Chair & Associate Professor
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  • Adjunct +

      • Denice Curtis, DDS, DHSc, MPH

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      • Stacy Braiuca

      • Chris Miller

      • Larry Wolod

Master of Public Health Degree Admissions

ATSU’s renowned master of public health online program admits public health professionals who have diverse graduate education, work history and life experiences. Qualified candidates demonstrate an ability to pursue a rigorous course of graduate academic study and hold increasingly responsible positions in public health.

Students are selected by an admission committee that considers the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, prior experience, letters of evaluation, and personal motivation. In special circumstances, a personal interview may be required.

  • Requirements +

    • Application requirements for the Master of Public Health online program include:

      1. Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university. Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States must provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
      2. Completed admissions application.
      3. Official transcript from a qualifying degree-granting institution. For students using VA benefits transcripts for all institutions attended are required.
      4. Non-refundable application fee submitted with application.
      5. Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution. Candidates with a GPA below 3.0 may apply by completing an additional essay during the application process to explain factors that precipitated a student’s low GPA and how and why a student will be successful in a program. Students who did not attend an institution where a GPA system was used are required to petition the program chair.
      6. A current resume.
      7. Completion of essay and two professional references.
      8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants when English is not their first language. The Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test (iBT), or the Paper Based Test (PBT) are accepted. The following are the minimum required score based on test type:
        • CBT - minimum total score of 213 (min. 22/Reading Skills section; min. 26/Writing Skills section)
        • iBT - minimum total score of 80 (min 22/Reading Skills section; min. 24/Writing Skills section)
        • PBT - minimum total score of 550 (min. 57/Reading Skills section; min. 61/Writing Skills section)

      9. Applicants are selected by an admission committee.
      10. Completion of background check, using a vendor selected by ATSU. CGHS requires criminal background checks on matriculants to ensure the safety of patients and employees. The checks are conducted by an ATSU selected vendor. The student will pay the cost of the criminal background check directly to the vendor. Failure to comply with this mandate will result in denial to matriculate. Applicants who fail to disclose anything on their application that is returned on their background check report will have that finding reviewed by an University Official.
      11. Technology requirements: All ATSU students are required to own a computer system. Minimum system requirements vary depending on program.

      Foreign Credential Evaluation

      Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All coursework taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:

      • World Education Services P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087 phone: 212. 966.6311 fax: 212.739.6139
      • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 414.289.3400
      • American Assn. of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036-1135 202.293-9161
      • FCCPT - Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (PT Applicants only) p: 703.684.8406
      • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: 305.273.1616 f: 305.273.1338
      • ICD - International Consultants of Delaware (General) p: 215.222.8454

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Example of a Master of Public Health in the field.


  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • ATSU has set up a demo course of our Blackboard
      Learning Management System for interested students.

      Please go to our guest demo site, and login with:

      Username: MPHdemo
      Password: cghsguest

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Master of Public Health Curriculum Overview

The online Master of Public Health curriculum provides comprehensive training that develops leaders who are fully prepared to address society’s healthcare issues. All core courses are taught by ATSU’s exceptional, doctoral-level faculty, which includes former top national public servants, industry leaders and academic innovators in public health.


Course descriptions, course durations and related information are subject to change. Courses are presented in order of a typical student academic degree plan.

  • Introduction to Public Health Concepts+

    • This course is a comprehensive introduction to public health within the context of the U.S. healthcare system. Contents include the concept of public health, its problems in the context of social and community factors, its development from a historical perspective, the role and mission of public health organizations, and an overview of current public health concepts, models, and policy

  • Biostatistics+

    • Biostatistics is the study and development of statistical, mathematical, and computational methods applied to biological, health, and human sciences . Biostatisticians play a key role in the design, conduct, and analysis of research studies in areas of health and disease, and create and apply methods for quantitative research in health-related fields. Topics covered include data description, probability, distribution of random variables, applications of the binomial and normal distributions, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, regression, and analysis of variance. Additional topics include an introduction to statistical computing and data management, non-parametric statistical methods, and demographic measures. Students need to use a statistical program (Microsoft Excel® or other program) to assist with computations.

  • Epidemiology+

    • ​This course examines the study of disease in populations from a public health perspective. Topics include research methods, study designs, sampling, data analysis, interpretation of data, and application of findings for public health policy.

  • Public Health Systems Policy and Management+

    • This is a survey course providing an overview of the policy process as applied to health. Similarly, it provides introductory content dealing with how public health and other health organizations are organized and managed.

  • Fundamentals of Research in Public Health+

    • Life-long learning is an integral skill in the healthcare industry. The ability to become a life-long learner depends on sustainable assessment skills. In this course we will focus on developing and enhancing your skills related to search strategies, problem statements, literature reviews, and proposal preparation.

  • Public Health Policy and Politics+

    • This course discusses the structure of the political process in health policy making. It covers the political roles of selected health professionals and the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government in health policy. This course provides practical mechanisms to intervene on behalf of programs or institutions.

  • Community Health Informatics+

    • The course will introduce students to the field of health informatics and its application to public health. Students will learn fundamental principles of computer science and computer information technology. They will apply these principles to understanding proper use of healthcare data and its inherent pitfalls concerning privacy, security, ethics, and data interoperability. The course will also provide an overview of the use of networking technology in the collection and distribution of health information, with emphasis on electronic and personal health records. Focus will be given to clinical application of informatics tools in evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, bioinformatics, imaging, and research. Students will also utilize publicly available information systems, such as national vital statistics, pertaining to morbidity data and environmental public health.

  • Environmental Health Sciences+

    • This course provides an introduction to ecology and ecological principles and how human population pressures affect them. Man’s impact on biotic and abiotic components of the earth is examined as well as environmental factors affecting public health. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of anthropogenic, chemical, and physical stressors and their impact on various ecosystem components and man.

  • Public Health Practicum+

    • This course requires completion of a project in an approved supervised public health setting emphasizing evaluation and service delivery, planning, or operations resolving a management problem or evaluating a program component. This eight-quarter credit hour practicum requires 240 contact hours in a supervised public health environment (8 credit hours, pass/fail).

  • Public Health Biology+

    • This course explains the role of biology in the ecological model of population-based health. This course integrates general biological and molecular concepts into public health and looks at how biological, chemical, and physical agents affect human health.

  • Identifying Community Health Needs+

    • This course focuses on the community health needs assessment process. Students will learn the various methods and tools currently used to identify the health status indicators and available assets to be used to respond to important health problems and risks at the community level. As part of this course, students will have hands-on experience collecting primary and secondary data, and then analyzing and evaluating it.

  • Health Education Concepts+

    • Social and epidemiological basis of health education overviews are provided. Tools are developed for assessment of community, institutional, and individual educational needs. Planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs designed to develop and reinforce positive health promotion and prevention practices are explored.

  • Leading Healthcare Organizations+

    • This course focuses on healthcare administration, including the management process, descriptions of the managerial functions, managerial roles, motivation, and communication. In addition, this course will provide students with an understanding of leadership and ethics in healthcare administration in the context of the U.S. healthcare system. Codes of professional conduct and ethical policy statements will be reviewed from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Program Electives

ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies requires students to complete their program of study by selecting two elective courses that are of interest to them or meet their career needs. Electives are grouped by areas of focus. Students may choose to take both elective courses from the same focus grouping or may choose to further customize their learning experience by selecting courses from varying focus groups. All electives are four credit hours.

  • Health Services in the US+

    • A Lifespan Approach: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the U.S. healthcare system. Healthcare terminology, concepts, critical issues, and a description of existing delivery systems are presented. This course includes the mission of public health, models of health promotion and disease prevention, and determinants of health and health services utilization. The organization, delivery, financing, payment, and staffing of the U.S. healthcare system are described. Issues of competition, regulation, technology, access, quality, primary care, long-term care, mental health, and bioethics are discussed.

  • Public Health Finance and Policy+

    • This course is an application of policy analysis to the financing of public health in the United States. It examines healthcare from a public policy perspective to understand the underlying social and economic issues that frame the political finance debates.

  • Community-Based Health Care+

    • The development and maintenance of a community-based healthcare model are the focus of this course. Administering programs to sustain and promote a state of healthy well-being in the community and activate community resources are discussed as well as the impact of emerging models of community based healthcare programs.

  • Cultural Change in Geriatrics+

    • Cultural changes have affected the perceptions of aging and its impact on intergenerational relationships. This course examines the impact those cultural changes may have on the future direction of the healthcare industry. HMP 858 Death and Dying, Life and Living: Learners review death, dying, and bereavement. During the exploration of these topics, this course also covers the developmental perspective, legal and moral issues, and current events.

  • Death and Dying, Life and Living+

    • Learners review death, dying, and bereavement. During the exploration of these topics, this course also covers the developmental perspective, legal and moral issues, and current events.

  • Global Health Issues+

    • Global healthcare is an emerging priority for organizations and governments worldwide because of the impact on international economic stability. Technology, research, and the advancement of healthcare interventions have produced improvements in health outcomes for many. Unfortunately, these advancements have also led to inequalities in health status within and between countries. The world is faced with new challenges such as the potential for pandemics, an aging population, a diminishing healthcare workforce, and the stresses of determining resource allocation. This course explores the many facets of global health to expose the student to the complexity of the concepts that impact healthcare in developing and developed countries.

  • Community Health and Social Media+

    • In this course, students will learn about the history and use of multiple types of social media in community health at the local, state, and federal levels. The ethics of using social media, current accepted standards, and best practices in using social media in a community health setting will be covered. Students will practice using multiple forms of social media and create a community health social media campaign.

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