Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Online

Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Online

Online Healthcare Degree

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) online Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis (MPH-D) degree through the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) is the first and only program of its kind in the world. The program allows for a seamless integration of dental content within its core MPH curriculum. This best-in-class dental public health degree combines the strengths of both our renowned College of Graduate Health Studies and schools of dentistry for unparalleled depth of resources and expertise that streamlines completion and results in a superior education experience.

ATSU-CGHS’s Master of Public Health degree is ranked in the top 20 programs in the United States by TheBestSchools.org, 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.

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A master’s degree in public health with dental emphasis will prepare students for advanced positions at community health centers, institutes of higher education, non-profit organizations and local, state and national government agencies. This includes dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, or anyone working in the dental industry who is interested in a career in dental public health services and administration.

The master’s degree in dental public health program’s flexibility makes it convenient for even the busiest working professional to pursue an advanced online healthcare degree. You can complete 100% of class work online from home, whenever you want–24 hours a day–and are never required to come to the campus to complete the degree. Online public health degree courses are taught through a combination of the latest virtual teaching methods, such as web-based instruction, video demonstrations, directed readings, scholarly papers, email and chat room interactions among students and faculty members.

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  • Continuing Education +

    • ATSU offers Continuing Education (CE) for MPH and MPH-D faculty, students, and public health workers in the community. If you are interested in continuing education please visit TRAIN.org.

      TRAIN is a nationally developed system of CE programs developed by agencies of the federal government and various universities, and is the nation’s premier learning resource for professionals who protect the public’s health. TRAIN is comprised of the national www.train.org site and participating TRAIN affiliate sites. TRAIN users can access information about state, local, national, or international training available to them through any participating TRAIN site.

  • Accreditation +

    • Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

      A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 800.621.7440.

  • Career Advancement+

    • There are many, diverse career options in both the public and private sectors for graduates who have earned the notable A.T. Still University Public Health Master of Public Health degree with dental emphasis, including:
      • Dental director in a community health center
      • Dental director for a local or state health department
      • Dental hygienist
      • Dental manager in a professional dental organization
      • Dental personnel in a federal health agency
      • Dental faculty in dental or dental hygiene school

      • Dental personnel for an insurance company
      • Epidemiologist
      • Manager in a community-based non-profit
      • Public health administrator
      • Researcher

Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Degree Faculty

The ATSU-College of Graduate Health Studies faculty and staff are dedicated to helping each student succeed along their Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis career path. They comprise an elite team of leaders in their respective fields, with all faculty members holding doctorate degrees. The public health dental degree program offers an exclusive opportunity to learn from the finest educators in the public health field. All coursework is taught by industry leaders, academic innovators, and former top public servants. No teaching assistants are used in any of the courses. Faculty provides support to students in various ways. Communication with online public health degree students includes email, chat, forum postings, and phone. They serve as facilitators and mentors, helping students to meet course objectives, apply key concepts to real-world situations, and develop the skills needed for success in the healthcare industry. Additional support is provided to students through comprehensive student services such as advising and technical support.

  • Dean +

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


        Dr. Altman is the Dean, Interim Chair and Professor 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.

  • Interim Chair +

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


        Dr. Altman is the Dean, Interim Chair and Professor 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).

  • Faculty +

      • Don Altman, DDS, DSHc, MPH, MBA, MA
        Dean, Interim Chair, & Professor
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      • Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA
        Assistant Professor
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      • Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, CGHS
        Associate Professor
      • S.D. Shantinath, DDS, PhD, MPH
        Associate Professor
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  • Adjunct +

      • Denice Curtis, DDS, DHSc, MPH
        Adjunct

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      • Margaret B. Evans, RDH, MS, EdD
        Adjunct

      • Jeanine Tucker, DMD, MPH
        Adjunct

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      • Michael Lazarski, DMD, MPH
        Adjunct

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      • Michael D. McCunniff, DDS, MS
        Adjunct

      • M. Dean Perkins DDS, MPH
        Adjunct

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      • James N. Sutherland, DDS, MPH
        Adjunct

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      • Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD
        Adjunct

Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Degree Admissions

The renowned ATSU-CGHS Master of Public Health degree – Dental Emphasis program will admit public health professionals who have diverse graduate education, work history and life experiences. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated 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 +

    • The highly-respected master of public health degree with dental emphasis program prepares participants to be leaders in the field of public health and apply their knowledge to public health issues in the dental profession. Candidates applying for admission must have the following:

      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.
  • Financial Aid+

    • Investing in your future as a student is one of the most important steps you will take in your life. ATSU can help you put together a financially-sound aid package that will let you focus on getting an exceptional education instead of worrying about how you will finance it.

      Students must be registered at least half-time to receive financial aid. Half time is defined as taking five credits each quarter. Financial Aid is available to students who are simultaneously enrolled at KCOM or ASHS. Contact the Student Financial Services at 866-626-2878, ext. 2529 for more information. All students receiving financial aid, whether through Student Financial Services or other institutions, must notify our office of their status.

    • THE 9 STEPS REQUIRED FOR A STUDENT TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

      The student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) or a Renewal FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov and following the instructions on the website. ATSU’s school code is G02477.
      The Central Processing System (CPS) performs matches and edits, calculates a student contribution, and sends the data back to the processor.
      ATSU receives the information electronically (ISIR) within three to five business days.
      The student looks over the Student Aid Report (SAR) and, if accurate, keeps it for his/her records. If any corrections are needed, the student contacts the Financial Assistance Office.
      Student Financial Services performs verification and then sends an electronic award letter to the student’s ATSU email address, along with instructions for completing the loan applications and other required forms.

      The student accepts, refuses, or modifies the award letter and submits all required forms to the Financial Assistance Office.
      Student Financial Services looks over the required forms and transmits the loan data to Sallie Mae
      The lender wires the funds by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the school or sends the institution a loan check.
      If by EFT, all funds will be applied to the student’s account. The refund will be directly deposited to the student’s bank account if so desired by the student and proper documentation is on file.

      Eligibility for Financial Assistance

      Eligibility or unmet financial need is determined by subtracting a student’s expected contribution from the student budget. The student’s expected contribution is listed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) and is based on the student’s financial strength. Students may choose to receive financial assistance up to their unmet financial need. For example, if a student’s budget is $9,000 and the expected contribution is $5,000, the student’s unmet financial need is $4,000. The student may receive financial aid through scholarships, loans, etc., to arrive at this figure. (Note: Students may use the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan or any private loan to replace their expected contribution.) Every effort will be made to meet the student’s need, but in some instances, the student may have to rely on other outside resources. It is of critical importance to be creditworthy, as most private loans require a credit check.

      Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Financial Aid

      According to the United States Department of Education regulations, (34CRF 668/16 and 668.34 and October 29, 2010 Final Federal Register), all students receiving federal financial assistance must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Student Financial Services will review the academic progress of financial aid recipients after each payment period. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is measured in terms of qualitative and quantitative standards.

      Qualitative Measure

      The qualitative measure of a student’s progress is measured by cumulative grade point average. The minimum cumulative GPA students must maintain for financial aid is as follows:

      Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average at A.T. Still University
      3.00 for all programs on 4.0 scale
      70% for all programs on 100% scale

      Quantitative Measure

      Maximum Time Frame

      Financial aid recipients must complete an educational program within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. All attempted withdrawn, failed, repeated, and/or transferred credits that apply to a student’s program count toward this maximum time limit. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 credit hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 x 150% = 180). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 x 150% = 7650).

      Pace of Progression

      Pace of progression is required to ensure students complete within a maximum time frame and that the pace is measured at each standard review time. Financial aid recipients must maintain a 67% minimum completion rate for attempted credit hours or contact hours. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 divided by 180 = 67%). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 divided by 7650 = 67%).

      Dropped, failed, and remedial courses for which no credit is received do not count towards credit hours earned. Credit hours for a course are earned by completing and passing the class.

      Financial Aid Warning

      Failure to meet the minimum academic progress requirements will result in a student being issued a financial aid warning. Students issued a financial aid warning will have one payment period to correct a progress problem due to qualitative or quantitative standards. Students will be notified of their status in writing via ATSU email. Students issued a financial aid warning will have an opportunity to file an appeal to request financial aid probation prior to the upcoming standard review time, which is at the end of each payment period.

      Financial Aid Probation

      If a student appeals their financial aid probation status and the appeal is approved, that student is put on financial aid probation for one payment period. Students may receive federal financial aid while on financial aid probation if he/she meets the terms of his/her appeal decision. If a student fails to meet SAP standards during the term of financial aid probation, he/she may request an additional appeal.

      Financial Aid Suspension

      Students who fail to meet the requirements of the financial aid warning or do not appeal their financial aid probation status are placed on financial aid suspension and are not eligible for federal financial aid. These students will receive written notification to their ATSU email account of their failure to comply and that future federal aid will be canceled.

      Appeal Procedure

      Students who have been issued a financial aid warning may submit a written appeal for reinstatement of eligibility prior to the start of the next payment period. Occasionally, extenuating circumstances contribute to their inability to meet the requirements for satisfactory progress. Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Death of an immediate family member
      • Severe injury or illness of the student or an immediate family member
      • Emergency situations such as fire or flood
      • Legal separation from spouse or divorce
      • Military reassignment or required job transfers or shift changes

      Students whose appeal is denied must establish eligibility by completing courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at ATSU until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard before any additional federal aid will be disbursed.

      Students who have extenuating circumstances may appeal using the following procedure:

      • Submit a completed Appeal form. Student will be notified if additional supporting documentation is required.
      • Appeal packet is presented to the SAP Committee for consideration.
      • Student is notified via email of the SAP Committee’s decision and recommendations.
      Reinstatement

      Federal financial aid may be reinstated when one of the following conditions has been met:

      The student completes courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at ATSU until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard.

      - OR -

      The student files an appeal and the SAP Committee approves the appeal. It is the student’s responsibility to notify Student Financial Services when reinstatement conditions have been met.

      Enrollment Status Policy

      Full-time enrollment definition

      Students enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine are always defined as full-time.

      Full-time enrollment requires enrollment in a minimum of nine (9) quarter credit hours, or six (6) semester hours.

      Half-time enrollment definition

      Half-time enrollment is defined by enrollment in a minimum of five (5) quarter credit hours or three (3) semester hours.

      Enrollment Status Definitions 1 Quarter Credit = .67 semester credit
      Program Minimum # of Credit Hours Minimum # of Credit Hours
      Full-Time Half-Time
      Osteopathic Medicine and Dental Enrollment is always full-time
      All other programs 9/quarter, 6/semester 5/quarter, 3/semester

      Student Budget Determination

      The student expense budget is determined each year by the Director of Student Financial Services. Every effort is made to ensure that allowances in each category are realistic and fair. Although the Director of Student Financial Services determines the average student budget, students having credit history difficulties may not be able to borrow the full budgeted amount due to the private loans being based on creditworthiness.

      Verification

      Verification is the process by which Student Financial Services checks the accuracy of the information submitted by the student when applying for federal financial aid. It is intended to reduce errors in the financial information that students submit so eligible applicants can receive the correct amount of financial assistance.

      ATSU will verify all applicants who are selected for verification from the federally approved edits. If selected, students will need to submit a signed copy of their federal income tax return from the prior calendar year along with a verification worksheet. ATSU will compare the tax return and the verification worksheet to the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to verify required items. Financial aid will not be awarded until the verification is complete.

      Special Conditions

      Professional judgment allows the Director and Assistant Director the flexibility to handle individual students with extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. This authority is clearly stated in the regulations and is used as needed. The adjustments may be made in the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, or satisfactory academic progress.

      Although every effort is made to meet a student’s financial need, financial assistance is not an entitlement and, in some instances, not all of a student’s need will be met.

      Financial Planning

      Setting Goals

      Financing your education is an investment in your future. As a major investment, it should be entered into with conscientious planning. Setting goals and establishing a game plan are essential in order to minimize your debt.

      A simple financial plan begins with the establishment of a long-term goal. As you plan your strategies to reach this end, keep in mind that your short- and mid-term goals should be consistent with and built upon this long-term goal. To help keep you on track, it is important to develop a budget.

      A budget lists all sources of income, as well as all estimated expenditures. To make a budget work for you, keep the following points in mind:

      Have a written plan
      Set realistic goals
      Establish priorities
      Keep expenditures below income
      Stick to your game plan

      It is important for you to determine your needs so that you will borrow only the amount necessary, rather than the amount for which you are eligible. In the end, you may pay back 2-3 times the amount you borrowed. Therefore, the less debt you accrue in school, the more financially secure you will be later.

      Tuition

      For online programs, tuition is due 14 calendar days prior to the first day of class. For programs with payment per credit or course, the tuition covers the payment for the coming quarter. For programs that have payment per program, payment in full is due prior to the start of the program or per their admissions agreement on a quarterly payment schedule. The Controller’s Office will receive tuition payments and make refunds as necessary. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1 1/2% per month, which is 18% per year.

      Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Policy

      The Department of Education is encouraging and, at times, requiring educational institutions to become paperless. Therefore, funds received through federal and private loans will normally be transferred electronically to a student’s account at ATSU. Students will receive a receipt itemizing the type of loan and amount credited to their account at the institution. Funds electronically transferred above what is owed for tuition and fees will promptly be refunded to the student by check or deposited directly to the student’s bank account. (Students that have lenders that do not wire money to ATSU will receive their financial aid through a co-payable check.) Generally, funds are available when tuition is due.

      Direct Deposit

      Many banks in states outside of Missouri make students wait 10 business days to tap their loan funds when deposited by check. Therefore, we require all students to use direct deposit where ATSU wires money to the student’s bank account. This way, the money is available on the day it is wired to the bank.

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

      Username: MPHDEdemo
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Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Curriculum Overview

ATSU-CGHS’s Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis curriculum sets the standard for comprehensive dental public health training using evidence-based dentistry and best practices to develop leaders who are fully prepared to address society’s dental public health issues.

Courses

  • Introduction to Dental Public Health+

    • This course is a comprehensive introduction to public health and dental public health within the context of the U.S. healthcare system. Course content includes basic organizational arrangements of health services in the United States; the concept of public health, its problems in the context of social and community factors, its development from a historical perspective, and the role and mission of public health organizations, science, philosophy, and practice of dental public health.

  • Practical Dental Research, Planning, and Design+

    • Students develop and implement a dental public health research project, enhancing their skills related to search strategies, problem statements, literature review, protocol preparation, and how they relate to their research projects.

  • Professionalism and Ethics in Dental Public Health+

    • This course looks at how to apply ethical principles to dental public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. It describes the legal and ethical bases for dental public health and dental services.

  • Behavior Sciences and Educational Concepts+

    • An overview of the theoretical model and research methodologies used in health education research/programs is provided. This course explores the integration of culture, language, and literacy when designing, implementing, and evaluating dental public health programs.

  • Biostatistics for Dental Research+

    • Key statistical tools and concepts used by managers in dental public health are examined. Concepts covered include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

  • Financing Dental Care+

    • This course examines the various ways in which dental care is financed, including mechanisms of payment for providers, third-party plans, salaried and public-financed programs, and federal systems such as Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Public Health Biology+

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

  • Dental Epidemiology+

    • General principles of epidemiology, including research methods, study designs, sampling, data analysis, interpretation of data, and application of findings to dental public health policy, are explained. This course closely examines distribution and determinants of oral disease such as caries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer.

  • Community-Based Programs A+

    • This course looks at various community-based programs and how best to develop, implement, and evaluate these programs as well as financing these programs. Students work with a local organization/institution/agency to develop a comprehensive oral health plan for a community.

  • Community-Based Programs B+

    • This course looks at various community-based programs and how best to develop, implement, and evaluate these programs as well as financing these programs. Students work with a local organization/institution/agency to develop a comprehensive oral health plan for a community.

  • Environmental Health Sciences+

    • This course introduces ecology and ecological principles and examines 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.

  • Dental Healthcare Policy and Management+

    • This course focuses on the application of general management concepts including management process, descriptions of management functions, managerial roles, and organizational culture. It includes practical aspects of planning, staffing, financing, implanting, evaluating, and communicating dental public health programs at the local, state, and federal levels. A practical look at dental public health policy-making and how best to translate policy into practice is provided.

  • Public Health Practicum+

    • 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 is required. This is an eight-quarter credit hour practicum requiring 240 contact hours in a supervised public health environment. (8 credit hours)

Program Electives

A.T. Still University’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 courses from within the same focus grouping, or may choose to further customize their learning experience by selecting courses from varying focus groups.

Health Program Planning

  • Community Health Improvement Planning+

    • This course will focus on evidence-based decision making in health improvement planning. The Guide to Community Preventive Services and the Community Health Resources database will be integral to the course. Students will learn how to identify the current health policies and systems in place in the community; how to develop a community action plan to improve the policies and environment to form safe and healthy communities; and how to identify and involve stakeholders in the process.

  • 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 impor- tant 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.

  • Evaluation of Community Health Services+

    • Evaluation of health promotion programs in a variety of settings serve as a guide for the development and evaluation of health pro- motion programs that give students an opportunity for practical application in their work environment. Analysis and evaluation of a health program and its success after implemen- tation are the focus of this course.

  • Health Services in the US: A Lifespan Approach+

    • This course provides a comprehen- sive 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 de- terminants 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.

Health Policy

  • 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.

  • International Health Policy+

    • This program provides an overview of international public health issues with an emphasis on economically less developed countries in the areas of diseases, programs, health systems, and health policies and the various approaches nations adopt to deal with them. It explores the public health problems facing low- and middle- income countries today and identifies their three greatest global challenges: reproductive health, infectious disease, and nutrition.

  • Public Health History+

    • This course examines the health of human populations from a historical perspective and will investigate the science of improving human health. Case studies are provided that will focus on the roots of contemporary public health knowledge and health policy. Topics include responses to epidemics, racial and economic disparities in healthcare services, the development of policy infrastructures, and global health.

Geriatric Health

  • Community Based Healthcare+

    • 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.

  • 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.

Leadership Development and the Role of Coaching

  • An Introduction to Professional Coaching: Skills, Knowledge, and Ethics for Leaders+

    • Students learn what coaching is and is not, the construct of an elective coaching alliance, the use of intuition, listening, and powerful inquiry in moving through resistance to engendering goal attainment and accountability. Students will also understand the ethics of coaching. In addition to traditional discussion forums and papers, coaching practice as part of exercises is expected, and a live oral coaching experience with the instructor is required. The objective is for students to have coach-like skills to use in leadership and management situations to improve collaboration, connection, and community within or outside a public health organization.

  • Leadership, Coaching, and Interpersonal Communication Skills+

    • This course provides the student with an understanding of personal behavioral and communication styles and how to apply the principles of leadership and management coaching in a public health organization. The skills learned will improve active listening and dialogue that is elective in any situation. Students are provided the opportunity to review real-life coaching situations in leadership, develop a life purpose journal, and their own coaching journal.

Global Health

  • 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.

Human Resources

  • Human Resource Management+

    • This course provides an overview of human resource management practices in healthcare organizations. The critical role that leaders play in the hiring, supervision, motivation, evaluation, and overall management of staff members within their organizations is the focus of this course. Students are introduced to the functions of the human resource department, while more in-depth emphasis is placed on understanding how managers in general can foster creative problem solving, collaboration, conflict resolution, empowerment, and teamwork, while maintaining a fair and productive working environment.

Community Health

  • 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.

  • Public 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.

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INNOVATING WHOLE PERSON HEALTHCARE

Community Health Center

Waianae, Hawaii

As a leading provider of quality healthcare for area residents, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center also provides community employment and health education. More than 80% of the staff are local residents, and many were trained at the affiliated Waianae Health Academy. Find out more.

SPONSOR A CAUSE

From public health centers located in communities where services are needed most, to research and other leading edge whole person healthcare initiatives, you can create your own legacy by contributing to the specific cause that moves you most. Find out more.

DONATE TO THE MISSION

When you give to A.T. Still University, you're not only supporting whole person healthcare education, you're also helping deliver it to where the care is needed most. Through our legacy program, we send students to underserved communities nationwide and conduct healthcare clinics at the university on occasion. Find out more.

WHOLE PERSON HEALTHCARE

Whole person healthcare takes an integrated approach that addresses body, mind and spirit as one. Students are encouraged to participate in wellness programs and study areas including nutrition and psychology to gain a more comprehensive understanding. Find out more.

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Let your light shine at A.T. Still University. Combining leading-edge whole person healthcare with a commitment to serving those communities where needs are greatest, we provide students the opportunity to truly excel as doctors, dentists, healthcare providers and healthcare leaders. Apply now; click here.