Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Online

Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Online

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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.

CEPH logoThe Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis 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.

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 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 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 +

    • 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 - Dental Emphasis program at ATSU-CGHS for a five-year term extending to July 1, 2020.

  • 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 is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health, currently serves as the president of the American Board of Dental Public 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 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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      • Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA
        Assistant Professor
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      • Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, CGHS
        Associate Professor
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      • S.D. Shantinath, DDS, PhD, MPH
        Associate Professor
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  • Adjunct +

      • Denice Curtis, DDS, DHSc, MPH

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      • Margaret B. Evans, RDH, MS, EdD

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      • Jeanine Tucker, DMD, MPH

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      • Michael Lazarski, DMD, MPH

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      • Michael D. McCunniff, DDS, MS

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      • M. Dean Perkins DDS, MPH

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      • Rebecca Holt, MHA, MEd, EdS

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      • Scott Rankin, DDS, MS

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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.

      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
  • Tuition+

    • Application Fee: $70
      Tuition: $478 per credit hour (2015-2016 school year)
      Technology Fee: $150 per quarter
      Note: All fees and tuition are subject to change.
      All courses are four credit hours with the exception of the Practicum which is eight credit hours. There are additional fees for books.

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Learning Master of Public Health with Dental Emphasis


  • 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: MPHDEdemo
      Password: cghsguest

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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.


  • 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.

  • 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 - Development+

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Health Services in the U.S.+

    • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Managing Human Resources+

    • The focus of this course is the hiring, supervision, motivation, evaluation, and overall management of staff members in healthcare organizations. Students also are introduced to the various ways people behave in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on understanding how healthcare managers can foster creative problem solving, collaboration, conflict resolution, empowerment, and teamwork, while maintaining a fair and productive working environment.

  • 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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