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Master of Public Health Degree Online

Designed for those ready to make a difference in their communities and serve rural and under-represented populations, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at A.T. Still University offers a fully online, comprehensive curriculum aimed at nurturing leaders who are prepared to address society’s healthcare inequities.

Taught by exceptional, doctoral-level faculty at ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), the MPH degree curriculum is founded on current evidence and adheres to the latest public health standards. Additionally, ATSU’s master of public health curriculum aligns with the University’s mission of whole person care as well as public health’s focus on community well-being.

The master of public health program features practical, hands-on coursework, and students can complete the 48-credit hour program in just two years. This experiential approach, grounded in the latest evidence, prepares students to lead healthcare initiatives aimed at tackling society's healthcare challenges. Additionally, students benefit from extensive access to one-on-one interaction with faculty, providing valuable support throughout their studies.

Students of ATSU-CGHS’s online MPH program are uniquely positioned to address public health needs in the communities they live and work in. MPH degree holders fill in-demand roles in health administration and public health services within their own communities, meeting the healthcare needs of neighbors, family and friends
ATSU’s online MPH degree program does not require the GRE for admissions.

CEPH logoATSU-CGHS’ Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). View ATSU’s CEPH self-study for additional information.

ATSU-CGHS' Master of Public Health is ranked #2 in the Best Online Masters in Public Health Degree Programs by Top Masters in Public Health Degrees and are also noted as an "Editors Pick" adding to ATSU’s long-standing reputation for integrity, quality, and leadership in education.

Certificates in public health

If you’re not yet ready to pursue your online master of public health, start with a graduate certificate and build your way to the MPH degree. ATSU-CGHS offers a Certificate in Public Health Workforce Preparedness and a Certificate in Public Health, Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response. Those who go on to complete the full MPH program may transfer in up to 12 credits from the completed certificate.

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Certificates in Public Health

The Public Health Department also offers a Certificate in Public Health Workforce Preparedness and Certificate in Public Health, Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response. These public health certificates are for those who wish to gain knowledge and expertise of these areas. Each certificate contains four courses (12 credits) and can be completed 100 percent online. Those who go on to complete the full MPH may transfer in up to 12 credits from the completed certificate.

See military member benefits for the Certificate in Public Health, Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response.

Program essentials

Overview
Course list
Tuition
Faculty/Staff
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Curriculum
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Career Advancement
Year 1
Year 2
Elective Courses
Other Courses
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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.

Career Advancement

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, from 2019-29 overall employment of public health professionals is predicted to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

Graduates with a master's in public health have many career opportunities:

  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Health Education
  • Director of Community Health Services
  • Health Advocacy/Policy/Research
  • Health Educator
  • Health Education Consultant
  • Health Policy Advisor/Consultant
  • Public Health Information Officer
  • Public Health Project Manager
  • Public Health Management Analyst
  • Epidemiologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Public Health Director
  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Economist
  • Health Commission

Requirements

  1. Application:
    • Completed and signed admissions application along with a nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Academic:

    • An accredited bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Applicants who received their qualifying degree from a university outside the United States will have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.*
    • Official transcript from the qualifying degree-granting institution. For students using VA benefits transcripts for all institutions attended are required.
    • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.
  3. Elements of Success:

    • A current resume
    • Completion of an essay
    • English Proficiency **
    • Meet technology requirements***

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

**Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Studies. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

  • Option 1 - English is your first language.
  • Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year college/university in the United States with a BA/BS or graduate degree.
  • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Accepted test types for CGHS are:
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
  • iBT - minimum total score of 80
  • PBT - minimum total score of 550

The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609. 771.7100. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, 609.771.7100
***ATSU technology requirements

Year 1

  • Introduction to Public Health Concepts +

  • Fundamentals of Research in Public Health +

  • Informatics & Social Media in Public Health +

  • Epidemiology +

  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response +

  • Public Health Policy +

  • Biostatistics +

Year 2

  • Public Health Administration +

  • Identifying Community Health Needs +

  • Environmental Health Sciences +

  • Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Concepts +

  • Public Health Practicum +

Elective Courses

Students also choose two elective courses from the following:
  • Public Health Disparities, Health Equity and Covid-19 +

  • Cannabis Through a Public Health Lens +

  • Grant Writing for Public Health Professionals +

  • Global Health Issues +

Other Courses

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Tuition

Review tuition and fees for the Master of Public Health program. Please note tuition and fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available for qualifying students. For more information visit Enrollment Services or contact them at 660.626.2019 or by email at enrollmentservices@atsu.edu.

Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA
Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA
Assistant Professor
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Jeff Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA, is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis program at A.T. Still University. Dr. Chaffin graduated from the University of Tampa in 1988, and received a doctor of dental surgery from the University of Nebraska in 1992, a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan in 2000, a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006, and a master’s in healthcare administration from Baylor University in 2006. Dr. Chaffin is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health, currently serves as the immediate past president of the American Board of Dental Public Health, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry, a member of the Official Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3), and he holds the Surgeon General’s “A” designator for excellence in Dental Public Health.

Dr. Chaffin spent 21 years on active duty in the US Army serving as the chief of dental for TRICARE. His research interests focused on dental patient satisfaction and military dental readiness. Current research work is focused on dental sealants and factors associated with dental care utilization.

Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH
Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH
Professor
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Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH, is a professor at A.T. Still University College of Graduate MPH program, and an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, in the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Gold received her DDS degree from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992; a doctorate degree in preventive dentistry in 2005; and completed advanced education program in dental public health at NYU Langone Hospitals in NYU in 2019. She brings over 25 years of experience in teaching, research, and practice in dentistry.

Dr. Gold’s research interests include caries management and prevention, oral health promotion, dental education, and dental public health. She has published original research in peer-reviewed journals and presented in several international and national conferences. She is teaching dental epidemiology, evidence-based dentistry, dental research, global health issues, and dental public health, and she serves as an advisor for MPH students and dental public health residents. Dr. Gold is a member of several national and international professional organizations; serves in several national and institutional leadership roles and continue to conduct research and promote and advocate for oral health in underserved populations.

Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI
Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI
Chair and Professor
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Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI, is department chair and associate professor of the Master of Public Health program at A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies.

Dr. McNatt 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 with a minor in chemistry. She is a master certified health education specialist, is certified in public health, and is a certified online instructor.

Dr. McNatt 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, COI from LERN, and is currently taking courses from Quality Matters.

Prior to becoming a full time academic, Dr. McNatt 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. McNatt 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, health equity, 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 Rural Health Associations Government Advisory Council, National Rural Health Association’s Health Equity Board, and serves on the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Education Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Best Practices in Pedagogy subcommittee. She is also a CPH question writer.

Dr. McNatt’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. McNattlives in Texas with family.

Gregory Loeben, PhD, MPH, MA
Gregory Loeben, PhD, MPH, MA
Associate Professor
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Gregory Loeben, PhD, MPH, MA, is an associate professor and the MPH practicum coordinator in A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies. Previously, Dr. Loeben served as an associate professor and coordinator of bioethics at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., where he created and ran a master’s degree program in medical ethics. Prior to Midwestern, he was coordinator of the Outreach Program at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. He received a bachelor’s in both philosophy and environmental studies from the University of Vermont, and a master’s and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Loeben has served as a consultant or advisor on medical ethics issues to numerous healthcare institutions. He is on the board of the Arizona Bioethics Network and serves as a consultant He has an extensive experience in clinical ethics consultations, working with healthcare ethics committees, and research institutional review boards. His current research interests include a variety of issues in public health ethics, clinical ethics consultation, and online ethics education. More specifically, Dr. Loeben is interested in how professional and conscience based refusals to participate in an apparent medical activity should be understood. He is also interested in developing tools to measure the effectiveness of animal therapy programs for special needs populations.

Anneta Bitouni, DDS, MS, MPH
Anneta Bitouni, DDS, MS, MPH
Assistant Professor
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Anneta Bitouni DDS, MS, MPH is an assistant professor at ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies Public Health department also affiliated with Texas A&M University School of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. Dr.Bitouni obtained a DDS from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Dentistry in 2003, a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from TAMU School of Dentistry -then called Baylor, College of Dentistry- in 2006, a MPH with Dental emphasis and a certificate in Dental Public Health from ATSU CGHS in 2016. Dr. Bitouni is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and a member of several national professional organizations.She has also served in leadership positions in the American Association of Dental Research -Dallas section. Dr. Bitouni has been involved in academia teaching and mentoring both undergraduate dental students and public health residents for the last 15 years.

Dr. Bitouni's research interests include developing and sustaining a public health workforce in the state of Texas as well as social determinants of health and their impact on populations' health.

Daniel J. Smith, PhD, MBA
Daniel J. Smith, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor
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Daniel J. Smith, PhD, MBA is an Associate Professor in the College of Graduate Health Studies in the Public Health Department. He has experience teaching online and in-person biostatistics, doctoral research methods, health care administration, statistics, and data analytics courses since 2002 for both public and private institutions. His most recent industry role was Director of Analytics for Bon Secours Mercy Health, in which he reported to the Chief Clinical Officer of one of the largest health care systems in the United States. He has also been an analytics consultant for several large health care organizations and universities, worked as an actuary for a workers’ compensation insurance company, and has also served as the Director of Research Quality and Analytics for a large (>100k students) HLC-accredited institution. Although he has extensive experience in industry, his real passion is serving students in building their knowledge of health care administration and biostatistics. His research interests align with the whole person health care model of ATSU, and he enjoys researching any topic related to improving the “Quadruple Aim.” Daniel has an MBA and PhD from Arizona State University and currently resides in San Diego, California with his wife, who is a bariatric physician, and his three-year-old son, Reznor. He enjoys winter backpacking and mountaineering in the Sierras and spending time at Legoland, Disneyland, and the beach with his family.

Marisa Hastie, EdD, MS, ACSM-EP, PN-1, FACSM
Marisa Hastie, EdD, MS, ACSM-EP, PN-1, FACSM
Dean
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Marisa Hastie, EdD, MS, ACSM-EP, PN-1, FACSM is the Dean of the College of Graduate Health Studies at AT Still University. Dr. Hastie received her doctor of education from George Fox University (2013), her master of science in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in biomechanics from the University of Oregon (2003), and her bachelor of science in exercise science from Gonzaga University (2001). She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a certified Exercise Physiologist.

Prior to joining ATSU, she was a Professor of Exercise Science and Program Chair for the Exercise Science Program at Lasell University (Newton, MA). Dr. Hastie also served as the Faculty Fellow for the Fuss Center for Research on Intergenerational Education and Aging and received the deWitt Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from Lasell University. Dr. Hastie served as Faculty Chair of the University’s governance system.

Dr. Hastie has served in several leadership roles at the regional and national level of the ACSM, which include her current roles on the Professional Education Committee at the national level and as the President-Elect for the New England chapter. Her research interests have included exploring the connection between lifelong physical activity and long-term health outcomes, the relationship between exercise training and cognition, and the effects of discrimination experiences on health-related coping behaviors.

Dr. Hastie has extensive experience in online program development, teaching, and assessment. She developed an online Master of Science in Nutrition for Human Performance program and has 18 years of experience in both synchronous and asynchronous teaching formats. She became an educator because she strongly believes in the development of the whole student as a crucial responsibility of higher education institutions.

Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI
Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI
Professor and Chair
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Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI, is department chair and associate professor of the Master of Public Health program at A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies.

Dr. McNatt 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 with a minor in chemistry. She is a master certified health education specialist, is certified in public health, and is a certified online instructor.

Dr. McNatt 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, COI from LERN, and is currently taking courses from Quality Matters.

Prior to becoming a full time academic, Dr. McNatt 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. McNatt 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, health equity, 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 Rural Health Associations Government Advisory Council, National Rural Health Association’s Health Equity Board, and serves on the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Education Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Best Practices in Pedagogy subcommittee. She is also a CPH question writer.

Dr. McNatt’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. McNattlives in Texas with family.

University Catalog Program guide

Review the University Catalog to learn more about the program and university. Read detailed course descriptions and obtain answers to many of your questions regarding application and tuition.

A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has accredited the Master of Public Health program at ATSU-CGHS for a seven-year term extending to July 1, 2028.

The Public Health Program at A.T. Still University College of Graduate Health Studies is undergoing the re-accreditation process with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The CEPH re-accreditation site review is scheduled for April 30 and May 1, 2028. As part of the accreditation process, CEPH encourages interested parties, including students, alumni, faculty and the practice community, to provide written input that will inform the deliberations of a site visit team. CEPH is accepting written comments about the public health program and its practices, procedures and policies until March 30, 2028.

You may send your written comments to CEPH at:
Zeinab Bazzi, MPH
Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Ave, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Or via email: zbazzi@ceph.org

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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.

Marisa Hastie, EdD, MS, ACSM EP-C, PN-1, FACSM
Dean
Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM
President, ATSU
Clinton Normore, MBA
VP of Diversity & Inclusion

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