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News Release

Date: 8/11/2006

D.H.Ed. program focuses on problem solving strategies in the work environment

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - ATSU's School of Health Management (ATSU-SHM) received approval from the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer its doctorate in health education (D.H.Ed.) program. The program is specifically designed to develop and train healthcare professionals for both leadership and teaching roles who are highly skilled at academic operations in addition to problem identification and resolution.

Jon Persavich, Ph.D., ATSU-SHM Dean said "this program was developed to provide students with a great deal of flexibility in identifying problem areas within their work environments and design effective solutions to resolve them. Each student is required to complete an integrated applied dissertation as a final project that uses the material covered during their program of study to help resolve a work-related issue."

The first group of students will begin their program of study on August 28th. The next session will start during the winter term. The application deadline for winter term is October, 27, 2006.

To inquire about any of the programs at ATSU-SHM, you can contact a graduate enrollment counselor at (U.S./toll-free) 877.469.2878 or by email at or visit


Home of the world’s first osteopathic medical school, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University is at the forefront of whole person healthcare education. It boasts the nation’s newest – and Arizona’s first – dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, offers online health management training programs through its School of Health Management, and trains healthcare professionals in several allied health fields through the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.