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Doctor of Education in Health Professions

Doctor of Education in Health Professions

Doctor of Education in Health Professions

Doctor of Education in Health Professions

The Doctor of Education in Health Professions (EdD) program at A.T. Still University (ATSU) focuses specifically on developing health professions educators. Unique in its class, this online program involves practical experience-based teaching rather than research-based teaching. This prestigious health professions degree is designed for practicing clinicians, healthcare educators, leaders, and directors who desire to pursue their passion to teach.

With the nation’s healthcare focus shifting toward preventive care and education, there is an increasing demand for qualified health educators that ATSU graduates can help fill, with growth projected to rise 21% by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), the EdD in Health Professions is a 74-84 credit-hour program that’s 100 percent online. No residency is required, saving travel time and expense. This online health education degree program is a true value, offering an anytime/anywhere model that frees students to work at the ideal pace for them, from a minimum of one course per term.

Positioning students for superior career success, the healthcare education curriculum focuses on teaching health professionals how to educate others on their individual roles and responsibilities within healthcare delivery. Sharing their knowledge and experiences with others, graduates with this highly respected health education degree excel as leaders in the rapidly expanding field of health professions education.

The comprehensive Doctoral Research Project (DRP) process provides students a manuscript that can be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication upon course completion. The DRP gives students a critical edge in networking and the opportunity to be published, thanks to faculty support and guidance.

This online health education degree provides invaluable flexibility with diligent faculty support and guidance to advance your career without interruption while maintaining a balance with work and family – support that includes direct access to the program chair.

The ATSU-CGHS curriculum and teaching methodology are unique, shaped by a dedicated health sciences university that, for more than 120 years, has devoted its mission to teaching, inspiring, and supporting healthcare professionals in their practice.

That dedication is infused throughout all six of ATSU’s prestigious schools: a college of graduate health studies, two medical schools, two dental schools, and a school of health sciences.

Learn more about how this curriculum makes a difference in helping students advance their knowledge and deepen their impact in the world.

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  • Career Advancement+

    • Potential advanced career outcomes for graduates who hold the doctor of education in health professions degree include:

      • Professor at a college or university in a multitude of health professions
      • Director of health education department or program
      • Director of community health services
      • Health professions clinical educator

Doctor of Education in Health Professions Degree Faculty

The ATSU-CGHS faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of each health professions degree student. All ATSU-CGHS instructors hold doctorate degrees, with diverse academic and professional backgrounds in education, public health and health education.

Their academic areas of interest include curriculum and instruction, adult education, health professions education, health literacy, community health, health behavior, college health, child and adolescent health, rural health, environmental health, parasitology, microbiology, epidemiology, emerging pathogens and infectious disease, program evaluation, professional education of health educators, allied health and health sciences education, online learning, and innovative teaching methodologies.

Offering a challenging educational experience, the Doctor of Education in Health Professions program enables professional and intellectual advancement with the resources that support you throughout your journey. Comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring, technical support, and career services.

  • Dean +

      • Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA,<br />Dean Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA,
        Dean

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        Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, is the Dean of the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) at A.T. Still University (ATSU). He also serves as director of public health at ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). Dr. Altman has been with ATSU since October 2006.

        Dr. Altman graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch (DDS) in 1983. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1989 and became Board Certified in Dental Public Health in 1999. Dr. Altman completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix (2002) and a MA in Bioethics from Midwestern University (2004). He graduated with a Doctor in Health Science (DHSc) degree in March 2012 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU-ASHS) and his EdD from Southern New Hampshire University in March 2016.

        Dr. Altman has worked for The City of Houston, the State of Texas, the State of Arizona, as well as The Principal Financial Group. Dr. Altman’s public health experience includes: serving as President of the Arizona State Board Dental Examiners; serving as President of the Arizona Public Health Association; volunteering with Health Volunteers Overseas (Cambodia and Vietnam); Director of the National Oral Health Leadership Institute; and serving as the Consumer Representative to the Dental Products Panel for the Food and Drug Administration. On May 1, 2012 he was appointed as a Director to The American Board of Dental Public Health and is currently the president.

        Dr. Altman’s research interests are currently centered on public health and higher education. He has published articles in the Journal of Dental Education, Journal of the American Dental Association, Public Health Reports, Special Care in Dentistry, and Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

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      • Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE<br />Associate Dean Academics and Assessment Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE
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        Dr. Adler is the Associate Dean Academics and Assessment 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.

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      • Erin Breitenbach, PhD<br />Chair Erin Breitenbach, PhD
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        Dr. Erin Breitenbach is Program Chair of the Health Education program at ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies. She holds a BA in Kinesiology (1991), an MA in Health Education (1996), and a PhD (1998) in health education from The University of Texas at Austin. After several years conducting health education research, Dr. Breitenbach spent time managing oncology clinical research before returning to health education as a public health instructor for ATSU.

        Dr. Breitenbach’s research interests include cancer screening in Hispanic women, school nutrition behaviors, and developing collaborative partnerships among institutions of higher learning, state-level organizations, and local school districts to improve comprehensive school health education.

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      • Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, MCHES Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, MCHES
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      • Colleen Halupa, EdD Colleen Halupa, EdD
        Associate Professor
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      • Donna Allen, PhD, CHES, FAWHP Donna Allen, PhD, CHES, FAWHP
        Assssociate Professor
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      • Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES
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      • Candace Ayars, PhD Candace Ayars, PhD
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      • Lynda Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, CGHS Lynda Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, CGHS
        Associate Professor
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      • Meg Sheppard, PhD, CHES Meg Sheppard, PhD, CHES
        Assistant Professor
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Doctor of Education in Health Professions Degree Admissions

ATSU’s Doctor of Education in Health Professions online program will admit professionals who have a master’s or doctorate degree.

EdD in Health Professions degree 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.

  • Requirements +

    • The highly-respected EdD in Health Professions degree program prepares individuals to be leaders in the field of public health. Candidates applying for admission must have the following:

      1. Master’s degree or higher from an accredited university recognized by the Council for Higher Education.
      2. Completed admissions application.
      3. Official transcript from 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 2.5 (4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution. 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.
      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. Students who have graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States are exempt from this requirement. 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. Completion of background check, using a vendor selected by ATSU. CGHS requires criminal
        background checks on students 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 a University Official.

      10. Review technology requirements.

      For additional information contact an Enrollment Counselor at 877.626.5577 or cghsonlineadmissions@atsu.edu.

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    • Tuition Technology and Resource Fee Application Fee
      $671 per credit hour* $300 per semester* $70, non-refundable* (not covered by financial aid)

      Tuition is charged per course. Tuition is to be paid in full (or all financial aid award letter steps completed for the appropriate term, or an appropriate payment plan selected) 14 days prior to the first day of classes. Students are responsible for the purchase of their Internet service fees and computer hardware and software fees.

      Contact your admissions representative at 877.626.5577 or cghsonlineadmissions@atsu.edu for more information.

      *All fees are subject to change.

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  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • An iPad logging into ATSU's app with an open book displayed in the backgroundATSU 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: EdDdemo
      Password: cghsguest


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Doctor of Education in Health Professions Curriculum Overview

Students in ATSU’s EdD in Health Professions program are empowered with the most updated curriculum designed for relevance and immediate impact in the industry. Curriculum design is context-based and mission-driven.

Health education degree courses are conducted through virtual teaching methods, such as web-based instruction, video demonstrations, directed readings, and email and online discussions with faculty. Student learning is monitored through authentic embedded assessments.

The curriculum complements ATSU’s mission, encouraging its constituencies to become leaders in improving community health and wellness with a comprehensive appreciation of the whole individual while helping to create the best health professions educators in the world.

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, course durations, and related information are subject to change. All courses are three credit hours, unless otherwise specified.

*Students take either Finance and Budgeting (focused on institutions of higher education) or Healthcare Economics and Financial Budgeting (focused on healthcare organizations), depending on their area of interest.

  • Cultural Competence and Multicultural Education – EDUC7300+

    • Students examine the influence of diversity, culture, ethnic origin, and societal change on educational and health care institutions. Students will learn how to teach and lead in the continuously changing global environment. Students explore how language, gender, race, tradition, education, economic structure, societal transitions, and global events affect how educational and organizational philosophies are developed. In addition, this course will concentrate on multicultural teaching and learning

  • Educational Program Evaluation – EDUC8900+

    • Students will be introduced to educational program assessment and evaluation. Topics include meeting health programmatic accreditation requirements, creating academic institutional effectiveness plans, program creation and revision, curricular evaluation, and strategic program assessment at the college and university level. Other topics discussed include evaluating certification and licensure pass rates, retention and attrition statistics, and integrating advisory board guidance into educational programs.

  • Finance and Budgeting* – EDUC7700+

    • Students will examine financial concepts and theories that influence the budgets of higher education institutions. Topics include potential revenue sources, budgeting techniques, effect of legislative action on budgets of higher education institutions, cost sharing concepts, reallocation concepts, and downsizing.

      *Students may take Healthcare Economics and Financial Management – DHAD8200 which focuses on finance and budgeting for health care organizations instead of higher education institutions if they prefer; however, they must notify their Academic Advisor before they begin their program since this may alter their academic degree plan.

  • Innovative Teaching Strategies in the Health Professions – EDUC8100+

    • Students will learn about traditional and emerging learning theories in pedagogy and andragogy. Topics discussed include student-centered learning, heutagogy, Pedagogy 2.0 and 3.0, problem-based learning, and transformative learning. Emphasis will be placed on teaching and learning in the face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments.

  • Instructional Design and Program Planning – EDUC8500+

    • Students will examine the use of a systematic process-based on learning theory to plan, design, and implement effective instruction for health professions education. Students will use educational taxonomies for the creation of instructional objectives for traditional and competency-based programs, and they will learn techniques for mapping curriculum.

  • Qualitative Research – EDUC8300+

    • Students will develop a theoretical framework for qualitative research. Topics include how to conduct various types of qualitative research projects through interviews, observations, and open-ended data, as well as how to analyze and report results. Students will conduct, analyze, and report qualitative data.

  • Quantitative Research – EDUC7900+

    • Students will be provided with an overview of the types of quantitative designs and statistical techniques. Students will learn about descriptive statistics; sampling techniques; statistical inference, including the null hypothesis, significance tests, and confidence intervals; and causal-comparative analyses, including t-test and ANOVA. Students will be required to do hands-on activities, and interpretation of data will be emphasized.

  • Technology and Educational Transformation – EDUC7500+

    • Students will examine how technology has transformed health care and educational environments. Topics include how to integrate technology into instructional design and how to evaluate the effectiveness of technology. Copyright, fair use, and the Teach Act will be discussed, and students will have the opportunity to experiment with some of the latest technology tools.

  • Transformative Leadership and Ethics – EDUC7100+

    • Students will be provided an introduction to the organization and governance of health care organizations, colleges, and universities. Faculty, academic and administrative contexts, and organizational cultures within which students may be employed will be explored. Topics discussed include organizational theory, employee evaluation, ethics, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation.

  • Student Assessment – EDUC8700+

    • Students will learn how to create authentic assessments within a health curriculum. Best practices in assessment will be discussed, and students will create problem-based, competencybased, and transformative assessments that provide them with critical thinking and career-specific skills to facilitate training and education in the workplace.

  • Doctoral Research Project Courses+

    • The Doctoral Research Project (DRP) consists of five 5-hour courses that develop a research project from the stages of proposal to dissemination. The research project is a research based effort in an area chosen by the student. The goal of the DRP is to advance practical knowledge in health professions education based on research and analysis. Each student will be assigned a faculty member to approve the project and provide mentorship and supervision throughout the process.

      1. Proposal Preparation for DRP – EDUC9600 – 5 credit hours
      2. Literature Review for DRP – EDUC9610 – 5 credit hours
      3. Research Design for DRP – EDUC9620 – 5 credit hours
      4. Data Analysis for DRP – EDUC9630 – 5 credit hours
      5. Publication for DRP – EDUC9640 – 5 credit hours
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