Learn more button

Doctor of Health Education Degree Online

Doctor of Health Education Degree Online

Doctor of Health Education Degree Online

GI Partner - Military friendly logo
Healthcare Education Degree Online

The Doctor of Health Education program at A.T. Still University (ATSU) focuses specifically on developing health professions educators. Unique in its class, this online program is designed for practicing clinicians, healthcare educators, leaders, and directors who desire to pursue their passion to teach.

Read More

A prestigious doctorate in health education earned online will help position 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.

Through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), the doctorate in health education is a 55 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.

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.

ATSU’s online health education degree provides invaluable flexibility, and faculty support and guidance to advance your career without interruption and maintain 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.

Close

Video icon Related Videos

  • College of Graduate Health Studies, ATSU | Don Altman, Dean
  • Athletic Training Program, ATSU | Dr. Craig Phelps, President
  • Diversity at A.T. Still University
  • Career Advancement+

    • Potential advanced career outcomes for graduates who hold the doctor of health education 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 Health Education Degree Faculty

The Doctor of Health Education program offers a challenging educational experience that enables intellectual and professional advancement. The ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS) faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of the health education degree student. Comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring, technical support, and career services.

ATSU-CGHS instructors have diverse academic and professional backgrounds in public health and health education, and all hold doctorate degrees. Their academic areas of interest include community health, health literacy, child and adolescent health, college health, environmental health, rural health, microbiology, epidemiology, parasitology, emerging pathogens and infectious disease, program evaluation, factors affecting health behavior, allied health and health sciences education, professional education of health educators, online learning and innovative teaching methodologies.

  • Dean +

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

        LinkedIn icon

        Dr. Don Altman 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).

        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.

  • Associate Dean +

      • Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE<br />Associate Dean of Academic Success and Assessment Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE
        Associate Dean of Academic Success and Assessment

        LinkedIn icon

        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 +

      • Erin Breitenbach, PhD<br />Chair Erin Breitenbach, PhD
        Chair

        LinkedIn icon

        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.

  • Faculty +

      • Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, MCHES Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, MCHES
        Professor
        Read Bio LinkedIn icon
      • Colleen Halupa, EdD Colleen Halupa, EdD
        Associate Professor
        Read Bio LinkedIn icon
      • Donna Allen, PhD, CHES, FAWHP Donna Allen, PhD, CHES, FAWHP
        Assssociate Professor
        Read Bio LinkedIn icon
      • Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES
        Assistant Professor
        Read Bio LinkedIn icon
      • Candace Ayars, PhD Candace Ayars, PhD
        Assistant Professor
        Read Bio LinkedIn icon
      • Lynda Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, CGHS Lynda Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, CGHS
        Associate Professor
        Read Bio LinkedIn icon
      • Meg Sheppard, PhD, CHES Meg Sheppard, PhD, CHES
        Assistant Professor
        Read Bio LinkedIn icon

Doctor of Health Education Degree Admissions

ATSU’s Doctor of Health Education online program will admit professionals who have a Master’s or Doctor’s degree.

Health education 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.

Advisers understand students’ life balance challenges and provide the individualized guidance needed to achieve academic growth.

  • Requirements +

    • The highly-respected health education doctorate 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. Technology requirements as outlined here.

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

  • Tuition+

    • Tuition ................................................. $671 per credit hour*
      Technology and Resource Fee….......... $300 per block*
      Application fee….................................. $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.

The Family and Culture


Professor engaging and teaching Doctor of Health Education students. Image of three smiling new ATSU graduates in their white coats Image of two ATSU students with unidentified woman in ATSU clinic. Image of xray tech demonstrating machine to ATSU students Image of ATSU audiology professor demonstrating proper patient ear exam to ATSU audiology students Image of ATSU kinesiology professor demonstrating ankle supination for kinesiology student Image of ATSU student doctor talking to a little boy patient who is holding a Teddy Bear. Image of ASDOH student training on dental model Image of ATSU athletic trainer examining fellow student patient

 

  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • ATSU blackboard demo.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: DHEdemo
      Password: cghsguest


      Connect Now

Doctor of Health Education Curriculum Overview

ATSU’s Doctor of Health Education program empowers students with the most updated curriculum designed for relevance and immediate impact in the industry. The curriculum complements ATSU’s mission of 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 educators in the world.

Health education degree courses are conducted through virtual teaching methods, such as web-based instruction, video demonstrations, directed readings, and e-mail and online discussions with faculty. Curriculum design is mission-driven and context-based, and student learning is monitored through authentic embedded assessments.

About the DHEd Program & Doctoral Research Project (DRP)

  • Career options for DHEd graduates may 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

  • A student’s doctoral research project (DRP) trains students in the application of research to professional
    practice. The DRP consists of five courses taken after the completion of the core courses.

  • The DHEd program of study is 2 ½ years in length. The first 1 ¼ years in the program is spent taking core courses, followed by another 1 ¼ years taking the DRP series of courses. A total of 10 core courses and five DRP courses are taken. The maximum allowable time to complete the program is seven years.

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.

  • Transformative Leadership and Ethics+

    • 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.

  • Cultural Competence and Multicultural Education+

    • 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.

  • Technology and Educational Transformation+

    • 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.

  • Finance and Budgeting*+

    • 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, reallocations concepts, and downsizing.

  • Healthcare Economics and Financial Management*+

    • Students will use key financial and economic principles to examine executive level decisions relative to capitalization, credit ratings, debt capacity, alternate funding sources, business plan development, and overall organizational finance strategy. The concepts will be considered from both non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizational perspectives.

  • Quantitative Research+

    • 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.

  • Innovative Teaching Strategies in the Health Professions+

    • 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.​

  • Qualitative Research+

    • 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.

  • Doctoral Research Project+

    • Proposal Preparation for DRP 5 credits

      Literature Review for DRP 5 credits

      Research Design for DRP 5 credits

      Data Analysis for DRP 5 credits

      Publication of DRP 5 credits

      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.

  • Instructional Design and Program Planning+

    • 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.

  • Student Assessment+

    • 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, competency-based, and transformative assessments that provide them with critical thinking and career-specific skills to facilitate training and education in the workplace.

  • Educational Program Evaluation+

    • 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.

Learn More

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.

STAY CONNECTED

Keep up with the latest developments in whole person healthcare at A.T. Still University with our complimentary newsletter and other publications. From scholarly inquiry and research to alumni activities and more. Sign up today.

APPLY NOW

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.