Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Online
Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Online
Fundamentals of Education Certificate
Through the A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), prestigious Doctor of Health Sciences program offers a post-graduate Fundamentals of Education Certificate. The purpose of this health science certificate is to provide additional, specialized knowledge; advance critical thinking; and promote theory application in the area of post-secondary education. Studying the components of designing, developing, and managing courses using the latest theory and techniques of teaching and learning will be the emphasis of this health science certificate. This certificate may be used for career advancement and preparation of health professionals for roles in academia or healthcare education.
The Doctor of Health Sciences Fundamentals of Education Certificate consists of four courses (12 quarter credit hours) offered during each semester in an online learning format through the Blackboard Learning Management System. Each certificate will consist of the three classes in the content area plus one class from another certificate area. For example, if completing the Fundamentals of Education Certificate, all three courses in Fundamentals of Education would be completed, plus one additional course from the Leadership and Organizational Behavior or Global Health Certificates. All course work will be taken with online health science degree students who include health professionals from academia, administration, research, and clinical practice; and represent a wide variety of health disciplines. ATSU’s inter-professional approach to learning has been shown to enhance the development of analytical skills and theory application in healthcare, and nurture the development of the most compassionate graduates innovating the business of healthcare in the heart of communities where need is greatest.
All courses require active participation through the use of current technology. This collegial engagement with other healthcare professionals is considered the cornerstone of the course work and learning environment for this health science certificate.
The health science certificate can be earned:
- Independent of your Doctor of Health Sciences degree
- Can be applied toward your Doctor of Health Sciences required course work if you wish to pursue your online health Science degree at a later date
Read the University Catalog to learn more about the Doctor of Health Sciences Fundamentals of Education Certificate online program and university.
Current professional positions held by Doctor of Health Sciences degree students include:
- Academic Educator
- Athletic Trainer
- Dental Hygienist
- Health Specialist
- Healthcare Administrator
- Healthcare Consultant
- Pharmaceutical Researcher
- Medical Technician
- Registered Nurse
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Physician Assistant
- Public Health Administrator
- Respiratory Therapist
- Social Worker
- Speech Pathologist
Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Faculty
Six full-time and many adjunct faculty provide expert instruction within the health science online degree program. This structure provides students exposure to a variety of teaching styles and learning opportunities by a faculty with diverse healthcare-related backgrounds and experiences.
Adjunct Instructor +
Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA
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.
- Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA
Associate Dean Academics and Assessment +
Jim Farris, PT, PhD
Katherine Adler, DHA, FACHE, TOC, is the associate dean of 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.
- Jim Farris, PT, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor +
Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD
Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD, has been named chair for the Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) program in the ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies. She previously served as an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, as well as the director of content development and education at Oceania University of Medicine. In addition, she served as an instructor and curriculum consultant for Kaplan Medical.
Dr. DiCaprio has a history of teaching undergraduate, graduate, and medical courses in areas related to infectious diseases and infection control, immunology, public health, and emergency preparedness. She comes to ATSU with an impressive history as a faculty member and administrator in higher education of the medicine and the health sciences.
Dr. DiCaprio earned her BS in biochemistry from The College of Saint Rose and her PhD in pathology from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her prior research focused on studying pathogenesis of maximum containment (Biosafety-level 4) viruses such as Ebola and Marburg in non-human primate models. Her research efforts contributed to the development of potential vaccines and therapeutics against these deadly viruses, and her work has been profiled in numerous publications and press releases.
- Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD
Jeffrey Alexander, PhD, FAACVPR
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Dr. Alexander completed his doctor of philosophy degree at Arizona State University (2003) in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in exercise and wellness. He earned his Master of Science in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University and his bachelor’s degree in health promotion.
In addition to his academic preparation, Dr. Alexander holds numerous health and fitness professional certifications; namely, Clinical Exercise Specialist® from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Consequently, Dr. Alexander has served as a personal and group fitness trainer primarily working closely with the older adult population.
Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
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- Jeffrey Alexander, PhD, FAACVPR
Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Admissions
- Completed and signed admissions application along with a nonrefundable application fee.
- An accredited degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (bachelor’s degree for masters programs and a master’s degree for doctoral programs). Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States may 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.
- Some degree programs may require experience or credentialing relevant to the field.
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:
- World Education Services P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087 p: (212) 966-6311 f: (212) 739-6139 email@example.com
- 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
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: (305) 273 -1616 f: (305) 273 -1338 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Intl. Education Research Foundation, Inc. PO Box 3665 Culver City, CA 90231-3665 (310) 258-9451
**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).
Acceptable minimal scores for CGHS applications 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 Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 26/Writing Skills section
- iBT - minimum total score of 80 Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 24/Writing Skills section
- PBT - minimum total score of 550 Minimum of 57/Reading Skills section | Minimum of 61/Writing Skills section
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
Tuition and Financial Services+
Application Fee: $70
Tuition: $491 per credit hour (2015-2016 school year)
Technology Fee: $150 per quarter
Note: All fees and tuition are subject to change.
DHSc Certificate courses are three credit hours. There are additional fees for books and reference materials. Federal financial assistance is not available for the Fundamentals of Education Certificate.
The ATSU Family and Culture
The Fundamentals of Education Certificate curriculum consists of the three Certificate courses plus one course from either the Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate or Global Health Certificate classes.
- Credits: 3
Theoretical Foundations of Learning +
The purpose of this course is to review the research on learning theory to provide the foundation for understanding learning styles and their applicability to adult learners. The course is designed to examine evidence related to adult learning and will explore the neuroscience, behavioral, cognitive, psychological, and social factors inherent in adult learning. The student will engage in a critical analysis and examination of numerous scientific theories and processes that are thought to influence learning. Some of the main theories that will be explored include: behaviorism, social cognition, information processing, constructivism, cognitive learning, and motivation.
- Credits: 3
Contemporary Teaching & Learning Concepts +
This course is an overview of some of the current models and theories that are becoming popular in higher education. Much research has focused on academia over the past few years to determine how best to educate students in a cost effective, productive manner. Some of the more prominent theories include: learner-centered teaching, student-centered learning, inter-professional learning, and distance education. The purpose of this course is to explore the research and practical application of contemporary models of education. Students will examine various models and philosophies of delivering and managing course content, promoting knowledge transfer, and determining best practices for effective teaching.
- Credits: 3
Curriculum & Course Design +
The purpose of this course is to expand knowledge and understanding of curriculum and course development. The course is designed to engage students in developing course syllabus, assignments and grading rubrics, lesson plans, and a course outline. Students will explore strategies that promote student learning based on best teaching practices.
- Credits: 3