Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Online
Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Online
Global Health Certificate
Through the A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), the prestigious Doctor of Health Sciences program offers a post-graduate Global Health Certificate. The purpose of this certificate in global health is to provide additional, specialized knowledge; advance critical thinking; and promote theory application in the area of global health. This added specialization is critical to understanding global health issues and provides future leaders with the tools necessary to apply current knowledge and formulate innovative solutions to achieve improvement in the quality of health for underserved populations.
Identification, exploration, and analysis of current international health issues will be explored in relation to their impact on policy development, population health, and application of ethical principles. This health science certificate may be used for career advancement in global health positions in leadership and academia.
The Doctor of Health Sciences curriculum for the Global Health 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 Global Health Certificate, all three courses in Global Health would be completed, plus one additional course from the Leadership and Organizational Behavior or Fundamentals of Education 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.
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.
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 Global Health 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
Jim Farris, PT, PhD, is the associate dean for academics and assessment in A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS). Dr. Farris earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1987, and master’s degree in exercise science in 1989, both from California State University, Fresno; as well as a bachelor’s degree in physical therapying 1999 from Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University in 1995, where his studies focused on exercise physiology and nutrition. His current scholarship efforts are aimed at cardiopulmonary fitness throughout the lifespan.
He joined ATSU in 2009, started his associate dean role in 2020, and is now in his 25th year of higher education and administration. Dr. Farris has over a decade of academic administration and assessment experience as a department chair and has strived for overall educational excellence in that role. He completed the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Institute Fellowship, is an Educational Leadership Institute Fellow, and has served on the board of directors for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy before joining ATSU-CGHS.
He enjoys serving the community, and one our nation’s most underserved populations, through his role as a clinical director for the FUNfitness program that is part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete’s program. His home is in the west where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant. Work-life integration is a goal and he “sharpens the saw” through golfing, cycling, fishing, hiking, cooking, brewing, and yardwork.
- 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
Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
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- Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD
Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Admissions
Candidates accepted for admission to the Doctor of Health Sciences’ Global Health Certificate program must demonstrate and/or submit the following prior to enrollment:Earned a masters or doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university, or from a foreign university based on a transcript evaluation completed by an agency from the NACES website, (www.naces.org)Candidates with a GPA below 3.0 may apply by completing an additional essay during the application process to explain factors that precipitated a student’s low GPA and how and why a student will be successful in a program. Students who did not attend an institution where a GPA system was used are required to petition the program chair.Qualifying degree transcripts prior to matriculation*Proof as a licensed or credentialed healthcare professional and/or have two years recent experience as a practitioner, administrator, educator, or researcher in healthcareA current resume or curriculum vitae detailing personal, educational, and professional achievementsTwo letters of recommendation
A completed application form and the nonrefundable application fee
*Not required of DHSc alumni with transcripts on file from prior matriculation
All ATSU students are required to own a computer system. Minimum system requirements vary depending on program.
Foreign Credential Evaluation
Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All coursework 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 phone: 212. 966.6311 fax: 212.739.6139 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wes.org
- 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 www.aacrao.org
- FCCPT - Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (PT Applicants only) p: 703.684.8406 www.fccpt.org
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: 305.273.1616 f: 305.273.1338 email@example.com www.jsilny.com
- ICD - International Consultants of Delaware (General) p: 215.222.8454 www.icdeval.com
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 Global Health Certificate.
The ATSU Family and Culture
The Global Health Certificate curriculum consists of the three Certificate courses plus one course from either the Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate or Fundamentals of Education Certificate classes.
- Credits: 3
Global Health Issues +
This course provides an introduction to important global health issues, including determinants of health, key areas of disease burden, and the role that new health technologies can play in solving these problems. The goal of the course is to expand students’ understanding of the impact of infectious and chronic diseases on the world’s population with particular attention paid to the health status of women, children, and the poor. Students will examine case studies of successful global health interventions to understand features of successful programs.
- Credits: 3
Globalization & World Politics +
This course introduces the theoretical and practical issues associated with the radical global processes that are now affecting human life locally and globally. The course emphasizes the political-economic, cultural, institutional, technological, and ecological implications of globalization and allows students to evaluate whether these processes pose opportunities or challenges to individuals, societies, and the global community.
- Credits: 3
Global Health Ethics +
This course provides an introduction to the principles and theory of ethics as applied to global health. The course will examine some of the primary theories and principles in healthcare ethics including virtue, deontology, utilitarian, autonomy, justice, beneficence, and nonmaleficence. The course will explore many prominent global health issues and exemplify how greater knowledge and understanding of global ethics is vital to effective and sound decision-making. Topics that will be discussed in the course include ethical issues related to: pandemic preparedness, end of life, human organ transplantation, clinical research in developing countries, human rights, resource allocation, and the effects of globalization on world health.
- Credits: 3