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Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Online

Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Online

Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Online

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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.

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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
  • Career Advancement+

    • Current professional positions held by Doctor of Health Sciences degree students include:

      • Academic Educator
      • Athletic Trainer
      • Counselor
      • Dental Hygienist
      • Dietitian
      • Health Specialist
      • Healthcare Administrator
      • Healthcare Consultant
      • Pharmaceutical Researcher
      • Medical Technician
      • Registered Nurse

      • Occupational Therapist
      • Paramedic
      • Pharmacist
      • Physical Therapist
      • Physician
      • Physician Assistant
      • Psychologist
      • Public Health Administrator
      • Respiratory Therapist
      • Social Worker
      • Speech Pathologist

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.

  • Dean +

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

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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 of Academic Success and Assessment Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE
        Associate Dean of Academic Success and Assessment

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        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.

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      • Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD
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        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.

  • Faculty +

      • Jeff Alexander, PhD Jeff Alexander, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD
        Program Chair
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      • Joan Leafman, PhD Joan Leafman, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, CIP Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, CIP
        Associate Professor
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      • Eric Matthews, PhD Eric Matthews, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Helen Salisbury, PhD Helen Salisbury, PhD
        Assistant Professor
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      • spacer image for page layout Catherine Belden, DHSc, MSN, RN, HACP, CIC

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      • spacer image for page layout Paul Kadetz, DPhil, MPH, MSN, MSOM, MSc, APRN-BC, LAc

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      • spacer image for page layout Eric Carver, DHSc, MABMHM, MPA

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      • spacer image for page layout Mary Beth Kaylor, PhD, MPH

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      • spacer image for page layout Lynn Chevalier, DHSc, MPH., MS, CPH, CPC

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      • spacer image for page layout Tracy Matthews, PhD, MA

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      • spacer image for page layout Suzanne Coleman, DHSc, RNC-OB, CRCP

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      • spacer image for page layout Patty Miner, DHSc, MSN, RN, PNP-BC

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      • spacer image for page layout Denice Curtis, DHSc, DDS, MPH

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      • spacer image for page layout Joseph Ronzio, DHSc, MBA

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      • spacer image for page layout Thomas DiDonna, DHSc, MS, RN

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      • spacer image for page layout Philip Stephens, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C

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      • spacer image for page layout Matthias Goldstein, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C

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      • spacer image for page layout Melanie Tidman, DHSc, MA, OTR/L

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      • spacer image for page layout Attila Hertelendy, PhD, MHSM, MS, NREMT-P

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      • spacer image for page layout James Townsend, DHSc, MBA/HCM, MIS

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      • spacer image for page layout Mark Johannsson, DHSc, MPH, FRIPH

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      • spacer image for page layout Lisa Wallace, PhD, MHR

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      • spacer image for page layout Patrick Palmieri, DHSc, EdS, MSc(c), MBA, MSN

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      • spacer image for page layout Michael Whitehead, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

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Degree Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • 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, (
      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 healthcare

      A current resume or curriculum vitae detailing personal, educational, and professional achievements
      Two letters of recommendation

      A completed application form and the nonrefundable application fee
      *Not required of DHSc alumni with transcripts on file from prior matriculation

      For additional information contact an Enrollment Counselor at 877.626.5577 or

      Technology Requirements

      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
      • 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
      • FCCPT - Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (PT Applicants only) p: 703.684.8406
      • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: 305.273.1616 f: 305.273.1338
      • ICD - International Consultants of Delaware (General) p: 215.222.8454
  • 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.

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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: DHSCdemo
      Password: atsudemo

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Curriculum Overview

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.

Global Health Certificate

  • Global Health Issues+

    • This Global Health Certificate 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.

  • Globalization and World Politics+

    • This Global Health Certificate 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.

  • Global Health Ethics+

    • This Global Health Certificate 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.

Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate

    • This course examines the historical and current theoretical models of leadership and will address the contemporary thought on leadership, the leader’s role, and explore applications of that role. Topics will include the current context for leadership and personal leadership styles in the healthcare arena. Students will examine moral frameworks for leadership and decision-making as well as leadership domains and the synthesis of leadership development. Case studies will explore leadership in practice in both the public and private sectors as it relates to healthcare management.

  • Health Policy Development and Analysis+

    • This course provides an in-depth discussion of the key political and administrative decision-making processes of the American health system. Particular emphasis is placed on the health policy development process. The goal of the course is to expand knowledge on the definition of public policy, health policy development process, and funding solutions to complete policy issues. Students will examine the variety of social, economic, and political influences on health policy making and will discover that there are a variety of “policy instruments” available to decision makers to solve policy problems at the policy formulation stage.

  • Organizational Behavior+

    • This course examines how the personal characteristics of organizational members influence the effectiveness and productivity of organizations and the job satisfaction of its members. It is believed that organizations are comprised of three levels: the individual, the group or department, and the organization itself. This course will focus on the problems and challenges leaders face in dealing with the individual and the small groups in the organization. Special attention will be given to the role of teams in organizations, the stages of team development, and actions that can support the development of effective teams. The realities of interpersonal processes are considered through examination of the roles of power, politics, and conflict in organizations. The human side of organizational change is then explored with a focus on understanding how and why people react to organizational change and identifying opportunities for enhancing the effective implementation of change.

Fundamentals of Education Certificate

  • 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, and how best to motivate and engage 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. Topics will include reviewing the historical foundations for the scientific study of 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.

  • Contemporary Teaching and 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. Each model will be evaluated for strengths and limitations.

  • Curriculum and Course Design+

    • The purpose of this course is to expand knowledge and understanding of curriculum and course development. The course will focus on developing a course syllabus, selection of teaching methods, determination of course materials, and organization of content. In addition, to affect positive learning; lesson planning and presentation, with analyzing effective instruction will be addressed. The course is designed to engage students in developing course syllabus, assignments and grading rubrics, lesson plans, and a course outline.

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