Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate Online
Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate Online
A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), the elite Doctor of Health Sciences program offers a post-graduate certificate in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. The purpose of this health science certificate is to provide additional, specialized knowledge, advance critical thinking, and promote theory application in the area of healthcare administration. Understanding leadership theory through real-world application is the focus of the course work and underscores ATSU’s defining mission of leadership, innovation, serving underserved communities and meeting the needs of the whole person body, mind, and spirit.
Analysis of leadership and organizational behavior principles and policy development also are key components of the coursework. As organizational behavior skills are growing in importance in today’s complex healthcare environment, your specialized leadership skills will help you understand the intricacies of human behavior in the workplace. As a result, ATSU-CGHS’s Doctor of Health Sciences certificate may be used for career advancement in leadership positions in public or private healthcare organizations or academic institutions.
The Doctor of Health Sciences Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate is earned following completion 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 Leadership and Organizational Behavior certificate, all three courses in Leadership and Organizational Behavior would be completed, plus one additional course from the Global Health 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. This inter-professional approach to learning has been shown to enhance the development of analytical skills and theory application in healthcare. 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 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 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.
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 Mathieson, PhD, CIP
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Dr. Mathieson completed her Ph.D. in sociology at Arizona State University, with a focus in the areas of statistics and sociology of health. Before coming to ATSU, she spent five years as a research analyst and biostatistician at Maricopa Medical Center, a 449-bed teaching hospital in Phoenix.
While at Maricopa Medical Center, Dr. Mathieson taught research and statistics courses to medical residents in various specialties, and co-authored research articles with faculty and residents in areas such as obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, family practice, and public health. Since coming to ATSU, Dr. Mathieson has collaborated on both quantitative and qualitative research projects in various programs, and has begun her own research in the area of teaching and learning. She is also interested in research ethics and is the vice-chair of the ATSU-Arizona Institutional Review Board. Dr. Mathieson enjoys working with students, particularly in the process of mentoring them through research projects.
Eric Matthews, PhD
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Dr. Matthews completed his Ph.D. in education at Southern Illinois University with an emphasis in adult and vocational/technical education (workforce education and development). He also holds graduate degrees in education (administration and supervision) and museum studies. His professional medical preparation is in the field of diagnostic imaging. Dr. Matthews is certified in diagnostic radiography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, and magnetic resonance imaging by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Prior to coming to ATSU, he was the program director of the radiography program at Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Matthews has taught numerous courses on medical and educational history, his primary research interest. He enjoys qualitative-historical research and has served as a subject matter expert for several state and national organizations and museums on the topic of 19th century American medicine.
- Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, CIP
Doctor of Health Sciences Degree Admissions
Candidates accepted for admission to the Doctor of Health Sciences’ Leadership and Organizational Behavior 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate.
The ATSU Family and Culture
The Leadership and Organizational Behavior Certificate curriculum consists of the three Certificate courses plus one course from either the Global Health Certificate or Fundamentals of Education Certificate classes.
- Credits: 3
Trends & Issues in Leadership +
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.
- Credits: 3
Health Policy Development & 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.
- Credits: 3
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.
- Credits: 3