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Master of Public Health Degree Online

Master of Public Health Degree Online

Online Healthcare Degree

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at A.T. Still University prepares graduates to become seasoned professionals in the field of public health. The focus of this master’s in public health online is to create elite healthcare professionals who are prepared and driven to make a difference and lead the future of healthcare.

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This master’s program is uniquely designed in close alignment with newly published public health standards, thus cultivating experienced, modern leaders who will excel in a wide range of public health professions.

CEPH logoThe Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) see disclaimer, meeting accepted standards established by and with the profession and covering essential skills and knowledge needed for today’s jobs. View ATSU’s CEPH final team report and CEPH self-study for additional information.

ATSU-CGHS’s Master of Public Health degree is ranked 10th in the United States by, and among the top 20 programs by, adding to ATSU’s long-standing reputation for integrity, quality and leadership in education. Students can now earn their dental public health master’s degree from a prestigious health sciences University dedicated to improving public health.

The Master of Public Health degree program is offered through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS). All core master’s in public health online courses are taught by our renowned and highly qualified doctoral-level public health faculty including industry leaders, top national public servants and public health academic innovators. As class size is limited to 16 students, valuable and extensive one-on-one student-faculty interaction allows for the cultivation of lifelong relationships and professional public health connections.

This master’s in public health online aims to empower its students to take their influence and abilities to a new and highly professional level. This includes the integration of highly contemporary public health industry resources such as leveraging social media to extend the impact of public health professionals’ efforts. While utilizing forward thinking strategies and technological resources is an important component of this public health degree, students enrolled in the Master of Public Health program will also gain world-class, timeless knowledge on the foundation of the public health field.

While earning a master’s degree in public health at ATSU, you will have all the resources necessary to keep your career moving forward in one seamlessly integrated public health degree.

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  • Accreditation +

    • A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

      230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500
      Chicago, IL 60604

      Phone: 800.621.7440 | Fax: 312.263.7462

      The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has accredited the Master of Public Health program at ATSU-CGHS for a five-year term extending to July 1, 2020.

      The Public Health Program at A.T. Still University College of Graduate Health Studies is undergoing the re-accreditation process with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The CEPH re-accreditation site review is scheduled for April 30 and May 1, 2020. As part of the accreditation process, CEPH encourages interested parties, including students, alumni, faculty and the practice community, to provide written input that will inform the deliberations of a site visit team. CEPH is accepting written comments about the public health program and its practices, procedures and policies until March 30, 2020.

      You may send your written comments to CEPH at:
      Zeinab Bazzi, MPH
      Council on Education for Public Health
      1010 Wayne Ave, Suite 220
      Silver Spring, MD 20910

      Or via email:

      Thank you

  • Career Advancement+

    • Many diverse career options in both the public and private sectors are available for graduates who have earned ATSU’s master’s degree in public health, including:

      • Assistant/Associate Professor in Health Education
      • Director of Community Health Services
      • Director of Health and Wellness Program (for a corporation, hospital, or health system)
      • Health Advocacy/Policy/Research
      • Health Educator
      • Health Education Consultant

      • Health Policy Adviser/Consultant
      • Public Health Information Officer
      • Public Health Project Manager
      • Public Health Management Analyst
      • Program Manager at an Insurance Company

Master of Public Health Degree Faculty

ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) instructors have diverse academic and working backgrounds in public health, and all hold doctoral degrees. Their academic areas of interest include access to care, workforce issues, impact of water shortages, preventive health care, health disparities, injury prevention, maternal and child health, health policy and cultural disparities.

ATSU-CGHS faculty and staff are dedicated to your success, and comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring, career services and technical support.

  • Associate Dean of Academics and Assessment +

      • Jim Farris, PT, PhD 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.

  • Administration and Faculty +

      • Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA
        Assistant Professor
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      • Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH
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      • Gregory Loeben, PhD, MA Gregory Loeben, PhD, MA
        Associate Professor
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      • M. Lindsay Wright, DMD, MPH M. Lindsay Wright, DMD, MPH
        Assistant Professor
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      • Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI
        Associate Professor and Chair
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      • Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, Ph.D., RDH, CHES Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, Ph.D., RDH, CHES
        Assistant Professor
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Master of Public Health Degree Admissions

ATSU’s renowned master of public health online program admits public health professionals who have diverse graduate education, work history and life experiences. Qualified candidates demonstrate an ability to pursue a rigorous course of graduate academic study and hold increasingly responsible positions in public health.

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. In special circumstances, a personal interview may be required.

  • Requirements +

      1. Application:
        • Completed and signed admissions application along with a nonrefundable application fee.

      2. Academic:

        • 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.

      3. 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:

      **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 +

    • Review tuition and fees for the Master of Public Health program. Please note tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Master of Public Health Curriculum Overview

The online Master of Public Health curriculum provides comprehensive training that develops leaders who are fully prepared to address society’s healthcare issues. All core courses are taught by ATSU’s exceptional, doctoral-level faculty, which includes former top national public servants, industry leaders and academic innovators in public health.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Public Health Concepts +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is a comprehensive introduction to public health within the context of the U.S. healthcare system. Contents include the concept of public health, its problems in the context of social and community factors, its development from a historical perspective, the role and mission of public health organizations, and an overview of current public health concepts, models, and policy.
  • Fundamentals of Research in Public Health +

    • Credits: 3
      In this applied research course, students will develop and enhance their skills related to research topic search strategies, problem statements, literature reviews, and research proposal preparation. Students will apply basic principles of epidemiology and biostatistics to draft a research proposal and develop sustainable research skills.
  • Community Health Informatics +

    • Credits: 3
      The course will introduce students to the field of health informatics and its application to public health. Students will learn fundamental principles of computer science and computer information technology. They will apply these principles to understanding proper use of healthcare data and its inherent pitfalls concerning privacy, security, ethics, and data interoperability. The course will also provide an overview of the use of networking technology in the collection and distribution of health information, with emphasis on electronic and personal health records. Focus will be given to clinical application of informatics tools in evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, bioinformatics, imaging, and research. Students will also utilize publicly available information systems, such as national vital statistics, pertaining to morbidity data and environmental public health.
  • Community Health and Social Media (Elective) +

    • Credits: 3
      In this course, students will learn about the history and use of multiple types of social media in community health at the local, state, and federal levels. The ethics of using social media, current accepted standards, and best practices in using social media in a community health setting will be covered. Students will practice using multiple forms of social media and create a community health social media campaign.
  • Epidemiology +

    • Credits: 3
      This course examines the study of disease in populations from a public health perspective. Topics include research methods, study designs, sampling, data analysis, interpretation of data, and application of findings for public health policy.
  • Public Health Systems Policy and Management +

    • Credits: 3
      This is a survey course providing an overview of the policy process as applied to health. Similarly, it provides introductory content dealing with how public health and other health organizations are organized and managed.
  • Public Health Policy and Politics +

    • Credits: 3
      This course discusses the structure of the political process in health policy making. It covers the political roles of selected health professionals and the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government in health policy. This course provides practical mechanisms to intervene on behalf of programs or institutions.
  • Biostatistics +

    • Credits: 3
      Biostatistics is the study and development of statistical, mathematical, and computational methods applied to biological, health, and human sciences. Biostatisticians play a key role in the design, conduct, and analysis of research studies in areas of health and disease, and create and apply methods for quantitative research in health-related fields. Topics covered include data description, probability, distribution of random variables, applications of the binomial and normal distributions, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, regression, and analysis of variance. Additional topics include an introduction to statistical computing and data management, non-parametric statistical methods, and demographic measures. Students need to use a statistical program (Microsoft Excel® or other program) to assist with computations.

Year 2

  • Public Health Administration +

    • Credits: 3
      This course focuses on public health administration, including human resources, budgeting and organizational dynamics. Students learn to recognize internal bias and how it affects communication and negotiation. Leadership principles such as creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration, and decision making are explored.
  • Global Health Issues (Elective) +

    • Credits: 3
      Global healthcare is an emerging priority for organizations and governments worldwide because of the impact on international economic stability. Technology, research, and the advancement of healthcare interventions have produced improvements in health outcomes for many. Unfortunately, these advancements have also led to inequalities in health status within and between countries. The world is faced with new challenges such as the potential for pandemics, an aging population, a diminishing healthcare workforce, and the stresses of determining resource allocation. This course explores the many facets of global health to expose the student to the complexity of the concepts that impact healthcare in developing and developed countries.
  • Identifying Community Health Needs +

    • Credits: 3
      Needs and capacity assessment strategies are designed for people planning to practice within the fields of public health, health promotion, or health education. Students take an in-depth look at individual, group, and self-directed assessment strategies. This course gives students an opportunity to practice learned skills, decipher what assessments are best for a given situation, and learn how to implement their new skills within their professional environments.
  • Environmental Health Sciences +

    • Credits: 3
      This course provides an introduction to ecology and ecological principles and how human population pressures affect them. Man’s impact on biotic and abiotic components of the earth is examined as well as environmental factors affecting public health. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of anthropogenic, chemical, and physical stressors and their impact on various ecosystem components and man.
  • Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Concepts +

    • Credits: 3
      Social and epidemiological basis of health education overviews are provided. Tools are developed for assessment of community, institutional, and individual educational needs. Planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs designed to develop and reinforce positive health promotion and prevention practices are explored.
  • Public Health Practicum +

    • Credits: 6
      This course has two components. The first requires the student to develop and execute an applied practice with a public health organization under the guidance of a site preceptor and a member of the MPH Program faculty. The student must create and submit a minimum of two products that demonstrate attainment of at least five public health competencies from a provided list. The second component is a culminating academic experience that requires the student to produce a high-quality, substantive written document aimed at a public health organization, which demonstrates synthesis of public health competencies.

Other Courses

  • Directed Study +

    • Credits: 3
      Directed studies may be required as assigned by the program chair.