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Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis online degree

Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis online degree

Online Healthcare Degree

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) online Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis (MPH-D) degree through the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) is the first and only program of its kind in the world. The program allows for a seamless integration of dental content within its core MPH curriculum. This best-in-class dental public health degree combines the strengths of both our renowned College of Graduate Health Studies and schools of dentistry for unparalleled depth of resources and expertise that streamlines completion and results in a superior education experience.

CEPH logoThe Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 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.

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ATSU-CGHS’s Master of Public Health degree is also ranked in the top 20 programs in the United States by TheBestSchools.org, 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.

A master’s degree in public health with dental emphasis will prepare students for advanced positions at community health centers, institutes of higher education, non-profit organizations and local, state and national government agencies. This includes dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, or anyone working in the dental industry who is interested in a career in dental public health services and administration.

The master’s degree in dental public health program’s flexibility makes it convenient for even the busiest working professional to pursue an advanced online healthcare degree. You can complete 100% of class work online from home, whenever you want–24 hours a day–and are never required to come to the campus to complete the degree. Online public health degree courses are taught through a combination of the latest virtual teaching methods, such as web-based instruction, video demonstrations, directed readings, scholarly papers, email and chat room interactions among students and faculty members.

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  • Continuing Education +

    • ATSU offers Continuing Education (CE) for MPH and MPH-D faculty, students, and public health workers in the community. If you are interested in continuing education please visit TRAIN.org.

      TRAIN is a nationally developed system of CE programs developed by agencies of the federal government and various universities, and is the nation’s premier learning resource for professionals who protect the public’s health. TRAIN is comprised of the national www.train.org site and participating TRAIN affiliate sites. TRAIN users can access information about state, local, national, or international training available to them through any participating TRAIN site.

  • University Catalog+

    • University Catalog Program guide

      Review the University Catalog to learn more about the Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis program and university. Read detailed course descriptions and obtain answers to many of your questions regarding application information and tuition.

  • 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
      Email: info@hlcommission.org

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

  • Career Advancement+

    • There are many, diverse career options in both the public and private sectors for graduates who have earned the notable A.T. Still University Public Health Master of Public Health degree with dental emphasis, including:
      • Dental director in a community health center
      • Dental director for a local or state health department
      • Dental hygienist
      • Dental manager in a professional dental organization
      • Dental personnel in a federal health agency
      • Dental faculty in dental or dental hygiene school

      • Dental personnel for an insurance company
      • Epidemiologist
      • Manager in a community-based non-profit
      • Public health administrator
      • Researcher

Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Degree Faculty

The ATSU-College of Graduate Health Studies faculty and staff are dedicated to helping each student succeed along their Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis career path. They comprise an elite team of leaders in their respective fields, with all faculty members holding doctorate degrees. The public health dental degree program offers an exclusive opportunity to learn from the finest educators in the public health field. All coursework is taught by industry leaders, academic innovators, and former top public servants. No teaching assistants are used in any of the courses. Faculty provides support to students in various ways. Communication with online public health degree students includes email, chat, forum postings, and phone. They serve as facilitators and mentors, helping students to meet course objectives, apply key concepts to real-world situations, and develop the skills needed for success in the healthcare industry. Additional support is provided to students through comprehensive student services such as advising and technical support.

  • Dean +

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

        Don Altman, DDS, DSHc, EdD MPH, MBA, MA<br />Dean LinkedIn

        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.

  • Chair and Associate Professor +

      • Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI
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        Mary-Katherine McNatt, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, COI, is department chair and associate professor of the Master of Public Health program at A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies.

        Dr. McNatt holds a doctorate of public health with an emphasis in social and behavioral sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, a master’s in rural public health from Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, and a bachelor’s in biology from Texas A&M University with a minor in chemistry. She is a master certified health education specialist, is certified in public health, and is a certified online instructor.

        Dr. McNatt has extensive experience in epidemiology, program planning, community health, and public health preparedness; with experience working in the non-profit sector, government sector as well as in academia. She has been teaching online since 2007, and has completed and obtained her online teaching certificate from Sloan-C, COI from LERN, and is currently taking courses from Quality Matters.

        Prior to becoming a full time academic, Dr. McNatt was the first full time pandemic program planner in the state of Texas at Dallas County Health and Human Services. Key activities included enhancing existing surveillance systems for seasonal influenza, educating community leaders through created lectureships and programs, and provide consulting services for agencies in developing their own business continuity and continuity of operations plans. Prior to her employment for Dallas County she worked as a community health facilitator for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Fort Worth, focusing on community health education and outreach.

        Dr. McNatt has published multiple research articles on pandemic planning and emergency preparedness, and on social media in educating diverse populations; she also presents regularly at national conferences on rural border health issues, health equity, social media and water scarcity as a public health issue, this includes presentations at American Public Health Association and National Rural Health Association. She has served as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association as well as former chairman of the American Heart Association Cultural Health Initiatives Tarrant County Task Force. She is a member of the National Rural Health Associations Government Advisory Council, National Rural Health Association’s Health Equity Board, and serves on the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Education Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Best Practices in Pedagogy subcommittee. She is also a CPH question writer.

        Dr. McNatt’s research interests include cultural health disparities, rural /border health issues, maternal and child health, public health preparedness, and special medical needs populations.

        In her spare time she enjoys riding horses and traveling. Dr. McNattlives in Texas with family.

  • Faculty +

      • Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA
        Assistant Professor
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      • Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Gregory Loeben, PhD, MA, BA Gregory Loeben, PhD, MA, BA
        Associate Professor
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      • Ashley Love, DrPH, MPH, MS, CPH, COI Ashley Love, DrPH, MPH, MS, CPH, COI
        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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Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Degree Admissions

The renowned ATSU-CGHS Master of Public Health degree – Dental Emphasis program will admit public health professionals who have diverse graduate education, work history and life experiences. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated 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 - Dental Emphasis program. Please note tuition and fees are subject to change.

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      Explore our interactive online learning platform (Canvas) through a virtual course tour.

      Click the “Connect Now” button below, then complete the following steps:

      • Choose “I’m a Student”
      • Enter join code: KADNHH
      • Enter your full name
      • Create a username and password
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      • Choose the “Start Learning” button


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Master of Public Health - Dental Emphasis Curriculum Overview

ATSU-CGHS’s Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis curriculum sets the standard for comprehensive dental public health training using evidence-based dentistry and best practices to develop leaders who are fully prepared to address society’s dental public health issues.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Dental Public Health +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is a comprehensive introduction to public health and dental public health within the context of the U. S. healthcare system. Course content includes basic organizational arrangements of health services in the United States; the concept of public health, its problems in the context of social and community factors, its development from a historical perspective, and the role and mission of public health organizations, science, philosophy, and practice of dental public health.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Dental Public Health +

    • Credits: 3
      This course looks at how to apply ethical principles to dental public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. It describes the legal and ethical bases for dental public health and dental services.
  • 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.
  • Dental Healthcare Policy and Management +

    • Credits: 3
      This course focuses on the application of general management concepts including management process, descriptions of management functions, managerial roles, and organizational culture. It includes practical aspects of planning, staffing, financing, implanting, evaluating, and communicating dental public health programs at the local, state, and federal levels. A practical look at dental public health policy-making and how best to translate policy into practice is provided.
  • 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

  • Financing Dental Care +

    • Credits: 3
      This course examines the various ways in which dental care is financed, including mechanisms of payment for providers, third-party plans, salaried and public-financed programs, and federal systems such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Community-based Programs - Development +

    • Credits: 3
      This course looks at various community- based programs and how best to develop, implement, and evaluate these programs as well as financing these programs. Students work with a local organization/institution/ agency to develop a comprehensive oral health plan for a community.
  • 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.
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