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Master of Science in School Health Education

Master of Science in School Health Education

Master of Science in School Health Education

Online Health Education Degree

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Master of Science in School Health Education (MS-SHE) program prepares K-12 educators to advance in their field and improve the health of students, their school’s performance and public health overall. With the best practices and solid health sciences foundation they gain in childhood health education, teachers, coaches, counselors and nurses now are fully equipped to address health education challenges and emerging trends while formulating and implementing solid solutions.

Offered through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), the Master of Science in School Health Education program imparts leading-edge knowledge and skills to teach students how to make healthy decisions beneficial to their current and future well-being. This innovative community health program provides the broadened context and real-world relevance educators need to move beyond the classroom and into the wider public health arena with expanded professional influence.

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ATSU’s 100 percent online school health education program is also as effective as it is convenient—offering real-world learning that can be applied immediately to the school work setting.

This respected master of science degree empowers graduates to gain the advanced education and community health credentials they need for career advancement and to shape the future of school health education for the greater good.

Please note: The School Health Education program is not currently accepting applications. Please complete our Information Request form to express interest in this future program.


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  • Master of Science in School Health Education Online Program Guide +

    •  Program guide

      Click on the Master of School Health Education program guide to learn more about the program and the University.

      Read detailed course descriptions and dissertation specifications for the doctorate degree in health education and find answers for many of your questions regarding application information and tuition.

  • Career Advancement+

    • There are many potential advanced career outcomes for graduates who hold the Master of Science in School Health Education degree, including:

      • K-12 Teacher
      • School nurse
      • School health educator
      • School administrator

      • Guidance counselor
      • School athletic coach
      • Governmental health agency leader (state department of health or county department of health – division focused on youth)
      • Health educator for a voluntary health agency, state agency or federal agency

Master of Science in School Health Education Online Degree Faculty

ATSU’s Master of Science in School Health Education is taught by a highly credentialed faculty who are leaders in their field and experienced in a broad range of health education issues. The College of Graduate Health Studies faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of each health education degree student. Comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring, technical support and career services.

Master of Science in School Health Education program instructors have diverse academic and professional backgrounds in public health and health education, and all hold doctorate degrees. Their academic areas of interest include community health, health literacy, child and adolescent health, college health, environmental health, rural health, microbiology, epidemiology, parasitology, emerging pathogens and infectious disease, program evaluation, factors affecting health behavior, allied health and health sciences education, professional education of health educators, online learning and innovative teaching methodologies.

  • Dean +

      • Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA<br>Dean, College of Graduate Health Studies Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA
        Dean, College of Graduate Health Studies

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        Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA holds a dental degree as well as master’s degrees in public health, business administration, and bioethics. He also has a doctorate in Health Sciences. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Dental Public Health and has worked in the dental public health field for more than 31 years.

        Dr. Altman has taught dentists and dental hygienists in the classroom for many years and has been teaching online since 2006. He has taken a general MPH curriculum and developed a program for individuals interested in dental public health. Dr. Altman is the Dean of the College of Graduate Health Studies, and is also a professor and Director of Public Health and Research at ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Prior to his role as Dean, Dr. Altman served as Chair, Department of Public Health and program chair for the dental MPH program.

        He previously worked for local and state governments as well as private industry. His areas of interest include professionalism and ethics, community-based dental programs, leadership for the dental professional, and quality assurance.

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      • Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE<br>Associate Professor<br>Associate Dean of Academic Success and Assessment Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE
        Associate Professor
        Associate Dean of Academic Success and Assessment

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        Katherine Adler, DHA, FACHE, is the Associate Dean for Assessment and Student Success at the College of Graduate Health Studies. She began teaching for the college in 2006, became the program chair for Health Administration in 2009, program chair for Public Health in 2010, and became Associate Dean in 2012.

        Doctor Adler holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has over 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 over 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 care are the key to a healthy community and society.

  • Chair +

      • Erin Breitenbach, PhD<br>Program Chair<br>Doctor of Health Education Erin Breitenbach, PhD
        Program Chair
        Doctor of Health Education

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        Erin Breitenbach, PhD, assumed the role of Health Education program chair in August 2009. Dr. Breitenbach has served as an instructor for CGHS since 2008.

        Educated at the University of Texas at Austin, she received her BA in kinesiology in 1991 before achieving her master’s and doctorate degrees in health education, the latter in 1998. Putting her education into practice, she conducted academic research on health education, using it to coordinate health education outreach programs for a managed care program. Her experience also includes clinical cancer research for a National Cancer Institute-designed comprehensive cancer center, as well as for a private oncology clinical research center.

  • Faculty +

      • Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, MCHES Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, MCHES
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      • Colleen Halupa, EdD Colleen Halupa, EdD
        Associate Professor
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      • Donna Allen, PhD, CHES, FAWHP Donna Allen, PhD, CHES, FAWHP
        Assistant Professor
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      • Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES
        Assistant Professor
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      • Candace Ayars, PhD Candace Ayars, PhD
        Assistant Professor
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      • Lori Dewald, EdD, CGHS Lori Dewald, EdD, CGHS
        Associate Professor
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      • Lynda Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, CGHS Lynda Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, CGHS
        Associate Professor
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      • Warren G. McDonald, PhD Warren G. McDonald, PhD
        Assistant Professor
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      • Meg Sheppard, PhD, CHES Meg Sheppard, PhD, CHES
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Master of Science in School Health Education Online Degree Admissions

  • Requirements +

      1. Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university. Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States must provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
      2. Completed admissions application.
      3. Official transcript from a qualifying degree-granting institution. For students using VA benefits transcripts for all institutions attended are required.
      4. Non-refundable application fee submitted with application.
      5. Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution. 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.
      6. A current resume.
      7. Completion of essay and two professional references.
      8. Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the College of Graduate Health Studies, A.T. Still University. 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 university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
        • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Service (IELTS).

        Acceptable minimal scores for CGHS applications are:

        • Internet based total score = 80
        • Acceptable IELTS score are an overall band score of 6.5

        The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA, phone: 609. 771.7100. Information is available at 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, phone: 609.771.7100

      9. Applicants are selected by an admission committee.
      10. Completion of background check, using a vendor selected by ATSU. CGHS requires criminal background checks on matriculants to ensure the safety of patients and employees. The checks are conducted by an ATSU selected vendor. The student will pay the cost of the criminal background check directly to the vendor. Failure to comply with this mandate will result in denial to matriculate. Applicants who fail to disclose anything on their application that is returned on their background check report will have that finding reviewed by an University Official.
      11. 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
      • 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+

    • Application Fee: $70, non-refundable* (not covered by financial aid)

      Tuition: $626 per credit hour (2015-2016 school year)

      Technology Fee: $150 per quarter Note: All fees and tuition are subject to change.

      Tuition is charged per course. Tuition is to be paid in full (or all financial aid award letter steps completed for the appropriate term, or an appropriate payment plan selected) 14 days prior to the first day of classes. are responsible for the purchase of their Internet service fees and computer hardware and software fees. Contact your admissions representative at 877.626.5577 or for more information.

      *All fees are subject to change.

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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: SHEdemo
      Password: cghsguest

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Master of Science in School Health Education Online Curriculum Overview

The Master of Science in School Health Education program complements ATSU’s mission of encouraging its constituencies to become leaders in improving community health and wellness with a comprehensive appreciation of the whole individual while helping to create the best school health educators in the world. This program is one of the few online master’s degrees in school health education and prepares certified or licensed K-12 teachers to teach school health education and become knowledgeable about their individual roles and responsibilities within school health. This program integrates directed readings and web-based instruction and discussions. ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies uses mission-driven, context-based curriculum design and assesses student learning through authentic embedded assessments.

  • Health Education as a Discipline+

    • Students examine the discipline of health education from global concepts to coordinated school health, CHES competencies, health education behavior models and theories, and program planning models applicable to school health.

  • Health Education Teaching Strategies K-6+

    • Students assess, plan, implement and evaluate age appropriate health resources, concepts, and techniques for advancing health literacy of students in grades K-6. Interdisciplinary teaching and how to incorporate health education into other classroom subjects is explored. Differentiated instruction by culture and special needs is addressed.

  • Health Education Teaching Strategies 7-12+

    • Students assess, plan, implement and evaluate age appropriate health resources, concepts, and techniques for advancing health literacy of students in grades 7-12. Interdisciplinary teaching and how to incorporate health education into other classroom subjects is explored. Differentiated instruction by culture and special needs is addressed.

  • Health Education Assessment and Testing+

    • Students examine how to create age appropriate health education assignments and conduct formative and summative assessments of student work. Students develop skills in formal and informal assessments, item analysis and exam preparation including test writing and construction. Teacher lesson planning and teacher performance evaluation is addressed.

  • Health Education Curriculum Design and Development+

    • Students examine various curriculum designs and how curricula is developed for school health education. Students will also examine learning theories and learning styles. Students explore cultural sensitivity and diversity in curriculum design.

  • School Health Leadership and Advocacy+

    • Students examine the role of the school health coordinator, how to direct coordinated school health programs and how health education is integrated into CSH, including concepts identified in the ASCD/CDC Whole Child initiative and contemporary advocacy and health communication issues.

  • Health Education Research and Statistics for Teachers+

    • Students develop skills in research methods appropriate for K-12 teachers including quantitative and qualitative research methods, action research, and locating, interpreting and explaining health education information from professional journal articles, e-books, school reports and other sources of national and global youth health data. Students explore descriptive and inferential statistics, data management and analysis, and understanding and communicating with statistics.

  • School Health Program Planning and Evaluation+

    • Students explore comprehensive school health education program development and evaluation as an ongoing and interrelated process. Special attention is given to school-wide or district-wide programming and evaluation.

  • Contemporary Practices in Health Education Teaching+

    • Students examine issues and trends in health education, particularly within the context of their local and state requirements. Students will focus on primary areas of interest and apply information specific to location, standards and trend. Students will demonstrate their ability to synthesize and apply a variety of concepts from previous coursework within this program.

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