Master in Public Health – Dental Emphasis (MPH-D)

General

Program Description

This 100% online program prepares graduates to become seasoned professionals in the field of public health. The focus is to create elite healthcare professionals who are prepared and driven to make a difference and lead the future of public health.

This program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is ranked #1 Online Public Health Master’s Degree by bestcolleges.com.

  • Chair: Mary-Katherine Smith, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH
  • Credits: 48
  • Cost/Credit: $638
  • Total Cost: $30,624
  • Length: 2 years on average (5-year max)

Overview

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 educational experience.

The 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.

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.

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.

Chair

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

Dr. Smith 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. Smith 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 in Quality Matters.

Prior to becoming a full-time academic, Dr. Smith 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. Smith 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. Smith’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. Smith lives in Texas with family.

Curriculum

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.

ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies provides broad training, integrated online instruction, directed readings, email and chat room interactions. The University’s mission-driven, context-based curriculum design assesses student learning through authentic embedded assessments.

See more about the curriculum and course options on our website.

Admission Requirements

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.

Applicants must submit an official transcript from the qualifying degree-granting institution exhibiting the following:

  • An accredited bachelor's degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
    • Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.

For students using VA benefits, transcripts for all institutions attended are required.

Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.

If English is NOT your first language, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies via TOEFL exam.

Last updated June 2018

About the School

A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. As a leading health sciences university, ATSU is comprised of two campus ... Read More

A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. As a leading health sciences university, ATSU is comprised of two campuses (Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.) on more than 200 acres with six prestigious schools. Learning environments include residential and online healthcare related graduate degrees as well as community-based partnerships worldwide. ATSU has more than 700 employees dedicated to its not-for-profit mission and an average annual enrollment of over 3,100 students from 35 countries. Read less