Dear Student and Colleague,
Welcome to the College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU). You are part of a rich history; joining an institution that has educated health professionals since 1892. ATSU instills in students the compassion, experience, and knowledge required to address the whole person and shape healthcare in communities where needs are greatest.
We are pleased you have selected CGHS and assure you we are dedicated to your success. We strive to create a learning-centered environment to support your professional education.
In this catalog, you will find important information related to your educational journey. Please read the catalog carefully so you fully understand CGHS policies and procedures. We also encourage you read the University Student Handbook.
On behalf of CGHS administration, faculty, and staff, I wish you nothing but success throughout your academic endeavors.
All the best,
Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA
Professor and Dean, College of Graduate Health Studies
The Master of Public Health and Master of Public Health with Dental Emphasis degree programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health – 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – 202.789.1050.
CGHS Purpose Statement
The College of Graduate Health Studies is a learning-centered online school, focused on academic excellence. We are dedicated to preparing leaders for socially responsible practice, policy, and scholarly activity to improve prevention initiatives, wellness, and health care delivery to the underserved.
The College of Graduate Health Studies will be the preeminent school for leaders in the health-related industry. We will provide an innovative curriculum facilitated by distinguished faculty and exceptional support staff, that prepares our students to integrate theory into practice to meet the growing needs of domestic and global health and wellness.
Leadership: We value leadership development for our students, faculty, and staff and encourage participation in community and professional service.
Integrity: We value the highest ethical principles of fairness and honesty in all of our interactions.
Scholarship: We value critical thinking and the generation of ideas through innovation and analysis.
Diversity: We value differences among people and their personal and professional perspectives.
Interprofessional education: We value the combined contributions of our educational community and work to achieve an environment of teamwork and collaboration.
Innovation: We value a continual and aggressive push to develop new and efficient mechanisms for learning, teaching, and technological delivery.
A.T. Still University – College of Graduate Health Studies
800 W. Jefferson Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Donald Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBS, MA
Katherine Adler, DHA
Associate Dean, Academics and Assessment
Terry Wise, D Min, PhD, JD
Associate Dean, Online Operations
Executive Assistant to the Dean
CGHS School Policies
The following policies or guidelines apply to all programs at CGHS.
The College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) uses an online admissions system. Please visit https://cghsfastapp.com to access the A. T. Still University common application system. Additional information regarding the program application deadline date, tuition and expenses, and related financial assistance can be found at www.atsu.edu, or by calling 877.626.5577 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.T. Still University is no longer accepting applicants for the online Doctor of Health Education program.
- Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.
- Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH), or the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) students who apply to the Master of Public Health with Dental Emphasis (MPH-DE) or the Master of Public Health-SOMA programs are considered for admission based on their current cumulative ATSU grade point average.
- Students applying to the SOMA-MPH dual degree program are admitted by virtue of being a residential student in good standing.
- Students who withdraw from a program of study, after completing a minimum of 16 credit hours, and apply through for re-entry, will be considered for re-entry based on the cumulative grade point average attained in the program at the time of withdrawal.
- An accredited degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (bachelor’s degree for master’s 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.
- Some degree programs may require experience or credentialing relevant to the field.
- Elements of Success:
- A current resume
- Completion of an essay
- English Proficiency*
- Meeting of technology requirements**
*Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health 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).
- The Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test (iBT), or the Paper Based Test (PBT) is accepted. The following are the minimum required score based on test type:
- CBT – minimum total score of 213: Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section and minimum of 26/Writing Skills section
- iBT – minimum total score of 80: Minimum of 22/Reading Skills section and minimum of 24/Writing Skills section
- PBT – minimum total score of 550: minimum of 57/Reading Skills section and 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. Information is available at http://www.ets.org/toefl. 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
**Technology requirements as outlined at: http://its.atsu.edu/knowledgebase/cghs-technology-requirements/
CGHS Program Transfer
Students who wish to transfer to another academic program within CGHS must apply to that program through Admissions. To apply for admission to another academic program, an applicant must submit an application including an essay and all other supporting documentation (i.e., letters of reference, medical documentation, etc.) to Admissions by the admissions deadline for the semester and block in which a student wishes to enroll. An applicant may also include additional supporting documentation for the admissions committee to consider.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to accept, reject, or defer any application. Applicants are notified following the committee’s decision. Successful applicants are granted a specified time period to notify the Admissions Department of the intention to enroll. After acceptance, matriculation is subject to the satisfactory completion and verification of all academic and admission requirements.
Please refer to the Transfer Credit Policy located in the ATSU Policies section of this catalog. CGHS only accepts up to three courses or 9 credit hours (whichever is less) for transfer.
The Master of Public Health with Dental Emphasis with a Dental Public Health Residency Certificate Program does not accept transfer credits. All residents must earn their MPH with a Dental Emphasis from ATSU while in the 25 month residency.
Selection of Applicants
Applicants are selected by the Admission Committee. The Admissions Committee seeks applicants capable of meeting the academic standards of CGHS. Completed applications, in compliance with minimum admission requirements, are reviewed for academic performance, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, work and life experience, recommendations, and interest in health education, health administration, health sciences, kinesiology, or public health.
A student may request to defer one time prior to matriculation and may not defer for longer than one year. Deferred students will work with an enrollment advisor to coordinate registration for the term in which they wish to return.
Minimal Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation
A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Sciences (ATSU-CGHS) is committed to equal access for all qualified applicants and students. Minimal Technical Standards state expectations of ATSU-CGHS students. The Technical Standards provide sufficient information to allow the candidate to make an informed decision for application. Minimal Technical Standards are a guide for accommodation of students with disabilities. Accommodations can be made for disabilities in some instances, but a student must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. Applicants and current students who have questions regarding the technical standards, or who believe they may need to request academic adjustment(s) in order to meet the standards, are encouraged to contact Learning and Disability Resources. Procedures to apply for academic adjustments are found at the conclusion of this policy.
Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion encompass an authentic understanding and appreciation of difference and, at their core, are based upon the value each human being brings to our society and each person’s access and opportunities to contribute to our University’s cultural proficiency.
ATSU-CGHS admits and matriculates qualified students per the policies found in the CGHS Catalog. ATSU-CGHS prohibits discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual preference or disability. ATSU-CGHS expects all students to meet certain minimal technical standards as set forth herein. The standards reflect what the College of Graduate Health Sciences believes are reasonable expectations of online learning and performing common course work.
Categories of Technical Standards:
Students must be able to read, integrate, analyze, and synthesize data consistently, accurately, and in a timely fashion, as demonstrated by the ability to carry out the activities described below. Students must possess, at a minimum, the skills and abilities outlined in the chart below. The examples mentioned are not intended as a complete list of expectations, but only as samples demonstrating the associated standards.
||Sufficient uncorrected or corrected visual acuity for reading
|Able to read text on computer monitor as well as hard print media suitable to meet the course requirements
||Possess fluent formal and colloquial oral and written English skills
Capable of writing in English effectively
Capable of reading English effectively
|Demonstrate command of the course material to instructor
Understand oral and written lectures, ask questions and understand answers
Explain procedures in writing and discuss results with instructors and fellow students
Complete written course assignments
Participate via the written word in on-line group discussions
||Possess sufficient computer skills to operate computer system
Possess sufficient computer skills to navigate online.
|Demonstrate the ability to navigate in an online environment suitable to meet course requirements.
Able to adjust computer settings
Able to download software, patches, and drivers with minimal or no assistance
||Possess sufficient skills to perform tasks on a computer.
|Able to place and remove information into and from the computer.
|Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative
||Apply knowledge, skills and values learned from course work and life experiences to new situations
To receive, decode, interpret, recall, reproduce and apply information in the cognitive form to solve problems, evaluate work, gauge progress and demonstrate understanding of course material
|Interact in writing with group discussions synthesizing, explaining, and presenting information and conclusions in such a way as to help establish and maintain an active learning environment.
|Behavioral and Social
||Possess the emotional health required for full use of intellectual abilities
Exhibit appropriate behavior, judgment and ethical standards
Develop mature and cooperative relationships with peers, faculty and staff members
|Interact through appropriate electronic, telephone, written and oral communication with peers, faculty and staff members.
Project an image of professionalism.
Work independently on all projects.
Interact professionally, ethically and confidentially with peers, faculty and staff members
Control temper and never perpetrate harassment
Records and communications regarding disabilities and academic adjustments with the Director of Learning and Disability Resources have no bearing on the application process. You may contact the director at Learning and Disability Resources, A. T. Still University of Health Sciences, 800 W. Jefferson Street, Kirksville, MO 63501, email@example.com, or by phone at 660.626.2774.
Applying for Academic Adjustments
The institution remains open to possibilities of human potential and achievement, providing support for students with disabilities. The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the administration of and compliance with the Technical Standards and Academic Adjustments Policy (ATSU Policy #20-110) through the Director of Learning and Disability Resources. Please see the University Student Handbook for information on how to apply for academic adjustments, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditing a Course
CGHS does not allow auditing of courses at this time.
CGHS students earn a letter grade. Grades are assigned by faculty members and are based on the points possible in any given course. CGHS does not round scores. Final grades are posted in the CampusNexus Student Portal 14 days after the last day of the semester block.
||70-79.9% - lowest passing grade
||Indicates the course was repeated and not included in the GPA calculation
||0-69.9% - failure
||Indicates the course was repeated and not included in the GPA calculation
|Grades followed by #
||Indicates grades that are not included in the GPA calculation
CGHS does not round scores. Grades are assigned by faculty members and are based on the points possible in any given course. Final grades are posted in the CampusNexus Portal 14 days after the last day of the semester block.
While it is expected requirements for completion of a course are met at the end of a term, there are times when it is necessary for a student to request an incomplete grade. An incomplete grade may be issued by an instructor if a student presents in writing a rationale for circumstances beyond his or her control that prevented completing the class in a timely fashion and the student completed at least 50% of the assigned coursework at the time of request.
At the time when an incomplete grade is requested, a student must be passing the class with a grade of C or higher. Other than in cases of emergency, this request must be received by the instructor no later than two weeks prior to the end of a term. If an instructor submits an incomplete grade, an “I” shall be entered on the final grade form. An instructor must complete an incomplete grade form on which the conditions for removal of the grade of “I” are specified and the date any missing work must be submitted is included.
In general, an incomplete grade must be removed within two weeks of the end of a term, unless the extenuating circumstances warrant a longer time. A copy of all documentation for removal of an incomplete grade must be submitted to the department chair. It is a student’s responsibility to meet the conditions for the removal of the “I” grade. If there are additional extenuating circumstances, a student may request an extension of the “I” grade; but in no case will an extension be allowed for more than one calendar year following the end of the term in which the “I” grade was granted. If an “I” grade is not changed in one calendar year, it will automatically revert to a grade of F (excluding dissertation-only courses). Students with an outstanding grade of “I” are not eligible to graduate.
Appealing a Grade
Students who wish to file an academic appeal concerning a course grade should visit the Academic Appeals policy located within the ATSU Policies section of the Catalog.
Plagiarism is the presentation of another’s work as if it were one’s original. Proper and complete citation and reference, in accordance with APA style guidelines, is required of all student work. Specific examples of plagiarism include:
- Cutting and pasting or re-entering information from another’s work into a document without correct citation or attribution
- Information is attributed to a source other than the original
- Material authored by someone else is submitted as original work
- Turning in previously prepared work, in part or in whole, is considered self-plagiarism and is unacceptable. In instances where it may be appropriate to include prior work, the student must obtain permission from the instructor to include the prior work.
- Information is properly cited but the paraphrasing is not substantively different from the original source
- Infrequent or missing citations
All assignments submitted for a grade are subject to review for plagiarism. The consequences of plagiarism vary based on whether the incident is a first, second, or third occurrence.
First occurrence: A first instance of plagiarism is generally believed to result from a lack of familiarity and inexperience using APA guidelines and is perceived as a misuse of sources.
The sanctions for a first offense generally are, but not limited to:
- Required completion of the University Writing Center’s Proper use of Resources tutorial
- A grade of zero on the assignment
- Resubmission of the assignment for a reduced grade
- Students who choose not to participate in the tutorial or fail to complete the tutorial will receive a grade of zero on the assignment
Second occurrence: A second occurrence of plagiarism is a more serious academic offense and is not attributed to naiveté, ignorance of guidelines, or a misunderstanding of what constitutes acceptable graduate scholarship at ATSU.
The sanction for a second plagiarism offense is, but is not limited, to:
- A grade of F in the course
Third occurrence: A third occurrence of plagiarism is seen as a student’s chronic inability or refusal to produce acceptable graduate-level scholarship.
The sanction for a third plagiarism offense is, but is not limited, to:
- Expulsion from the university
If a student fails to meet the 3.0 cumulative GPA, he or she will be placed on academic probation. There are two phases of academic probation.
Phase I Academic Probation:
- Student is limited to a maximum of two courses per semester
- Student’s cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 or above at the end of the probationary semester
- If a student receives a grade of W during the probationary semester, he or she automatically fails to meet the requirements of probation
If a student meets the requirements of the probationary period, he or she is removed from academic probation and returned to good academic standing. CGHS students in poor academic standing when withdrawing from all courses in a semester block are required to petition the program chair for re-entry.
Phase II Petition Academic Probation:
If a student fails to meet the requirements of Phase I Academic Probation, Phase II is not automatically granted. Requirements for this phase include:
- Student must petition the department chair or program chair in writing within 5 days of notification
- Student is limited to two courses per block
- If a student receives a grade of W during the probationary semester, he or she automatically fails to meet the requirements of probation.
- Student’s cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 or higher at the end of the probationary semester
- Students must meet any additional criteria outlined by a program chair during the Phase II academic probation term.
If a student meets the requirements of the probationary period, the student returns to good academic standing.
Students on Phase I probation who do not meet probation requirements and fail to request Phase II probation will be administratively withdrawn from a program of study. Students denied Phase II probation or who fail to meet requirements on Phase II probation may be dismissed from a program of study.
CGHS students who are finished with all coursework and completing culmination projects (practicum, dissertation, applied research project, doctoral research project, etc.) must maintain continuous enrollment until completion of all graduation requirements. Students will be assessed a continuous enrollment charge for each semester block that the student maintains enrollment until all degree requirements are completed. More information on the University’s continuous enrollment process may be found under the Enrollment Status Definitions within the ATSU Policy section.
Course(s) or Program of Study Withdrawal
Students who have been inactive one semester may resume their program of study by contacting their Academic Advisor and registering for courses prior to the registration deadline.
CGHS students who are not registered for courses in a semester are considered in Incomplete-Withdraw status and must register for courses in the following semester or be administratively withdrawn from the program. In most instances, students withdrawn from ATSU, regardless of the reason, must apply for re-admission and fall under the most recent academic catalog and admission requirements.
CGHS students in poor academic standing when withdrawing from all courses in a semester block are required to petition the program chair for re-entry.
A degree is awarded at the end of the semester following completion of requirements. Attending commencement is not required but highly recommended. Students who only have one registered block of coursework to complete may participate in the graduation ceremony under the following guidelines:
- Students who only have one registered block of coursework to complete
- Dissertation Only Students (DHA & DHEd): The student has obtained committee approval of Dissertation Chapter 3 and Institutional Board Review approval
- Practicum Only Students: The student has identified a practicum site, the practicum supervisor is in place, and the practicum plan (with an anticipated completion date in the next block) is approved.
The official graduation date on the transcript and diploma will be the last day of the semester.
The following items must be completed in order to request a final transcript or verification letter:
- Cumulative GPA 3.0
- Credit earned in all required courses (to earn credit for a course a student must earn a grade of C or higher)
- Zero financial balance is determined by the Controller’s Office
- Exit interview with Financial Services (if student received financial aid at ATSU)
- Graduate exit survey completed
- Any programmatic specific graduation requirements
Students at CGHS are expected to complete a degree in a program’s standard plan of study. Students will have a maximum degree completion timeline of five years for a master’s program and seven years for a doctoral program from the time of initial enrollment. Failure to complete a degree program in the time allowed may negate some or all previously earned degree credits.
Academic Standards, Guidelines, and Requirements
In order to maintain good academic standing, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Academic standing is evaluated after the Fall and Spring semesters.
Please see the ATSU Policies section of this catalog for the University policy on student absences. In addition to the University policy, CGHS requires the following:
As a student in an online program, it is expected you participate in all class activities every week. The academic week is from 12:00 AM Arizona time Monday morning through 11:59 PM Arizona time the following Sunday. Participation and attendance are defined as having completed one or more of the activities required in any week. These include:
- Participate in the class discussion
- Submit a paper
- Complete a quiz or examination
- Complete some other assignment as presented in the course syllabus
If a student does not complete any activities during the first week of class, he/she will be administratively withdrawn. Throughout the remainder of the course, if a student does not participate during a week, he/she may be contacted by the instructor. If non-participation continues for two consecutive weeks, an academic advisor will contact a student. If non-participation continues for three weeks, the department chair and an academic advisor will again contact the student. Four weeks of no participation or attendance may result in a student being removed from a class.
The book list is posted on the ATSU portal four weeks prior to the start of a semester block. Students should order books from this list only for the new semester block.
It is a requirement that students have all required books the first day of class. Students may purchase books from any bookstore.
Students are granted Blackboard course access one week prior to the first day of class.
The institution has the right to cancel a course. Any student enrolled prior to a course cancellation will receive a full refund of tuition paid.
Inclement Weather Policy
In the event a major weather occurrence prevents a student from accessing a class, instructors will work with the student to set reasonable accommodations to accept assignments after a due date. Instructors may request documentation from a student if a weather occurrence is not widespread.
Late Assignment Policy
Late work is not accepted without prior approval of your instructor. Failure to obtain approval before the due date may result in a zero for the assignment.
Should the institution cancel a program, currently enrolled students are permitted to complete a program before it is discontinued. No new students are permitted to enroll in a program the institution has cancelled.
ProgramsDoctor of Education
Doctor of Health Administration
Doctor of Health Education
Doctor of Health Sciences
Master of Health Administration
Master of Public Health (and certificate)
Master of Science