The inaugural winter institute has long been anticipated as a highlight of the D.H.Sc. program
Mesa, Ariz. (Vocus) February 25, 2010
In an era when healthcare reform is an ongoing concern for the public, students at A.T. Still University (ATSU) addressed fundamental issues facing today’s healthcare system. ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences(ASHS) launched its first winter institute for its Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.) program February 7-12. Approximately 70 students from across the United States and several international students participated.
The D.H.Sc. is an online program that includes a one-week residential component, known on campus as the winter institute. A post-professional degree designed for master’s prepared healthcare professionals, the D.H.Sc. is one of only three such programs in North America.
“The Doctor of Health Sciences program has far exceeded expectations in its popularity for all health disciplines,” said Program Director Helen Ewing, D.H.Sc., R.N. “We have representation from the majority of disciplines including students from clinical practice, administration, research, and academia, which together comprise this online medical school.”
During the winter institute, students shared their research projects with colleagues and faculty. Example topics included strategies for weight reduction, reduction of medication errors in healthcare, improved diets, workplace wellness programs, and incorporating exercise into daily activities.
The institute provided an opportunity for online students to meet face-to-face and discuss pertinent issues in healthcare with faculty. In addition, the institute afforded a forum for sharing ideas from a multidisciplinary health professions perspective.
“The inaugural winter institute has long been anticipated as a highlight of the D.H.Sc. program,” said Dr. Ewing. “This was an exciting event that allowed professionals from numerous health disciplines to come together and dialogue around theories studied during classes and discuss the application of coursework to their work environment. Students were very excited about the opportunity to come on campus and meet faculty and staff from departments instrumental to the program’s and their success.”
About A.T. Still University
Founded in 1892 as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine, A.T. Still University provides graduate level education in whole person healthcare. Recognized internationally for its integrated approach, ATSU equips students with the knowledge, compassion, and hands-on experience needed to address the body, mind, and spirit. The University now comprises the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, the Arizona School of Health Sciences includes the Transitional Physical Therapy Online, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.