DBH Behavioral Health at ASU's College of Health Solutions

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Doctor of Behavioral Health

Lead the movement for integrated health care.

An emerging approach to patient-centered care is the integration of medical and behavioral health care. Integrating behavioral care with medical care helps achieve the Quadruple Aim:


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Improved patient experience Better population health Reduced cost of care Improved work life for the health care team

The Doctor of Behavioral Health program at ASU’s College of Health Solutions prepares current clinicians and health care managers to advance their careers, while meeting the demand for team-based approaches to integrated care within an evolving health marketplace. With a doctorate in behavioral health, you can build the skills and competencies you need to transform health care systems. The online Doctor of Behavioral Health degree offers education from high-caliber faculty using an innovative curriculum — all to develop you into a leader who can employ and promote evidence-based, efficient and cost-effective models of accountable care delivery that improve health outcomes. Two concentrations — clinical and management — provide distinct pathways for you, depending on your interests in working with patients or improving operations. Multiple entry points throughout the calendar year, local internships and online learning give maximum flexibility to students who want an impactful career elevating the patient and provider experience.


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Doctor of Behavioral Health programs

Management core courses

With two concentrations available for clinical or management training, you can work directly with patients or help organizations integrate behavioral health care into their business operations. In both concentrations, 30 credit hours from a previously awarded master’s degree can be applied toward the required 84 program credits, leaving 54 credits to be earned with the DBH. Before embarking on specialized learning around clinical or management needs, you’ll have core classes to develop a foundation in integrated behavioral health. Note: The DBH program does not offer a pathway to clinical licensure.

· HCD 602 Health Informatics for Health Care Professionals · IBC 601 Models of Integrated Primary Care · IBC 626 Behavioral Health Management · IBC 630 Financial Management of Health Care · IBC 660 Health Care Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues · IBC 740 Integrated Behavioral Interventions, Cost Savings, Medical Cost Offset and Return on Investment

Management internship

Required core courses for both tracks

In your internship, you will work directly with a management team in a medical-related facility that focuses on integrated behavioral health. The insights you gain from 240 internship hours will guide you as you develop, implement and present several business case studies that address the site’s efforts to support integrated care delivery. One of those case studies will be more fully developed as a management project in which you will assess the cost savings and return on investment of one program or service.

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HCD 501 Biostatistics and Data Management IBC 586 Behavioral Health Professional Writing Style IBC 611 Population-Based Health Management IBC 614 Quality and Performance Measurement, Improvement and Incentives · IBC 718 Health Care Systems: Organization, Delivery and Economics · IBC 720 Behavioral Health Entrepreneurship You will also take several electives, allowing you to design your educational experience. Following your crucial hands-on internship, you will finish with an applied project.

Applied project In both concentrations, you will finish your studies with a culminating project. You will use the quality improvement model to work on a problem in a medical setting, such as improving inefficiencies and outcomes, reducing waste or decreasing provider burnout. Your project allows you to make a tangible impact on integrated behavioral health, firming up your knowledge and your confidence in applying that knowledge.

Clinical core courses · IBC 601 Models of Integrated Primary Care · IBC 603 Brief Interventions in Primary Care · IBC 604 Clinical Medicine/Pathopharmacology for the Behavioral Care Provider · IBC 609 Clinical Neuropathophysiology

Clinical internship As a DBH clinical intern, you will see patients for behavioral health concerns in primary care settings, freeing the physicians you support to help a greater number of patients. Your 400 internship hours, including at least 160 hours of direct patient contact, will provide you ample time to use the latest evidence-based approaches in behavioral health care. As a member of the team, you will be a consultant who provides patient care and supports efforts to deliver effective lifestyle behavior strategies and implement population health management initiatives.

The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University translates scientific health research and discovery into practice. Its programs prepare students to address the challenges facing our populations to stay healthy, improve their health, and manage chronic disease — all toward improving health outcomes.

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