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The DBH is a global, interdisciplinary degree program that offers an innovative curriculum, a hands-on internship in primary care, and an applied research project for domestic and international students.
Clinical concentration students learn how to translate evidence-based practices that are tailored to fit the needs of the local community, patient population, and health care system. Students are prepared to anticipate trends in health care policy and to leverage their expertise in clinical practice, quality of care, population health and health care costs to thrive in the evolving health care marketplace.
The curriculum addresses the problem of poor health outcomes, barriers to patient access, and rising costs by preparing students to achieve the quadruple aim in health care: improved patient experience of care, population health management, cost-savings, and improved team satisfaction. Students learn how to improve the patient experience of care with evidence-based behavioral interventions to address behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety and trauma, lifestyle habits such as smoking, risky alcohol and drug use, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity, and medication nonadherence. Students master population health approaches to patient engagement, stratification and stepped care, and treat to target outcomes. Students learn to demonstrate cost savings and return on investment by developing the business case for integrated care. The student learning experience includes easy access to online articles, videos and web sites, weekly live webinars with faculty experienced in the field, live peer student webinars, and written assignments that parallel the writing used for clinical and business proposals in the real world.
In the culminating project, students use the quality improvement model to solve key problems in primary care, such as how to improve processes and outcomes, reduce waste, and decrease provider stress and burnout.
The internship program is hands-on in a local primary care clinic with in-person consultation by a licensed DBH faculty member in small group webinar format, a site mentor, and emphasis on clinical performance metrics common in the Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization approaches to primary care.
Students may join special research projects or have the opportunity for a semester of study abroad. The faculty are seasoned veterans representing clinical practice, management and applied research in integrated care.
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The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements. Students who wish to be considered for admission will need to submit an application for admission as well as the accompanying supplemental application.