Behavioral Health (Management), DBH

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This innovative doctoral degree program provides current and aspiring health care managers with training on integrated health care management.

Integrated health care is the team-based, coordinated treatment of medical, lifestyle and behavioral conditions.

The DBH program addresses a wide range of behavioral health issues impacting at-risk populations, from lifestyle to mental health to substance abuse, social determinants of health and health disparities. It focuses on integrated health management in primary care, especially in the patient-centered medical home and accountable care organization models. Integrated care is an excellent fit for other settings such as hospitals, emergency departments, specialty care, health plans, workplace wellness, educational and traditional mental health, and substance use disorder treatment settings called bidirectional integration. The Doctor of Behavioral Health is a global, interdisciplinary program with curriculum and programs that enables both domestic and international students to translate management practices tailored to local health system geography, culture and policy.

The unique curriculum focuses on three areas: integrated behavioral health program design, quality and performance measurement, and business entrepreneurship. Graduates of the management concentration are positioned to achieve the Quadruple Aim in health care: improved patient experience of care, population health management, cost-savings and improved health care team experience. The curriculum emphasizes direct management or administration within medical settings, improving quality of care through population health management, and building and sustaining integrated care programs. The curriculum includes emerging health technologies such as integrated health measures in electronic health records, mobile health apps and wearable technology to facilitate and assist with tracking health behavior change, big data and analytics.

Behavioral health doctoral graduates are expected to apply entrepreneurship concepts and skills to promote integrated health programs with key stakeholders, such as medical directors and chief executive officers. Graduates of the management concentration choose careers such as integrated care practice managers and choose leadership positions in integrated care delivery systems, health plans and managed care organizations as well as integrated care industry consultants.

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Behavioral Health (Management), DBH

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Requirements

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.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the applicable master's degree.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. one professional letter of recommendation
  5. updated curriculum vitae or resume
  6. program policies acknowledgements
  7. video or webcam admissions interview (if indicated)
  8. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Applicants with master's degrees in business administration, public health, nursing, counseling, health care administration and social work, among others, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be master's degree-level professionals who are either currently employed or aspire to be employed in a clinical capacity within integrated health care.

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