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Clinical Concentration Curriculum

Core (Required) Courses (36 credits)

** Unless otherwise noted, all DBH courses are offered in a 7.5 week format ** 

A total of 54 credits are required to graduate

IBC 601 - Models of Integrated Primary Care (previously offered as IBC 701) - This course provides an overview of the primary care environment as well as current models of integrated primary behavioral healthcare. Models of healthcare are reviewed and critiqued based on their success in impacted patient health outcomes and improving physician satisfaction, along with fiscal and care delivery systems for each. (3 credits)

IBC 603 - Brief Interventions in Primary Care (previously offered as IBC 702) - This course provides an overview of evidence-based care for the integrated primary care environment. In particular, this course will review and apply the most common approaches to addressing co-morbid behavioral and medical conditions, including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. (3 credits)

IBC 604 - Clinical Medical Pathophysiology - Overview of pathophysiology and medical treatment of common medical conditions in primary care (e.g., diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, asthma, cancer, etc.). Emphasis on pathophysiology, common medical treatments, and common co-morbid behavioral conditions. (3 credits; 15-week format)

IBC 608 - Psychopharmacology for the Behavioral Care Provider - Overview of psychopharmacology, in order to equip the behavioral care provider with the understanding of medications effects/side-effects necessary to make prescription recommendations to prescribers in primary care settings. (3 credits; 15-week format)

IBC 609 - Clinical Neuropathophysiology - Basic understanding of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and development, course and prognosis for pathophysiological processes. (3 credits; 15-week format)

IBC 611 - Population-based Health Management (previously offered as IBC 712) - Epidemiology and trends in medical/behavioral utilization/cost. Disease management for chronic conditions. Predictive modeling, clinical decision support, and stepped-care models. Psychology of patient engagement and retention strategies. Measurement of medical cost-offset and return on investment. Technology (e-mail, web tools) in disease management. (3 credits)

IBC 614 - Quality and Performance Measurement, Improvement and Incentives (previously offered as 714) - Design, implementation and evaluation of health-care research design based on principles of Total Quality Management, performance measurement and value-based medicine. Oversight and accreditation agencies. Pay for performance incentives in health care. (3 credits)

IBC 684 - Internship [course name effective Spring 2016] - Clinical hands-on internship experience that allows the student to apply skills in an integrated behavioral healthcare setting. Students are required to enroll in three credits of the internship program twice during their time in the DBH program and complete 400 hours on-site at their internship location. Students are also strongly encouraged to have completed IBC 604 and IBC 608 prior to enrolling in internship. Prerequisites: IBC 601 - Models of Integrated Primary Care, IBC 603 - Brief Interventions in Primary Care, and IBC 793 Culminating Project (CP) (1st credit of CP is completed prior to beginning internship and 2nd credit of CP is concurrent). (6 credits total ; 15-week format)

IBC 718 - Healthcare Systems: Organization, Delivery, and Economics - Understanding of health-care systems, policy, economics and finance. Focus on hospitals, primary and ambulatory care. Effective consultation within complex, multi-tiered organizations with diverse stakeholders. Principles of strategic consultation incorporating clinical, business, psychological, interpersonal and organizational factors. (3 credits)

IBC 720 - Behavioral Health Business Entrepreneur - Characteristics and psychology of successful entrepreneurs. Writing and presenting a business plan. Basic accounting/finance. Business law and government regulation. Venture capital and investment. Small business start-up. Return on investment/medical cost offset. (3 credits)

IBC 793 - Culminating Project - Applied research paper focused on design, implementation and evaluation of a clinical intervention in a primary care or related setting. Focus on clinical outcomes, quality improvement, and evidence-based research on behavior change and psychological processes. Students are required to enroll in three 15-week, 1-credit sections of this course throughout their tenure of the DBH program to assist in the development, implementation, and completion of their project. (3 credits total; 15-week session)

Elective Course (Choose any 6 for a total of 18 credits)

IBC 590 - Professional Writing Skills - Given the increased focus on written communication in the age of technology, this course will focus on enhancing students’ writing skills. This one credit course will have a particular focus on the nuances of APA style and solid literature reviews, both critical skills for the Culminating Project (3 credits)

IBC 598 - Motivational Interviewing - Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, goal oriented, evidence based, method of communication and care delivery which can be utilized to strengthen and build relationships, collaboration, and motivations toward positive behavior change. Students will develop and practice the core skills of motivational interviewing through engaging in dialogues, didactics, and vignettes orchestrated to support brief evidence based approaches in health care settings for eliciting and strengthening intrinsic motivation for positive change. (3 credits)

IBC 602 - Healthcare Statistics - Overview of statistical methods and applications to behavioral health. This course is focused on providing students with the requisite knowledge to analyze and report on the data for their Culminating Projects. Students are strongly encouraged to take this course, particularly if they are not currently comfortable with analyzing data utilizing either Excel or SPSS. (3 credits)

IBC 610 - Behavioral and Psychological Assessment in Primary Care - Behavioral and Psychological Assessment in Primary Care - Overview of principles of measurement (e.g., validity, reliability), screening and diagnosis in primary care settings, focus on depression, anxiety, chronic health conditions, and quality of life. Students are recommended to take this course in order to assist with the identification of measurement tools for use in their Culminating Project. (3 credits)

IBC 624 - Integrated Behavioral Health for Children and Adolescents - Overview of common presenting problems for children and adolescents in primary care. Review of strategies and techniques for working with children and adolescents, including application of evidence-based approaches. (3 credits)

IBC 634 - Behavior Change Strategies and Techniques in Primary Care - Major theories, strategies and techniques of behavior change for lifestyle and medication adherence problems that contribute to poor health outcome. Focus on nutrition, activity/exercise, and smoking cessation. (3 credits)

IBC 640 - Families and Couples in Primary Care - Covers advanced principles of evidence-based integrated behavioral care in primary care and other medical settings. Develops evidence-based approaches in the assessment and treatment of families and couples and deepens and expands the skills in specific applications of assessment and treatment modalities for adults. (3 credits)

IBC 660 - Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Health Care - Overview of legal, ethical and professional issues specific to the behavioral clinician in health care. Topics include ethical issues in e-Health, communication in an integrated care setting, and common ethical concerns of integrated healthcare settings. (3 credits)

IBC 670 - Integrated Care for Substance Use Disorders - Review of evidence based approaches to working with substance use and misuse in the primary care clinic. Particular emphasis is placed on screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) and motivational interviewing approaches. (3 credits)

IBC 690 - Readings & Conference - Oftentimes, DBH students identify specialized areas of interest that are outside the scope of the standard curriculum. The addition of a Readings & Conference course will allow students to partner with a faculty member of their choice in order to individualize their training plan (1 credit)

IBC 650 - Veteran’s Health – his course will provide an introduction to the military/veteran culture and the integrated healthcare needs and management concerns related to this unique population.

IBC 691 - Global Integrated Health – This course provides a comparative evaluation of integrated behavioral healthcare delivery internationally. Specific attention will be focused on five national healthcare systems across the globe, including China, Southeast Asia, and the United Kingdom. The political, cultural, health system, financial, and related factors that influence and shape the development and delivery of integrated behavioral health services will be reviewed. Students will develop the professional skills necessary to effectively participate in efforts to design, deliver, and evaluate integrated behavioral healthcare internationally.

IBC 691 - Leadership in Healthcare - Leadership, management and organizational behavior in healthcare settings. Organizational behavior theories and concepts related to leadership. Uniqueness of structures, processes and interactions in integrated care programs and how to adopt these to medical settings. Communication skills, teamwork and collaboration. Current challenges to leadership in Healthcare reform.

IBC 728 - Cultural Diversity, Health and Illness - Focus on the relationship between cultural diversity, health and illness, healthcare disparities and multicultural psychotherapy in primary care and other healthcare settings. The objective is to prepare behavioral clinicians to use effective psychotherapy informed by cultural diversity in primary care and related medical settings (3 credits)

IBC 780 - Psychosomatic Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment - Taught by Dr. David Clarke, a renowned gastroenterologist, this course focuses on the phenomenon of medically unexplained symptoms with psychological underpinnings (1 credit)

IBC 780 - Integrative Medicine - This course will focus on the emerging field of integrative medicine. Integrative medicine, often referred to as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is an increasingly acknowledged field within medicine, and affords a unique opportunity for behavioral health providers to work alongside a variety of providers, including massage therapists, chiropractors, and naturopathic medicine. This course will provide an overview of integrative medicine and its application for behavioral health providers (3 credits).