Doctor of Behavioral Health Program

March 5-7, 2018 | Scottsdale, AZ

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Degree Programs

The Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) and Master of Integrated Health Care (MIHC) programs prepare graduates to deliver integrated behavioral care treatment programs in primary care and other medical settings. Integrated health care programs have emerged as a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and are ideally suited to the emerging Patient-Centered Primary Care Medical Home (PCPCMH) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) models of primary care. A key objective of health care reform is to achieve the “triple aim” of improved individual patient experience of care, interventions that target entire populations of patients, and treatment programs that reduce utilization and associated health care costs. The DBH and MIHC curricula are designed explicitly to achieve these goals. The Physician Continuing Medical Education online course series “Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Strategies, Techniques and Tools for Success and Sustainability” is designed to educate physicians, allied health, and behavioral health professionals on key aspects of integrated behavioral health programs in primary care. Our first course “Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care: What’s in it for the Primary Care Physician?”  is available now! 

DBH Highlights

The DBH program reflects a paradigm shift to a curriculum based on:

  • Business entrepreneurship skills, such as writing a business plan, marketing and return on investment specific to health care.
  • Evidence-based behavioral interventions for primary care that are efficient and contribute to cost savings by reducing unnecessary medical care services and costs.
  • Health care systems, policy, economics and finance, to respond to emerging opportunities in health care reform.
  • Medical literacy, to understand common medical conditions seen in primary care and consult effectively with the medical team.
  • Two degree concentrations: Clinical or Management Concentration to best meet the professional goals of each student.
  • Hands-on internship training experience in primary care or related medical settings.
  • Flexible "course carousel" model in which students can develop a plan of study ranging from full-time accelerated to part-time based on their work-life balance and needs.

MIHC Highlights

The MIHC curriculum is based on multiple interrelated domains specific to integrated health care:

  • The Patient Centered Primary Care Medical Home and other integrated health care systems and models. Students learn and develop integrated care program models designed to meet the triple aim of healthcare.
  • Leadership, Team-building and care coordination, to build readiness to lead healthcare organizations toward integrated care and readiness for healthcare reform.
  • Big data and business intelligence, to develop skills in identifying, utilizing, and responding to data for healthcare improvement and delivery.
  • Population management-based interventions, engaging students in building skills for program improvement and development to improve the health of populations.
  • Customer-centered care, ensuring care is delivered with sensitivity, evidence, and competency inclusive of the patient, their family, and the community.
  • Business operations and process improvement tools to improve efficiency, reliability, effectiveness, measuring and monitoring, and standardization.
  • Financial management for integrated healthcare delivery inclusive of quality metrics, planning, reporting, and analysis.

Physician CME Highlights

  • Why should you integrate care?
  • What is the Primary Care Behavioral Health model?
  • What is the right approach for your practice?
  • What should you expect from an integrated behavioral health provider?
  • What improved outcomes should you expect?


Graduate Programs

Behavioral Health (Clinical), DBH

Behavioral Health (Clinical), DBH

The DBH with a clinical concentration is an innovative program that provides behavioral health, allied health and medical providers with specific training on integrated primary care. Its unique curriculum focuses on three primary areas: medical literacy, to enhance collaboration with medical providers; evidence-based interventions, for the primary medical setting; and entrepreneurship, in order to comprehensively address the evolving needs of the health care system.

Behavioral Health (Management), DBH

Behavioral Health (Management)

The DBH with a concentration in management is an innovative doctoral degree program that provides current and aspiring health care managers with training that addresses integrated medical and behavioral health care.

The unique curriculum focuses on health care policies and delivery systems; quality improvement strategies for achieving the Triple Aim (i.e., improve patient experience, improve population health outcomes, and reduce health care costs); and the entrepreneurship skills needed to address the evolving needs of the health care system.

Integrated Health Care, MIHC

The MIHC program is designed to prepare graduates to develop, implement, evaluate and sustain integrated care programs in health care settings. Integrated behavioral care is the delivery of coordinated, integrated care for medical and behavioral conditions and the lifestyle behavior changes necessary for improved disease prevention and management.