Doctor of Behavioral Health
Nicholas A. Cummings Behavioral Health Program
Arizona State University’s Nicholas A. Cummings Doctor of Behavioral Health Program (DBH) prepares the master’s–level clinician or healthcare manager for the newly transformed medical care marketplace, one in which evidence–based, cost–effective behavioral interventions replace treatment that results in undercare, overcare or misuse.
Why is this transformation occurring, and how does it affect those seeking careers in behavioral health? Experts agree that behavioral modification can play a significant role in improving patient health while reducing medical costs. As a result, there is a growing demand for professionals with a behavioral health degree–master’s–level clinicians and managers who have a deep understanding of the primary care environment, evidence–based intervention, healthcare policy and financing, best business practices, and more.
Arizona State University, in partnership with integrated behavioral care pioneer Nicholas A. Cummings, now offers this highly specialized behavioral health program—a Doctor of Behavioral Health—entirely online. It is available in two curriculum tracks: a clinical track and a management track. Both options are cohort based, 54 credit hour program with courses offered in 7.5 week terms.
The DBH curriculum and internship are designed to not only meet the needs of the marketplace, but, more importantly, to prepare the next generation of behavioral health specialists to excel in the emerging behavioral health field.
The faculty at Arizona State University receives international acclaim, and has significant expertise and experience in behavioral health education. They blend evidence–based behavioral interventions, medical literacy, health systems, and entrepreneurship instruction in order to meet the needs of the reform–driven marketplace. Faculty strive to immerse students in collaborative relationships and graduate clinicians who will deliver and document interventions that produce clinical and functional improvement, patient and provider satisfaction, and cost savings by decreasing overuse of medical resources and lost productivity to employers.
Designed for master’s–level clinicians or health care managers trying to balance work, family and education, the behavioral health degree program is smart and flexible.