Management Concentration

Doctor of Behavioral Health Program

The Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) Management Concentration is designed for students ready to seize the opportunity in healthcare reform to design implement and evaluate integrated care delivery systems. The program curriculum is unique in combining healthcare management, models of evidence–based and cost–effective interventions, accountability for clinical and cost outcomes, and entrepreneurship designed to meet the emerging demand for disruptive innovation.

The DBH Management Concentration is an 84–credit doctoral degree (students receive 30–credits towards the program based on their master’s degree) offered through ASU Online that prepares graduates to be future leaders in integrated care. The curriculum includes ASU Online courses that include synchronous (live) chat with instructors and students, internship training with live streaming video consultation with experts in the field, and a capstone research project that includes a business plan specific to the students’ professional career interests.

The DBH Management Concentration Curriculum is unique in that it focuses on:

  1. Integrated behavioral health program design to meet the "Triple Aim" of improved patient experience of care, better clinical outcomes, and reduced over-utilization and cost of care
  2. Quality and performance measurement to meet the needs of the new Accountable Care Organization model and improve the efficiency of health care delivery
  3. Business entrepreneurship that enables students to maximize earning potential by identifying and filling organizational and/or market demands

The core courses set the foundation for success in the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs designed to simultaneously improve clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare utilization and costs. Students may choose from a wide variety of elective courses based on their unique professional aspirations. DBH management elective courses build upon the core courses with specialization in consultation, contract negotiation and continuous quality improvement. Students may also take additional elective courses from the Master of Healthcare Innovation degree program. Lastly, the core and elective courses from the DBH Clinical Concentration are also available to DBH Management students. This flexibility offers students the opportunity to develop a highly specialized plan of study best suited to their professional situation.

Management Core (Required) Courses (36 credit hours)

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 684 – Internship
Clinical hands–on internship experience that allows the student to apply management skills in an integrated behavioral healthcare setting. The course is small group format with live video streaming and is designed as a management consultation course. Students typically enroll in a 3 credit hour course in the 15–week semester format that is offered in the fall or spring semester only. Students are required to spend a total of 200 hours dedicated to the internship training experience. A minimum of 120 hours of the required 200 hours must be spent in–person on the internship site. This works out to an average of 8 hours per week in–person. The minimum 120 hours on site should include time spent in consultation, attending and observing meetings, and reviewing and collecting data. Prerequisites: IBC 701 - Models of Integrated Primary Care, IBC 780 - Behavioral Healthcare Management, IBC 793 - Culminating Project (CP) (1st CP credit completed and concurrent with 2nd CP credit). (3 credit hours; 15–week semester format during fall or spring semesters only)
IBC 691/716 – Healthcare Information Management
Overview of the electronic health record (EHR) in medicine. Data mining the EHR for utilization, diagnostic and demographic data. Key quality indicators and predictive modeling. Integrating eHealth and mHealth behavior change resources in practice management. Behavioral health outcomes management. (3 credits)
IBC 691/730 – Financial Management in Healthcare
Apply financial, economic and cost–effectiveness analyses in healthcare. Financial management of integrated health management programs in medical settings. Budget planning, processes and outcomes. Healthcare accounting. Capitol planning. Third–party rate setting, compliance and reporting. Healthcare reform: Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Pay for Performance (P4P) incentive models. (3 credits)
IBC 691/740 – Cost Offset and ROI
Survey of evidence for integrated behavioral interventions that have demonstrated cost savings and return on investment. Epidemiology, cost and population health management model for co–morbid medical and behavioral conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, diabetes and hypertension). Cardiovascular risk factors in prevention, disease management and healthcare costs. Therapeutic lifestyle change and projected cost savings. Role of eHealth and mHealth resources in developing efficiencies in healthcare delivery. Cost, cost–savings, and return on investment analyses. (3 credits)
IBC 701 – Models of Integrated Primary Care
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 712 – Population–based Health Management
Epidemiology and trends in medical/behavioral utilization/cost. Preventions and disease management for chronic conditions. Predictive modeling, clinical decision support, and stepped–care models. 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 714 – Quality and Performance Measurement, Improvement and Incentives
Design, implementation and evaluation of health–care research design based on principles of Total Quality Management, performance measurement and value–based medicine. Quality oversight and accreditation. Key quality metrics. Pay for performance incentives in health care. (3 credits)
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 724 – Behavioral Healthcare Management
Roles and responsibilities of behavioral healthcare manager. Behavioral health in the Accountable Care Organization. Social, political and business climate forces in management strategy. How to develop, implement and evaluate integrated behavioral health programs in medical settings. Overview of leadership, motivation, organizational behavior, planning, information technology, finance, recruitment and management of healthcare professionals.
IBC 793 – Culminating Project
Applied research paper focused on design, implementation and evaluation of a clinical, management, quality improvement, financial or other integrated care management project in a primary care or related medical setting. Focus on clinical outcomes, quality improvement, and evidence–based research. 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)

Management Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

IBC 691/725 – Effective Consultation in Behavioral Health
How to leverage the role of the behavioral health clinician and manager in medical settings. Problems with current “system of care” for behavioral and co–morbid medical conditions and demand for new models. Models of healthcare integration. Role of the PCP as leader. Role of the Behavioral Care Provider and manager in shaping healthcare delivery. Effective engagement strategies and techniques for interaction with healthcare professionals (e.g., PCP, allied health, supervisors and managers, quality improvement, finance and actuaries, CFO’s and CEO’s). (3 credits)
IBC 691/732 – 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. (3 credits)

Students are also encouraged to explore elective courses from the Clinical Concentration of the DBH Program the School of the Science of Healthcare Delivery and Master’s of Healthcare Innovation. DBH Students must contact SHCD and MHI directly for information on how to register for classes offered in these units.

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