The Doctor of Behavioral Health program offered through the College of Health Solutions prepares you, as master’s–level clinicians, 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.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

The Doctor of Behavioral Health program with a clinical concentration is designed to train master's level clinicians to work effectively in integrated primary care in the evolving marketplace. This concentration includes additional clinical coursework and a 400 hour clinical internship, only available to students who are licensed or license eligible as behavioral, medical, or allied health professionals.

The DBH clinical concentration is an 84–credit doctoral degree (students receive 30–credits towards the program based on if they have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited university) 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 culminating research project that includes a business plan specific to the students’ professional career interests.

The curriculum is focused on healthcare interventions and management for integrated behavioral health programs. The core courses are based on three pillars:

  • medical literacy to understand disease pathophysiology, progression and treatment
  • integrated behavioral interventions that are based on efficiency to engage and effectively treat patients in busy primary care or other medical settings
  • entrepreneurship to help the DBH graduate leverage his or her unique skill set to meet the demands of the 21st century healthcare reform market.

ASU also offers an online Doctor of Behavioral Health (Management) program.

Developing the health workforce of the future:

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to global pressing health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future.

  • In the fall 2016, the College of Health Solutions had 247 Barrett Honors scholars, 146 faculty, 5,813 students and 9 million in research expenditures.
  • Embedded partnerships in the community give students additional resources and networking opportunities including the Mayo Clinic, Barrow Neurological Institute, HonorHealth, Dignity Health, Health Care Sector Partnership and more
  • $9 million in research expenditures


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Faculty in the Doctor of Behavioral Health Program and Integrated Behavioral Health graduate certificates continue to practice and actively engage with the medical community. Faculty highlights include:

  • Joint appointments within the Mayo Clinic
  • Leadership positions within the leading professional organization in integrated behavioral health care, the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
  • Research on the effectiveness of integrated behavioral health in primary care
  • Research on workforce development and training in screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for substance use concerns
  • Ongoing clinical practice and consultation with HonorHealth and the S.H.O.W. Clinic at ASU, among others
  • Partnerships with regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs) related to the development and dissemination of integrated behavioral health curricula across Arizona.
  • International initiatives aimed at assisting in the implementation of integrated behavioral health in South East Asia
  • Diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds

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Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Doctor of Behavioral Health with a clinical concentration have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:


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

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official graduate transcript
  3. Personal statement
  4. Copy of the applicant's license or license eligibility
  5. One professional letter of recommendation
  6. Updated curriculum vitae or resume
  7. Program policies acknowledgements
  8. Video or webcam admission interview (if indicated)
  9. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Applicants with master's degrees in counseling, family therapy, nursing, occupational health, 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.

Licensed and license eligible are terms defining a license to practice issued by a state licensing board (e.g., Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, etc.). Examples include:

  • license eligible master's degree-level behavioral clinician
  • licensed master's degree-level behavioral clinician
  • master's degree-level licensed medical or ancillary health care provider (nurse, dietitian, occupational therapist)

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