Online Doctor of Behavioral Health – Clinical

Prepare for a successful career in the modern healthcare industry with a Doctor of Behavioral Health with a clinical concentration from the College of Health Solutions. The DBH degree program with a clinical concentration is designed to support master’s-level clinicians by offering advanced learning opportunities in behavioral interventions, medical literacy and entrepreneurship. 

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 18

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 84

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What is a clinical DBH degree?

The doctorate in behavioral health with a clinical concentration program can provide clinicians with the training and insight needed to pursue advanced careers in today’s integrated primary care environments. This clinical concentration features specialized coursework that focuses on teaching evidence-based behavioral interventions, along with a 400-hour internship for students who are licensed (or license eligible) as behavioral, medical or allied health professionals.

The DBH degree with a clinical concentration is an 84-credit doctoral program offered through ASU Online. It is uniquely tailored to graduates who want to take on leadership roles in integrated care. The curriculum includes synchronous (live) and asynchronous learning opportunities, giving you the ability to set your own schedule and collaborate with classmates and instructors in real time. Alongside the ASU Online courses, students have access to live webinars with faculty members and internship opportunities in practical healthcare settings.

 

What will I learn in a doctorate of behavioral health program?

 

This doctorate of behavioral health with a clinical concentration covers both healthcare interventions and management strategies for integrated behavioral health programs. The core curriculum is built around three pillars of education:

  • Medical literacy: Understand the nuances of disease pathophysiology, progression and treatment.
  • Integrated behavioral interventions: Learn how to effectively engage and treat patients in primary care and other medical settings.
  • Entrepreneurship: Leverage your unique skill set to meet the demands of the 21st century healthcare market.

ASU also offers a Doctor of Behavioral Health with a management concentration, 100% online, for those interested in administrative roles. If you’re unsure about what behavioral health career path to take, review this article comparing the differences between the management and clinical concentration

Does my doctorate in behavioral health say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Doctor of Behavioral Health. Your clinical concentration will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

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What you’ll learn through the ASU Online doctorate in behavioral health with a clinical concentration

The DBH degree with a clinical concentration program offers you a range of specialized courses that provide targeted instruction on key topics in behavioral health and clinical work, including:

Required

Population-Based Health Management


Required

Quality and Performance Measurement, Improvement, and Incentives


Required

Healthcare Systems: Organization, Delivery and Economics


Required

Behavioral Health Entrepreneurship


Concentration

Models of Integrated Primary Care


Concentration

Brief Interventions in Primary Care


Concentration

Clinical Medical/Pathophysiology


Concentration

Psychopharmacology for the Behavioral Care Provider


What can you do with a behavioral health degree?

Graduates of the ASU Online doctorate in behavioral health with a clinical concentration can pursue a variety of career opportunities throughout the healthcare sector, such as:

Behavioral health consultant

Behavioral health provider

Healthcare consultant

Clinical manager

Health coach

Health educator

Prestigious faculty

As a student in the DBH degree program, you’ll benefit from distinguished faculty members who continue to practice and actively engage with the medical community. They’ll provide you with applicable perspectives on behavioral health and clinical methods. Faculty highlights include:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Prestigious faculty

As a student in the DBH degree program, you’ll benefit from distinguished faculty members who continue to practice and actively engage with the medical community. They’ll provide you with applicable perspectives on behavioral health and clinical methods. Faculty highlights include:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the DBH degree program must have a master’s degree (in any field) from a regionally accredited institution, and must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions. Additionally, candidates must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor’s degree program or in their applicable master's degree education. 

Application requirements

Licensing

Developing the health workforce of the future

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to pressing global health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future. Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more. 

6,500+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$14.5 million


in research expenditures.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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