Prepare for a successful career in the modern health care industry with a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree 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.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
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What is a clinical DBH degree?

The clinical doctorate in behavioral health 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 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 health care settings.

This doctorate in behavioral health covers both health care 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 health care market.

ASU also offers a Doctor of Behavioral Health (Management) program, 100% online, for those interested in administrative roles. If you’re unsure about what behavioral health career path to take, review this comparison between the unique concentrations available at ASU.

Building the future of health care

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty work together to find meaningful answers to some of the most pressing health challenges across the world. This active collaboration is a core tenet of the DBH degree program, as it helps prepare you to make a greater impact as part of the health workforce of the future.

  • In the fall 2019, the College of Health Solutions had 6,758 students, 289 Barrett Honors scholars, 163 faculty members and $14.5 million in research expenditures.
  • 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.


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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:

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


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.

Students with a master’s degree in counseling, family therapy, nursing, occupational health and social work are encouraged to apply, though other fields of study are also considered. The most competitive candidates are master's degree-level professionals who are either currently employed or aspire to work in a clinical capacity in an integrated health care organization.

To apply, you must submit the following:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee.
  2. Official graduate transcript.
  3. Personal statement.
  4. Copy of your license or license eligibility.
  5. One professional letter of recommendation.
  6. Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.

The terms “licensed” and “license eligible” refer to a license to practice, which are issued by state licensing boards like the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and the Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners. Some examples include:

  1. Licensed or license-eligible behavioral health clinician with a master’s degree-level education.
  2. Master’s degree-level medical or ancillary health care provider, such as licensed nurses, dietitians and occupational therapists.

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