Online Doctor of Behavioral Health (Clinical)

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.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/12/2020


Total classes: 13

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 84

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Details

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.

Featured courses

A previously awarded master's degree from a regionally accredited university or other courses approved by the supervisory committee is required (30 credit hours).

Required

Population-Based Health Management (3)


Required

Quality and Performance Measurement, Improvement, and Incentives (3)


Required

Healthcare Systems: Organization, Delivery and Economics (3)


Required

Behavioral Health Entrepreneurship (3)


Concentration

Models of Integrated Primary Care (3)


Concentration

Brief Interventions in Primary Care (3)


Concentration

Clinical Medical/Pathophysiology (3)


Concentration

Psychopharmacology for the Behavioral Care Provider (3)


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:

Behavioral health consultant

Behavioral health provider

Health care consultant

Clinical manager

Health coach

Health educator

Prestigious faculty

Our faculty bring a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • 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

Our faculty bring a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • 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.

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