The Doctor of Behavioral Health program offered through the College of Health Solutions is designed to prepare future health care managers for the rapidly changing medical care marketplace. Specializing with a doctorate in behavioral health management can help you advance your career in health care administration and tackle some of the most challenging issues in modern medicine.

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What is a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree in management?

A Doctor of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University explores current issues in management and behavioral care in integrated primary care environments. The DBH degree’s management concentration can help you develop the tools, training and experience to pursue leadership roles in health care administration and keep pace with new trends in behavioral intervention.

The doctorate of behavioral health management is an 84-credit program focused on preparing you for the rapidly evolving integrated care landscape. The curriculum features synchronous (live) and asynchronous learning opportunities, which allow you to set your own schedule and communicate with peers and professors in real time. In addition to the ASU Online coursework, you’ll have access to live webinars with faculty members and internship opportunities in health care settings. The DBH degree in management culminates in a dynamic quality improvement project that allows you to apply your integration knowledge and skills to solve a real-world problem at your site. You are also required to complete 240 internship hours.

The behavioral health management curriculum focuses on:

  • Integrated behavioral health programs: Learn how to improve patient experiences, support positive clinical outcomes and reduce health care costs and inefficiencies.
  • Quality and performance measurement: Improve health care delivery and patient outcomes by adopting the new Accountable Care Organization model.
  • Business entrepreneurship: Maximize your earning potential by identifying and adapting to organizational and market demands.

ASU also offers aDoctor of Behavioral Health (Clinical) program 100% online, for students interested in more hands-on roles. If you want to explore which behavioral health career path is right for you, read about our unique concentrations.

Building the future of health care management:

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty work together to develop effective strategies for tackling some of the most pressing health challenges across the world. This active collaboration is a core tenet of the Doctor of Behavioral Health program, as it prepares you to contribute to the advancement of health care initiatives.

  • In the fall 2019, the College of Health Solutions had 6,758 students, 284 Barrett Honors scholars, 240 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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The doctorate in behavioral health management program features distinguished faculty members who continue to actively practice and engage with the health care community, allowing you to gain practical insights into behavioral health management and health care administration. 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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What can you do with a behavioral health degree?

Graduates of the Doctor of Behavioral Health program with a management concentration can pursue a variety of career opportunities throughout the health care industry, including:


Applicants to the Doctor of Behavioral Health program with a management concentration must possess a master’s degree (in any field) from a regionally accredited institution and fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Candidates must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree program or in their applicable master’s degree education.

Applicants with a master’s degree in business administration, public health, counseling, health care administration and social work are encouraged to apply, though other fields of study are also considered. If you’re a master’s degree-level professional who is currently employed or looking to work in a health care administration role, a doctorate in behavioral health may offer the advanced education and applicable insight you need to excel.

To apply, you must submit the following:

  1. Graduate admission application
  2. Official graduate transcript
  3. Personal statement
  4. One professional letter of recommendation
  5. Updated curriculum vitae or resume
  6. Program policies acknowledgements
  7. Video or webcam admissions interview (if indicated)
  8. Proof of English proficiency

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

Applicants with master's degrees in business administration, public health, nursing, counseling, health care administration 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.

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