Doctor of Behavioral Health Online

Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Graduate
Educational Elements: 
Self Reflection Activities
Other
Program Description: 

ASU Online's Doctor of Behavioral Health prepares the master's level clinician and healthcare managers for the rapidly transforming medical care marketplace. Students will gain a deep understanding of the primary care environment, evidence–based intervention, healthcare policy and financing, and best business practices. There are two degree paths offered through this program. 

The first is the Doctor of Behavioral Health program with a concentration in management focuses exclusively on management and behavioral care in the integrated primary care environment. This program concentration is designed to designate students with additional management didactics, training, and experience, thereby establishing their potential for leadership roles in an evolving healthcare marketplace.

The DBH management concentration is an 84–credit doctoral degree (students receive 30–credits towards the program based on their master’s degree) 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 capstone research project that includes a business plan specific to the students’ professional career interests.

The second is 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.

 

Evaluated: 
Yes
Program Results: 

Internally evaluated by ASU and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
 

Targeted Professions
Nursing: 
Nurse Practitioners
Registered Nurses
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Psychology: 
Counseling
Family
Additional: 
Patient Educators
Physician Assistants
Oral Health
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Business models for patient-centered integrated care
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated March 6, 2017

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.

 

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