MHL to DBH Pathway

 

Earn your MHL & DBH degrees and be prepared to lead and transform patient outcomes and cost savings in healthcare environments.

What is the MHL to DBH Pathway?

Students enrolled in the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) are eligible to advance through the admissions process and enroll in the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program.

This pathway option is made possible through the Exceptions for Degree-Seeking Admissions Policies – Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) Program.


Exceptions for Degree-Seeking Admissions Policies – Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) Program

Students enrolled in the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) program at CGI, may advance through admission to the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program with the following exceptions:

  1. Students who declare intention to enroll in the DBH within two (2) academic terms after completion of the MHL, have demonstrated the ability to succeed in an online graduate program, and have approval of the Director of the MHL Program prior to MHL program completion, are eligible for admission to the DBH program without submission of an admissions application nor a DBH admissions application fee.
  2. Students who declare intention to enroll in the DBH within two (2) academic terms after completion of the MHL, have demonstrated the ability to succeed in an online graduate program, and have approval of the Director of the MHL Program prior to MHL program completion, are eligible for a Director’s Exception for the two (2) or more years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field admissions eligibility requirement.


What are the benefits of the MHL to DBH Pathway?

Participating in the MHL to DBH Pathway enables students to seamlessly transition from their master’s coursework to their doctoral studies at CGI. Additional MHL to DBH pathway benefits include:

  • Application fee waiver for the DBH program
  • Program fee waiver for the DBH program
  • Expedited admissions process for the DBH program after completion of the MHL program
  • Tuition lock*
  • Complete both the MHL and DBH in as short as four (4) years

* In the event of a tuition increases during MHL enrollment, participating pathway students are grandfathered into the tuition rate stated in their initial MHL enrollment catalog during the entirety of their continuous MHL and DBH enrollment 

In addition to MHL to DBH pathway benefits, enrolled pathway students also receive access to the same student services and institutional benefits as students enrolled in academic degree seeking programs. These include but are not limited to:

  • No GRE required
  • 100% online instruction
  • No internship or residency requirements
  • Mentorship program access
  • Reading and writing support
  • Access to the Resource Center for Student Veterans & Military-Connected Students
  • Military Tuition Discount & application fee waivers
  • Institutional scholarship opportunities
  • CGI’s competitive tuition rate
  • No out-of-state tuition
  • No hidden fees
  • Flexible tuition payment options
  • Employer tuition reimbursement accepted

How to get started?

To apply for admission into the MHL to DBH pathway, complete the MHL program admissions application and indicate your interest in the MHL to DBH pathway in the application. MHL program admissions eligibility requirements are applicable to MHL to DBH pathway applicants.

Once a student is admitted and enrolled in the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) program, they will be informed by university officials on next steps for continuing into the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program during their enrollment.

About the MHL & DBH Programs

Additional information on the MHL and DBH program can be found at:

MHL Program

DBH Program

Questions?

Email: admissions@cgi.edu


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Start your MHL to DBH Pathway application.

Complete the form below to begin your application to the MHL to DBH pathway.


Testimonials

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The totally online DBH program offered by Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies is focused on the professional I have grown into: a synergistic disrupter for the healthcare industry, who is passionate about Wholistic Healthcare (e.g., health, behavioral health, and Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health), rendered skillfully through interprofessional teams. The program pillars of medical literacy, integrated behavioral health interventions, and entrepreneurship resonate loudly with me. The healthcare industry will continue to change, with doctoral level professionals needed to play a major role in any successful transformation. My goal is to further advance my knowledge-base, professional standing, and industry commitment to be part of these transformational efforts. In this way I can heed the Quadruple Aim: assuring quality-driven patient-centric care is rendered at the right time, through the right population-based treatment processes, at the right cost, and by empowered professionals embracing the work and committed to their charge.

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP DBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies March 11, 2020

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