2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) 
    May 27, 2022  
2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership

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Today’s healthcare system demands behavioral health leaders who can manage the delivery of quality behavioral health and mental health services in an increasingly integrated care setting. Students in this professional doctoral program in leadership are prepared to meet this need. Students in this nonlicensure program can gain cross-disciplinary knowledge, business and management skills, and practical experience that can be used to help shape the rapidly changing integrated healthcare landscape.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership program will be able to:

  1. Articulate the foundation of behavioral health leadership and how the specialty is unique.
  2. Develop a theoretically and empirically anchored personal orientation to the practice of behavioral health leadership.
  3. Produce an independent, applied practice-based project exploring a behavioral health practice issue or problem.
  4. Assess behavioral health behavior in broad cultural, social, political, and/or economic contexts.
  5. Evaluate the delivery of psychological services of behavioral health programs for diverse populations.
  6. Develop leadership skills for the management of mental health delivery systems.
  7. Evaluate relevant ethical principles in managing products and delivery of services in behavioral health work settings.
  8. Describe how legal and regulatory policies in behavioral healthcare impact individuals, communities, and society.
  9. Promote positive social change through evidence-based behavioral health leadership practices.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of behavioral health leadership in diverse mental health delivery settings.


Degree Requirements

  • 80 cr. total or 95 cr. with specialization
  • Courses (60 cr.)
  • Doctoral Study (20 cr.)
  • Optional Specialization Courses (15 cr.)
  • Consulting Skills Intensive Retreat (Residency 1)
  • Doctoral Project Development (Residency 2, virtual)


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