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Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies
Tempe, AZ

About

Details at a Glance

  • School Type

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    Private
  • Application Fee

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    $50
  • Average In-State Tuition

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    $21,150
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

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    $21,150

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Behavioral Health
Master of Healthcare Leadership
Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Certificate, Specialities: Adult, Gerontology, Leadership, Military Families and Veterans Specialty, and Women's Health
Trauma Informed Care Certificate

Our Program

CGI is focused on meeting the healthcare industry’s need for a highly-skilled workforce supporting an integrated approach to patient care.

Founded in 2015, Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) is a private, nonprofit, DEAC accredited university offering online, post-graduate education in the field of integrated behavioral healthcare, including the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree, Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) and certificate programs with specializations including trauma informed care, healthcare leadership, women’s health, gerontology, and military families and veterans. CGI credits its origins to the work of Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D, Sc.D (1924 -2020), an American psychologist, author, and former president of the American Psychology Association (1979).

Cummings Graduate Institute's post-graduate level academic programs are designed to meet the healthcare industry’s need for a highly-skilled workforce to support an integrated approach to addressing patients’ needs.

The Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) graduate degree program prepares students to deliver patient-centered care, work in interdisciplinary teams, employ evidence-based practice and quality improvement approaches, and utilize informatics. CGI's overarching objective in offering the DBH program is to respond to the need to prepare clinicians to address both shifts in the nation’s patient population and changing practice environments.

The Doctorate of Behavioral Health (DBH) Program Outcomes

  1. Consult effectively with the medical team as a behavioral health expert using knowledge of medical culture and acute, chronic, and comorbid conditions.
  2. Deliver evidence-based screening, assessment, and behavioral interventions appropriate for primary care and specialty medical settings.
  3. Design cost-effective population health approaches to treating chronic and comorbid conditions while addressing social determinants of health.
  4. Design and evaluate evidence based practice for behavioral conditions in medical settings based on principles of quality improvement.
  5. Create a business case based on a population health approach to improving access to quality, integrated healthcare.

The Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) program delivers advanced training in leading and managing integrated healthcare delivery. The MHL Program prepares students to transform healthcare settings using firm foundations in population health management, strategic thinking, critical analysis, and innovative change-management. CGI’s overarching objective in offering the MHL program is to prepare well-rounded servant leaders in the transformational healthcare space.

The Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) Program Outcomes

  1. MHL graduates will effectively collaborate with multi-modality leadership within network-driven systems to create a transformational culture around person-centered care.
  2. MHL graduates will deliver evidence-based change management, leadership efficiency, and transformational insights to appropriately quantify quality, risk management, and cost containment for primary care and specialty medical settings.
  3. MHL graduates will design cost-effective population health approaches to treating chronic and comorbid conditions while addressing social determinants of health.
  4. MHL graduates lead innovative improvements in areas of healthcare cost containment, population health program design, patient and provider engagement, consumerization, access management, legal and information systems management.
  5. MHL graduates will create a holistic culture of care within their organizations with a focus on measuring success in achieving the Quadruple Aim.

The Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBH) certificate focuses on use of evidence-based models of integrated behavioral health delivery for the clinical provider who is working in fast-paced primary care or specialty medical settings. Five specialty areas are offered, each of which reflect the need for specific and advanced training in clinical practice with key populations. 

Adult, Gerontology, Military Families & Veterans, and Women’s Health specialty tracks provide coursework to prepare students to understand the epidemiology and prevalence of mental health disorders, chronic disease, and comorbidities specific to the population of focus, as well as evidence-based interventions that effectively address these issues to improve overall health and quality of life for these populations in medical settings and communities. The Leadership specialty prepares students to accept leadership roles in healthcare, including management and executive positions responsible for leading intrapreneurial improvement efforts as well as innovation and entrepreneurial challenges that address gaps in healthcare delivery settings. Students completing the IBH certificate in any of the speciality areas will be better prepared as healthcare professionals to deliver integrated clinical care, consult with medical teams as a leader and integration expert, and to launch innovative practice models that offer unique value propositions to the healthcare marketplace.

Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate Program Outcomes (applicable specialties indicated in parenthesis)

  1. Consult effectively with the medical team as a behavioral health expert using knowledge of medical culture and acute, chronic, and comorbid conditions. (Adult, Gerontology, Leadership, Military, Women's Health)
  2. Deliver evidence-based screening, assessment, and behavioral interventions appropriate for primary care and specialty medical settings. (Adult, Gerontology, Leadership, Military, Women's Health)
  3. Design cost-effective population health approaches to treating chronic and comorbid conditions while addressing social determinants of health. (Adult, Gerontology, Leadership, Military, Women's Health)
  4. Design and evaluate evidence-based practice for behavioral conditions in medical settings based on principles of quality improvement. (Adult, Gerontology, Leadership
  5. Create a business case based on a population health approach to improving access to quality, integrated healthcare. (Adult, Leadership, Military, Women's Health)

The Trauma Informed Care (TIC) certificate provides an in-depth exploration of the impact of trauma on health outcomes. Students identify clinical and operational practices that may re-traumatize patients and lead to provider burnout, and develop realistic strategies for mitigating or resolving trauma history and compassion fatigue. Included in this certificate is EMDRIA-authorized coursework and supervision leading to the Basic Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certificate.

Trauma Informed Care Certificate Program Outcomes

  1. Consult effectively with the medical team as a behavioral health expert using knowledge of medical culture and acute, chronic, and comorbid conditions.
  2. Deliver evidence-based screening, assessment, and behavioral interventions appropriate for primary care and specialty medical settings.
  3. Design cost-effective population health approaches to treating chronic and comorbid conditions while addressing social determinants of health.

Admissions

  • Application Fee

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    $50

Requirements

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    TOEFL
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    Certified Academic Transcripts
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    Personal Statement
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    3 Letters of Recommendation
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    Writing Sample

Additional Requirements

We seek students who are passionate about improving the healthcare marketplace and willing to take risks to change healthcare as we know it.

To view admissions requirements, visit: https://cgi.edu/admissions/

Program specific admissions requirements:

Application Deadline

Spring I 2023

  • Start Date: January 9, 2023
  • Admissions Application Deadline: October 28, 2022

Student Body

  • Female

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    57% Female
  • Male

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    12% Male

Inclusion

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    % of Students who are Military Affiliated: 10%
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    Average Age of Student Population: 44

Clubs & Associations

Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society

Cummings Graduate Institute is proud to charter the Alpha Beta Chapter of Arizona of Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society. Delta Epsilon Tau is the premier national honor society for America’s accredited distance learning institutions. Delta Epsilon Tau only places Chapters in those institutions recognized by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The purpose of the Society is to encourage and recognize superior student academic achievement, character and leadership. The fact that an individual is elected to membership sets themselves apart from other students and clearly demonstrates a serious commitment to distance education and self-study.

Careers

Graduates of the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree program at CGI hold an array of professional titles including but not limited to Behavioral Health Professor; Clinical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health; Behavioral Analysis Consultant and Trainer; and Opioid Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist with the Department of Health. Learn more about our alumni.

What Our Students Say

  • ELLEN FINK-SAMNICK MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP image

    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.

    ELLEN FINK-SAMNICK MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP, DBH Candidate ‘19
  • PAULINE PABLO, BCBA image

    There is a substantial need for integrating care between our physical, and mental health. The gap between these domains are more so overlooked among those with developmental delays and intellectual disabilities – the very population I serve as a Behavior Analyst. Filling these gaps entails work that demands for a DBH who is competent, empathetic, and altruistic.

    PAULINE PABLO, BCBA, DBH Candidate ‘20
  • DIANNE SCOTT, MSW, LCSW image

    As a Social Worker, I believe my main mission includes advocating for and empowering patients. The DBH degree will allow me to fully integrate the “medical side of the house” with the “behavioral health side”. Earning a DBH will allow me to push the envelope when it comes to consulting with medical providers and promote the inclusion of “behavioral healthcare” within “healthcare” as its ALL healthcare! 

    DIANNE SCOTT, MSW, LCSW, DBH Candidate ‘20
ELLEN FINK-SAMNICK MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP image

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.

ELLEN FINK-SAMNICK MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP, DBH Candidate ‘19
PAULINE PABLO, BCBA image

There is a substantial need for integrating care between our physical, and mental health. The gap between these domains are more so overlooked among those with developmental delays and intellectual disabilities – the very population I serve as a Behavior Analyst. Filling these gaps entails work that demands for a DBH who is competent, empathetic, and altruistic.

PAULINE PABLO, BCBA, DBH Candidate ‘20
DIANNE SCOTT, MSW, LCSW image

As a Social Worker, I believe my main mission includes advocating for and empowering patients. The DBH degree will allow me to fully integrate the “medical side of the house” with the “behavioral health side”. Earning a DBH will allow me to push the envelope when it comes to consulting with medical providers and promote the inclusion of “behavioral healthcare” within “healthcare” as its ALL healthcare! 

DIANNE SCOTT, MSW, LCSW, DBH Candidate ‘20

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

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    $21,150
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

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    $21,150

Additional Information

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    Scholarships available for degree-seeking students
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    Professional Development Scholarships available for degree-seeking students
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    VA Education Benefits accepted
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    Employer Tuition Assistance accepted
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    Zero Interest Payment Plans Offered