Doctor of Behavioral Health (D.B.H.)

Freed-Hardeman University's Doctor of Behavioral Health degree program prepares current and future healthcare providers for a transforming medical care marketplace. It is designed to produce graduates who have advanced clinical and executive leadership skills as well as business insight. 

The 60-credit hour doctoral degree is offered through traditional and web-conferencing modalities and may be taken on either a part-time or full-time basis. The curriculum includes courses that provide live chat with instructors and other students, clinical rotations, real-time streaming video consultations with experts in the field and a capstone research project focused on the student’s professional career or work setting. The program is geared specifically to students who prefer an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs.

The D.B.H., one of Tennessee's first professional doctorates in behavioral health, prepares post-master's, licensed clinicians to offer advanced-integrated care in a variety of behavioral health settings. The executive leadership component will enable graduates to maximize earning potential by filling organizational and market demands.



Dr. Mike Cravens
Director, Doctor of Behavioral Health Program


Sara Wood
Director of Graduate Admissions




Admissions Requirements
Program of Study Doctor of Behavioral Health
Frequently Asked Questions


Applications are now being accepted for the D.B.H. program, which will begin in Fall 2016, pending final approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.