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    Saybrook University
  Apr 01, 2020
2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Mind-Body Medicine, Healthcare Systems Specialization, Ph.D.

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Changing the Future of Healthcare Systems

Healthcare delivery models are in need of transformation. CIMHS graduates are creating new organization in hospitals, clinics, and community-based programs.   The Healthcare System Specialization in the CIMHS will connect students with leaders in the field who teach how to develop these innovative and necessary programs. This specialization is relevant for individuals currently working as a hospital administrator, health data analyst, or healthcare policy-maker, as well as other professional consulting positions. The curriculum integrates organizational consulting, leadership, grant writing, health informatics, and research methodology.


Students entering the Mind‐Body Medicine doctoral program must have completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment. Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 83 credits. Credits are earned by completing Mind-Body Medicine courses.

Students receiving a master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook who are admitted into the doctoral degree in Mind-Body Medicine can generally transfer these credits into their PhD program. These students must fulfill the doctoral degree requirements not completed at the master’s level, including the remaining required courses and the dissertation or project. Meeting the doctoral requirements will include completing additional credits of doctoral coursework plus the dissertation or project, for a minimum total of 83 credits. Students in the Healthcare Systems specialization will take systems oriented courses from both the CIMHS and the College of Social Sciences, benefiting from the experienced instructors in both colleges. Under some circumstances, additional courses required may total more than 83 credits.

For further information on admission into the PhD Mind-Body Medicine program after completion of the M.S. Mind-Body Medicine degree, contact the Saybrook Admissions Department. Some credits from a master’s degree earned in other programs at Saybrook may also be transferable into the doctoral degree program. Contact an academic advisor for additional information.

This program is not a clinical psychology program. However, it can offer those wishing to enhance and further develop their clinical knowledge and expertise, and who do not intend to use the degree to qualify for licensure, more flexibility in program planning than the Clinical Psychology Specialization program provides.

Total Credits: (Years 1-4) 83

* (Note: Students will remain enrolled in this course each term during culminating phase until completion.)

Degree Requirements for 2016-2017 Academic Year approved by CIMHS Degree Program Committee.


  • The degree completion time for a student following the default course sequence will average between 5 ½ to 6 ½ years. Some students may complete degree requirements in fewer terms and some may require more terms to complete the degree.
  • A listing of acceptable CIMHS courses and electives is available in the University Catalog. Students may also choose an elective from the required courses in other specializations.
  • This is a structured cohort program and the sequence of courses is different for students who start in the fall than for students who start in the spring.

Learning and Career Outcomes

A PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with a specialization in Healthcare Systems prepares students for careers in the transformation of healthcare organization. It provides a comprehensive education in organizational systems, approaches to leadership, grant writing, health informatics, and consultation skills.

Whether you are a mid-career professional seeking to enhance your existing skills or an individual seeking to transition to a new career path, our programs provide a comprehensive overview of the holistic health field combined with core skills training. Graduates will be prepared for employment as organizational consultants and administrators in healthcare institutions and corporate health promotion programs.

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