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Specialization in Healthcare Systems

The PhD degree in Mind‐Body Medicine with a Specialization in Healthcare Systems is of special appeal at a time when our healthcare system is in the process of transformation. Through courses in health informatics, qualitative and quantitative research, complexity, and systems thinking, you will learn how to incorporate integrative medicine into the design of healthcare systems.

Requirements Overview

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. Under some circumstances, additional courses required may total more than 83 credits.

For further information see Saybrook University MA/MS to PhD process as described in the University Admissions section of the Saybrook University website. Some credits from a master’s degree earned in other programs at Saybrook may also be transferable into the doctoral degree program. Contact your mentor to find out if your credits qualify for transfer.

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.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mind-Body Medicine Healthcare Systems Specialization Requirements


Course Credits
MBM 1008 Information Competency and Library Use- PhD 3
MBM 5500 Ethics in Mind-Body Medicine 3
MBM 5503 PhD Graduate Colloquium Professional Development I 1
MBM 5504 PhD Graduate Colloquium Professional Development II 1
MBM 5510 Imagery for Health 3
MBM 5525 Grant Writing 3
MBM 5533 Health Informatics 3
MBM 5540 Fundamentals of Research 3
MBM 5545 Assessing Systems and Processes in Healthcare 3
MBM 5557 Advanced Research Method 3
MBM 5565 Integrative Healthcare as a Complex Adaptive System 3
MBM 5567 Leadership in Healthcare 3
MBM 5569 Consulting Skills: Helping Human Systems  3
MBM 5584 MBM PhD Professional Seminar 3
MBM 5586 PhD Practicum 3
MBM 5600 Mind-Body Medicine: Overview 3
MBM 5605 Advanced Mind-Body Medicine 3
MBM 5615 Movement, Exercise, and Health 3
MBM 5630 Coaching for Health and Wellness 3
Choose One: 3
MBM 5551 Doctoral Research Pilot Study I 1 CR and MBM 5552 Doctoral Research Pilot Study II 2 CR
MBM 5555 Doctoral Research Pilot Study 3 CR
Choose One 3
MBM 5553 Quantitative Research Overview​​
MBM 5556 Qualitative Research Overview 
Choose One: (corresponding to choice above) 3
MBM 5610 Nutrition and Health
Choose One 3
MBM 5620 Basic Training and Education in Hypnosis
MBM 5622 Basic Training and Education in Biofeedback
Choose One 3
MBM 5635 Spirituality and Health
MBM 5655 Mindfulness and Meditation in Health
MBM 9501 PhD Dissertation Proposal 3
MBM 9601 PhD Dissertation Research * 3
Elective Credits Included 9

* (Note: This course will require several terms to complete. You will continue to remain enrolled in this course each term during culminating phase until you complete course.)

Degree Requirements for 2014-2015 Academic Year approved by MBM Degree Program Committee.

- The degree completion time for a student following the default course sequence will average between four to five years. Some students may complete degree requirements sooner and some may take longer to complete this degree.

-A listing of acceptable Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine elective courses is available on the Saybrook website and available electives will be discussed with your mentor during your first semester of enrollment. 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. Your specific course sequence will be discussed with your mentor during your first semester of enrollment. Example program plan course sequence:


Sample schedule for Fall 2014 Cohort

Sample schedule for Spring 2015 Cohort