Northcentral University

Doctor of Philosophy - Mental Health Policy and Practice


2488 Historic Decatur Rd. Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92106

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy - Mental Health Policy and Practice

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program in Mental Health Policy and Practice at Northcentral University will help you develop a deeper understanding of mental health through an evidence-based practice approach. This specialization offers a strong base in theory and research, promotes an awareness of ethics and a respect for diversity, and will help you advance your critical thinking and communication skills. Throughout your courses, you will appraise literature on the application of behavioral health and organizational management, develop a working knowledge of forensic casework, and gain an in-depth understanding of financial issues related to mental health policy and practice. As part of NCU’s distinctive One-to-One Teaching Model, faculty will provide you with personalized support and feedback as you work to apply your learning to your profession.

As a PhD graduate, you will be prepared to assume senior leadership positions in your community in the field of behavioral health service organization and delivery, state government, or private enterprise. You will also have the skills to supervise therapists and psychologists with varying backgrounds and training, and teach at the graduate level.


Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.


Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 985 Atlantic Avenue Ste 100, Alameda, CA 94501 510.748.9001, For NCU program disclosures visit

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): Doctoral: $793; Masters: $503 to $720

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: NCU prides itself on being learner-centered and caring about the success of our learners. We provide tuition payment options that we feel meet your needs and permits the University to prosper and grow.

Locale: Small Suburb

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