Arizona State University
University Senate
Spring 2016

Senate Motion #2016-47


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Steven Semken, Chair

Date of First Reading: March 28, 2016

Date of Second Reading: April 25, 2016

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Health Solutions –Dean’s Office– for the establishment of a graduate degree – Master of Integrated Health Care

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.    

Rationale:The Master of Integrated Health Care (MIHC) is designed to meet the growing market demand for professionals with the ability to design, implement, evaluate and sustain integrated health care programs. Integrated health care is the coordinated treatment of medical and behavioral conditions such as diabetes and depression, including lifestyle behavior change to address poor nutrition and

physical inactivity. Behavioral interventions also include strategies and techniques to enhance patient engagement, motivation, and adherence with treatment. Integrated health care programs have emerged as a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and are ideally suited to the emerging Patient-Centered Primary Care Medical Home (PCPCMH) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) models of primary care. In addition, integrated health care is becoming a critical component of insurance health plan and managed care organization prevention and disease management programs, of employee wellness and employee assistance programs (EAP) and as a component of specialty mental health and substance abuse programs that are piloting “reverse integration” of medical health services. 

Admin Response: