Prevention science is interdisciplinary, integrating theories and methodologies from the disciplines of public health, human development, developmental psychopathology, education, behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, and developmental neuroscience), economics, evaluation, epidemiology, and public policy and administration. This accelerated degree program is a professional doctorate designed to respond to the rapid changes taking place locally and globally. It also responds to the growing demand for scholar-practitioners who are trained interdisciplinary and build healthy sustainable individuals, families, organizations, communities, and societies in an age of global interdependence.
Graduates from this program will demonstrate competency in the following areas – knowledge, communication, and professionalism.
Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings of prevention science apply this knowledge to behavioral problems or societal issues. Students will demonstrate the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods, as they relate to the field of prevention science.
Graduates from this program will:
Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
The emphasis in this goal is on the professional application of prevention science-specific content and skills, including effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.
This degree is a 48 credit degree. Students are allowed to transfer up to nine (9) credits from an accredited master’s level graduate program. Three (3) of these credits must be a master's level research methods course, three (3) must be a content course (content related to prevention science), and three (3) a practice/application course. All individuals enrolling in the program would be evaluated for possible credit transfers and may need to take additional credits prior to starting the program. Also, students will have the opportunity to design an individualized plan of study through six (6) credits of “Guided Study.” Students may choose to utilize these Guided Study credits to develop an area of specialization within the field of prevention or utilize this sequence to gain a broad base of knowledge across functional prevention areas.
Students must satisfy the requirements for PSC 7001, PSC 7002, and PSC 7003 prior to taking PSC 7000 and PSC 7101.
STUDENTS MUST EARN A "B" OR BETTER IN ALL PSC COURSES, MAINTAIN A MINIMUM GPA OF 3.0, AND COMPLETE ALL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS WITHIN SEVEN (7) YEARS.IF LESS THAN A "B" IS EARNED IN A PSC COURSE, STUDENTS MAY RE-TAKE THE COURSE ONE (1) TIME AND A MAXIMUM OF TWO (2) COURSES MAY BE REPEATED.
This accelerated degree program is a professional doctorate designed to respond to the rapid changes taking place in the professional society. It also responds to the growing demand nationally and internationally for scholar-practitioners who are trained interdisciplinarily and can provide intellectual leadership and help build sustainable families, organizations, communities, and societies in an age of global interdependence.
PSC 7000 Introduction to Prevention Science
PSC 7001 Graduate Level Prevention Science Content
PSC 7101 Human Development and Prevention Science
PSC 7102 Families and Prevention Science
PSC 7103 Community Well-Being and Prevention Science
PSC 7104 Designing and Adapting Preventive Interventions
PSC 7003 Graduate Level Research Methods
PSC 7201 Applied Research Methods and Skills 1: Qualitative
PSC 7202 Applied Research Methods and Skills 2: Quantitative
PSC 7203 Applied Research Methods and Skills 3: Mixed Methods Research
PSC 7301 Guided Study
PSC 7302 Guided Study II
PSC 8000 Applied Inquiry Research I
PSC 8001 Applied Inquiry Research II
PSC 8002 Applied Inquiry Research III
PSC 7002 Graduate Level Prevention Science Practice
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2020-2021 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2020 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.