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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Doctor of Social Science in Prevention Science

Provide leadership in prevention services with a Doctorate in Prevention Science

Wilmington University’s doctoral level prevention science degree program provides an interdisciplinary approach to researching and evaluating risk and protective factors affecting individuals, families and communities, as well as innovating solutions through programs and policy. This affordable DSocSci program is offered 100% online to fit your lifestyle.

An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Prevention Science

WilmU’s DSocSci in Prevention Science integrates theories and methodologies from the disciplines of public health, human development, developmental psychopathology, education, behavioral sciences, economics, evaluation, epidemiology, and public policy and administration. Candidates hone their research, communication, problem-solving and presentation skills through coursework that emphasizes cultural sensitivity.

Learn From and Alongside Engaged Prevention Leaders

In this doctoral in prevention science degree program, you’ll address real-world challenges facing individuals and communities under the guidance of faculty who are engaged, subject matter experts. Collaboration with fellow candidates will form a network of prevention science leaders you can call upon during your career.

Customized Prevention Science Guided Study Options

You can design an area of specialty in your prevention science DSocSci program through guided study. Choose six credits offered by WilmU in areas aligned with your professional interests or work with a mentor to create an independent study.

Some credits may be applied from an 
approved master's degree program.
13 courses 39-48 total credits

$2,088 per course

Cost of a typical 3-credit doctoral course.
Wilmington University tuition is based on cost-per-credit.
You only pay for the courses you need to complete your prevention science degree.

The DSocSci in Prevention Science program is available in the following formats and locations:



Career and industry outlook for DSocSci in Prevention Science graduates

The WilmU prevention science doctoral prepares you for a fulfilling career and many fields

Potential Employers


Human service, health and educational organizations

Federally funded prevention centers

Government agencies

Nonprofit research centers

Potential Job Titles

Postdoctoral Scholar or Fellow

Director of Research Services

Social Science Research Analyst

Prevention Services Manager

Chair or President of Prevention Science

This degree focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of the social and health sciences to complex, real-world problems of direct concern to individuals, families, organizations, communities and society. There are many key areas where prevention science can be beneficial to individuals, families, peers, communities and society. — Dr. Debra Berke, Program Director 
Doctor of Prevention Sciences Student from Wilmington University

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