Master of Science in Prevention Science and Community Health

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The new Master of Science degree program in Prevention Science and Community Health is a 33 credit hour program that is intended to provide students with training in the fundamentals of prevention science, including (a) the assessment of risk and protective factors that predict and modify health and behavior outcomes; (b) the development of preventive interventions that target these risk and protective factors; and (c) the implementation and evaluation of these interventions. Students in the program will develop skills in translating prevention research into demonstrable preventive action, and to successfully partner with communities and organizations for the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions with fidelity and sensitivity to communities’ diversity and unique strengths.

The focus of this program is in line with the seven priority areas of the U.S. National Prevention Strategy (e.g., tobacco-free living, preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, injury and violence-free living, reproductive and sexual health, and mental/emotional well-being), as implemented through the Strategy’s strategic directions of creating healthy and safe communities, eliminating health disparities, providing clinical and community prevention services, and empowering people. The program is in intended to prepare students for research or technical positions in government, industry, academia, or private institutions, as well as to pursue future doctoral studies in public health.

The curriculum consists of required coursework in prevention science and public health, required coursework in statistics/research methodology, credit hours in elective coursework (chosen in consultation with the program advisor), and required credit hours dedicated to proposing and completing a research thesis.

The Master of Science in Prevention Science and Community Health (MS) degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Prevention Science and Community Health (MS) degree, all graduates will be able to:

  • Competencies:
    Describe the core disciplines of public health and how they apply to improve population health.
    Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement and study of prevention science.
    Describe the origins, foundations, and standards of prevention science.
    Design and carry out theoretically-grounded research studies that contribute to the literature on risk and protective factors, and identify their mechanisms of influence associated with health and behavior outcomes across the lifespan.
    Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based preventive interventions and understand how to apply prevention science theories to the design, implementation, adaption, and evaluation of preventive interventions.
    Integrate knowledge of research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, data analysis, and multi-method, multi-agent assessment methods commonly used in prevention science into research activities.
    Demonstrate skill in disseminating work to diverse audiences via formal academic presentations, instructional activities, and professional/academic writing.
    Demonstrate awareness and understanding of diversity and contextual issues such as culture, identity ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marginalization, poverty, inequality, and religion in research, applied activities, and professional behavior.
  • Average program duration: 2 years  
  • Total required credits: 33 credits

M.S. in Prevention Science and Community Health Curriculum

  • Core Courses
    EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health
    EPH 623 Determinants of Health and Health Disparities Across the Life Course
    EPH 617 Introduction to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    EPH 731 Designing and Adapting Preventive Interventions
    EPH 717 Integrating Behavioral Health Theories and Models into Prevention Science
    EPH 732 Implementation and Dissemination Science
  • Electives
    Students may choose EPH and BST courses that are not already listed to satisfy as electives.
  • Statistics/Research Methods Courses (6 credits)
    Students also must select at least 2 courses from the following list of statistics/research methods courses:
    EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I
    EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics II
    EPH 604 Clinical Trials
    EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods
    EPH 651 Research Methods
    EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research
    EPH 650 Health Economics for Evaluation and Policy
    BST 625 Statistical Computing

For curriculum information and course descriptions, please click on the right. For the program application, click below.