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Prevention Science PhD


The next Information Session for the Prevention Science programs will be on Friday, February 24th 2017 from 1:30-2:30 pm PDT in Hedco 240. Not able to attend in person? Please check back here for a link to attend the session online. The previous Information Session was recorded and can be accessed here.

Applications for Fall 2017 admission to the PhD program in Prevention Science will open on October 15th. For full consideration, including consideration for scholarships and funding, apply by January 31st.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through March 31st. Application review will begin in January.

Our PhD program is one of only three Prevention Science PhD degree programs in the country. This research-intensive degree program can be completed in four years, with students earning an MS en route to the PhD. This program is intended for students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a prevention science-related discipline or have significant human development, psychology, social science, education, or prevention science experience. Graduates will be well trained to gain employment in academia or in local, state, or national prevention and public health agencies. 

Program objectives include:

  1. Generation of research-based knowledge focused on increasing the understanding of  risk and protective factors and processes related to the prevention of problems in human populations. 
  2. Translation of basic research findings into effective programs and policies that positively impact the development and well-being of children, youth, adults, families, and their communities. 
  3. Development of successful partnerships with community, county, state, and national organizations to disseminate effective programs into routine practice in a variety of settings.