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Prevention Science Program

Information Session  |  Research to Practice  |  Career Paths  |  Graduate Student Showcase  |  Alumni Success Story  |  Scholarships  |  Apply Now

About the Prevention Science Program

If you are passionate about promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, our program is for you. It provides training in the foundations, design, and evaluation of interventions aimed at reducing risk and enhancing protective factors in children, youth, and families, and building resilient communities.

Our strengths-based program is designed to produce culturally-competent prevention scientists capable of advancing healthy outcomes across diverse settings.

The prevention science program offers the following degree options:

Information Session

Have questions? Want to learn more? – Please join our program’s virtual information session. You can sign now up for our next Zoom info session Friday, March 8, 2024, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (PST). 

Register for Info Session Now 

To connect to the Prevention Science information session: 

Download the Zoom App “Zoom Client for Meetings”  (Please remember to wear headphones/earbuds during the Zoom session). Meeting details will be emailed to you. Questions may be directed to prevsci@uoregon.edu.

Missed one of our information sessions? That’s okay, we've got you covered! Hear from Program Director and Lecturer, Heather Leonard, PhD, who offers more detail on the program.

Equip yourself to make an impact in your community 

Prevention science careers are on the leading edge of community health planning and advocacy. Our doctoral graduates often work as professors and researchers in university academic departments and research institutes.

Master’s graduates typically obtain employment in:

  • community prevention settings
  • health departments
  • nonprofit human service agencies
  • social advocacy centers
  • universities
University of Oregon College of Education PrevSci students in classroom

University of Oregon College of Education PrevSci students in classroom

Recent graduates have obtained employment as:

  • behavioral health specialists
  • case managers
  • interventionists
  • prevention specialists
  • program managers
  • research assistants
  • research project coordinators

In addition, many master’s graduates also choose to continue their graduate education in pursuit of doctoral training in the fields of:  

  • couples and family therapy
  • psychology
  • prevention science
  • school psychology
  • public health
  • social work

Take the Next Step

Call us, email us, visit us or apply to the program. We’re here to answer your questions about how a Prevention Science degree can shape your future and positively impact your community.

The Student Experience

From day one, students get the hands-on experience of working with some of the leading prevention science faculty in the field. They also get a deep dive into a doctoral specialty area or a capstone project for master’s students. We have externship opportunities outside the university where students can apply the skills that they are learning in real-world settings.

University of Oregon College of Education Portland PrevSci MEd students

Graduate Student Showcase 

image of PrevSci Cohorts 2020-2023

Meet our Prevention Science program graduate students and learn about their varied background, research interests, and future aspirations.


Graduate Student Showcase

Alumni Success Story

Meet Nicholas Capell, MS '21

Nick Capell PrevSci Alumni 2021

I started in the two-year PrevSci program in Fall 2019; in addition to the core classes, I also was able to take Grant Writing, Implementation Science, Cultural Adaptations of Evidence-Based Interventions, and Prevention and Policy. Shortly after starting the program, I accepted a position as a program assistant with the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect and the 90by30 Initiative. I supported program implementation across Lane County, and once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, my duties shifted to support the research side of the center as well, working on the 20-year retrospective for the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and supporting the evaluation of Stewards of Children, a child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. Since graduating from the Prevention Science program with my M.S. in June 2021, I have accepted a position as a Program Specialist (Budget Analyst) with the National Institute on Aging. In this role, I participate in the budget planning, formulation, justification and execution for the Institute’s programs. Focused primarily on grants within the NIA budget, my team manages over $3B annually through grants, and supplements. I was hired on through the Pathways for Recent Graduates program, a one-year, paid internship where I learn the skills needed for the position, with the opportunity for conversion to a permanent position at the end of the program.

Hear from some of our faculty


Research to Practice 

Many of the Prevention Science program faculty run their research through the Prevention Science Institute, a multidisciplinary research institute that focuses on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings.

Prevention Science Institute

Commitment to Inclusion and Social Change

The Prevention Science program is housed in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, which strives to maintain an inclusive learning environment that values and celebrates diverse perspectives so that all students can flourish professionally and personally.  Our view of diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, ability, age, culture, gender, language, nationality/geography, political views, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs and practices, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status/class. Advancing social justice is central to our educational mission. We condemn the systemic racism, oppression, and violence against minoritized communities in the United States and stand in solidarity with calls for social justice. Our community strives to advance social justice through our research, pedagogy, service, and clinical outreach, which collectively aim to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our work toward these goals is an ongoing journey of learning, and we welcome input from our students, colleagues, alumni, and friends to support these efforts.  

Scholarships and Funding 

We provide a number of scholarship and funding opportunities in an effort to offer students support in pursuing their degrees and professional futures by removing as many barriers to those goals as possible. We use one common application that will automatically enter you into consideration for any and all scholarships for which you meet selection criteria.