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Prevention Science Program

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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 design, evaluation, and delivery 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 information session Friday, October 29, 2021 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time). This session will be hosted remotely on Zoom and focus on our doctoral program. We will host another information session focused on our master’s program in March 2022 (more information to come). You can also send your inquiries to prevsci@uoregon.edu.

To connect to the UO Prevention Science information session (Oct. 29, 9-10 am PST): 

Step 1: Download the Zoom App “Zoom Client for Meetings” https://zoom.us/download
(Please wear headphones/earbuds during the Zoom session) 

Step 2: Join Zoom Meeting: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/92890867428?pwd=OTMyRHJxeEUwbjd0bEsvcHZwZU5WZz09  


Equip yourself to make an impact in your community 

Prevention science careers are on the leading edge of community health planning and advocacy. Our graduates 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

What Our Students Are Saying... 

 "It surprised me how much the faculty’s focus is on student health and well being and recognizing that as being part of the program and student development and important for developing professional skills as well."

--Mark Hammond '17

 "The Prevention Science research program is preparing me to be the scientist that I want to be, to do community-based research, and also have the skills to be able to communicate the science of prevention to a broader audience."

--Christabelle Dragoo '17


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.

Scholarships