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Mailing Address: 
CPHS Prevention Science
5251 University of Oregon

Historic Knight gift will expand graduate opportunities

A recently announced gift of $500M from Phil and Penny Knight will help fund an additional 250 PhD students as part of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. Read more in Around the O.

We are pleased to offer three graduate degrees in Prevention Science! Applications for the PhD, MS, and MEd. in Prevention Science are accepted every Winter for the PhD program and every Winter/Spring for the MEd and MS programs. Please visit the individual program webpages for application dates and deadlines. You can access a recorded Prevention Science Information Session here, and a College of Education Research Opportunities Presentation here. We will be hosting a Prevention Science Information Session for prospective students on November 30, 2018 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Pacific Time) in ED (Lokey) 119. We will be live-streaming and recording this session, for those who cannot attend in person.  You can find the link to connect remotely here.

Students will be trained in: 

  • risk and protective factors 
  • lifespan development 
  • biobehavioral health 
  • intervention design and evaluation 
  • dissemination and implementation science 
  • multicultural and global contexts

The programs have a specific emphasis on understanding and helping under-served individuals, families, and communities in the United States and globally.

Faculty research is focused on topics in the field of prevention science, including: 
  • child maltreatment 
  • interpersonal violence 
  • risk behaviors: delinquency, substance use, sexual behavior 
  • self regulation 
  • mental health 
  • health disparities and health promotion 
  • developmental disabilities 
  • academic achievement and career development 
  • obesity, eating behaviors, and physical activity  

We partner with the UO’s Prevention Science Institute to provide students with opportunities to gain experience conducting basic, applied, or translational research.

You may download our Prevention Science brochure here.

Our students were featured in the Oregon Quarterly! Check out the article.