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Prevention Science PhD

Applications for Fall 2019 admission to the PhD program in Prevention Science will open October 15, 2018. The online application must be completed by 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time,  January 31, 2019 for full consideration.  The program will conduct video conference PhD interviews on February 8, 2019.

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. You will be able to post your questions to the panel if joining remotely. You can access a recorded Prevention Science Information Session here, and a College of Education Research Opportunities Presentation here.

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.