The Master of Science degree program in Prevention Science and Community Health is a 33 credit hour program that is intended to provide students with training in the fundamentals of prevention science, including (a) the assessment of risk and protective factors that predict and modify health and behavior outcomes; (b) the development of preventive interventions that target these risk and protective factors; and (c) the implementation and evaluation of these interventions. Students in the program will develop skills in translating prevention research into demonstrable preventive action, and to successfully partner with communities and organizations for the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions with fidelity and sensitivity to communities’ diversity and unique strengths.

The focus of this program is in line with the seven priority areas of the U.S. National Prevention Strategy (e.g., tobacco-free living, preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, injury and violence-free living, reproductive and sexual health, and mental/emotional well-being), as implemented through the Strategy’s strategic directions of creating healthy and safe communities, eliminating health disparities, providing clinical and community prevention services, and empowering people. The program is in intended to prepare students for research or technical positions in government, industry, academia, or private institutions, as well as to pursue future doctoral studies in public health.

The curriculum consists of required coursework in prevention science and public health, required coursework in statistics/research methodology, credit hours in elective coursework (chosen in consultation with the program advisor), and required credit hours dedicated to proposing and completing a research thesis.

Sample Course List to be completed by Public Health

Core Courses
EPH 600Introduction to the Science & Practice of Public Health3
EPH 623Determinants of Health and Health Disparities Across the Life Course3
EPH 617Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3
EPH 717Integrating Behavior Health Theories and Models3
EPH 731Developing, Adapting and Evaluating Interventions3
EPH 732Introduction to Dissemination and Implementation Science3
Electives3
Student selects 3 credits of elective with faculty advisor approval
Statistics/Research Methods Courses6
Students complete 6 credits of coursework in statistics or research methodology from a pre-approved list of courses.
Thesis Courses
EPH 698MSPH Thesis Proposal3
EPH 699MSPH Thesis3
Total Credit Hours33

Mission

The mission of the Graduate Programs in Public Health is to develop leaders who can translate knowledge into policy and practice to promote health and prevent disease in human populations.

The Master of Science in Prevention Science and Community Health (MS-PSCH) degree is an academic research degree designed for students who wish to prepare for further study at the doctoral level, or to prepare for research or technical positions in government, industry, academia, or private institutions. 

Goals

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Prevention Science and Community Health (MS-PSCH) degree, all graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the core disciplines of public health and how they apply to improving population health;
  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement and study of prevention science;
  • Describe the origins, foundations, and standards of prevention science;
  • Design and carry out theoretically-grounded research studies that contribute to the literature on risk and protective factors, and identify their mechanisms of influence associated with health and behavior outcomes across the lifespan;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based preventive interventions and understand how to apply prevention science theories to the design, implementation, adaptation, and evaluation of preventive interventions;
  • Integrate knowledge of research design, quantitative and qualittive methods, data analysis, and multi-method, multi-agent assessment methods commonly used in prevention science into their research activities;
  • Demonstrate skill in disseminating their work to diverse audiences via formal academic presentations, instructional activities, and professional/academic writing; and
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of diversity and contextual issues such as culture, identity, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marginalization, poverty, inequality, and religion in their research, applied activities, and professional behavior. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the presentation of prevention science and related areas.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate the ability to make scholarly contributions to the field.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of research competencies.