MS in Prevention Science & Community Health
The Master of Science in Prevention Science and Community Health is a thirty-three credit program intended to provide students with training in the fundamentals of prevention science, including:
- Assessment of risk and protective factors that predict and modify health and behavior outcomes
- Development of preventive interventions that target these risk and protective factors
- Implementation and evaluation of these interventions.
Students develop skills in translating prevention research into demonstrable preventive action and 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 the 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 strategic directives 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.
I was inspired to study public health in order to find a way to impact people on a grander scale. This means affecting not just the individual, but also the family, community, and society. I realized that there was a whole other aspect of addressing health and wellness that doesn’t focus purely on medicine. For example, vaccination campaigns, HIV / STI awareness, and nutrition are all critical to health.
Charles Chen, MPH