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Prevention Science Minor

Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Prevention Science Program, 290 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue St Paul, MN 55108 (612-625-1900; fax: 612-625-4227)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Prevention science is defined for the purposes of this program as the scientific study of systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behavior, and to promote health and adaptive behavior in populations across the life span through designing and evaluating interventions, and utilizing knowledge about them more strategically. The fundamental assumption of this free-standing minor is that future researchers and scholars will be most able to meet the challenges and changes occurring in society and in their chosen professions and disciplines if their training is comprehensive and transdisciplinary. Prevention science is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field and this program will increase opportunities for the University's academic researchers to partner with communities to address the complex issues facing society. Six areas of concentration will be offered. Students will be expected to select one as a major emphasis. Areas of concentration are: 1) promotion of mental health and well being across the life span; 2) interventions in education, health, and social services; 3) social policy; 4) family and community studies (early stage research, needs assessments, action research); 5) methodology; 6) individualized concentration. For more information about these areas of concentration, visit http://www.cehd.umn.edu/FSoS/programs/minor-ps.asp
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students must have gained admission to a doctoral degree-granting program, and have prepared a minor program of coursework approved by the director of graduate studies in prevention science. Students are required to make formal application to the program. Doctoral students must apply prior to submitting their graduate degree program in the Graduate Planner and Audit System (GPAS) for approval. Instructions and form can be found at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/FSoS/programs/minor-ps.asp
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The doctoral minor is developed in consultation with, and should be approved in advance by, the director of graduate studies for prevention science. The purpose of the minor is to provide students with interdisciplinary training in prevention science; therefore, all students will be required to fulfill the elective requirements for the minor by taking courses outside their major. Courses counting toward a student's major may not be counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
PREV 8001 - Prevention Science: Principles and Practices (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5701 - Prevention Science: Principles and Practices (3.0 cr)
PREV 8002 - Prevention Science Research Methodology (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5702 - Prevention Science Research Methodology (3.0 cr)
PREV 8003 - New Topics in Prevention: Implementation and Dissemination (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 5703 - New Topics in Prevention: Implementation and Dissemination (3.0 cr)
ELECTIVE
Elective course from area of concentration (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Doctoral
 
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PREV 8001 - Prevention Science: Principles and Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical, empirical, and practical foundations for strategic interventions to prevent behavioral problems and promote healthy development. Multidisciplinary roots of prevention science. Trends/directions. best practices.
FSOS 5701 - Prevention Science: Principles and Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02405
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theoretical, empirical, and practical foundations for strategic interventions to prevent behavioral problems and promote healthy development. Multidisciplinary roots of prevention science. Trends/directions and best practices.
PREV 8002 - Prevention Science Research Methodology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is intended to provide students with broad exposure to topics in research methodology within the field of prevention science. Prevention science as a discipline focuses on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health problems and the translation of that information to promote health and well-being. This course will emphasize research methodology as it pertains to preventive interventions in youth and family contexts. The course is intended to serve as a survey of a wide range of topics within these areas, with research design, measurement issues, and analytic methods representing the major foci. Topics will be covered with attention to the community contexts within which prevention research often occurs as well as the ethical and human subjects issues that may arise. Students who successfully complete the course are expected to be able to interpret and critically evaluate prevention research methodology as well as identify appropriate methodical strategies to address research questions within prevention science
FSOS 5702 - Prevention Science Research Methodology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is intended to provide students with broad exposure to topics in research methodology within the field of prevention science. Prevention science as a discipline focuses on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health problems and the translation of that information to promote health and well-being. This course will emphasize research methodology as it pertains to preventive interventions in youth and family contexts. The course is intended to serve as a survey of a wide range of topics within these areas, with research design, measurement issues, and analytic methods representing the major foci. Topics will be covered with attention to the community contexts within which prevention research often occurs as well as the ethical and human subjects issues that may arise. Students who successfully complete the course are expected to be able to interpret and critically evaluate prevention research methodology as well as identify appropriate methodical strategies to address research questions within prevention science.
PREV 8003 - New Topics in Prevention: Implementation and Dissemination
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This is an interdisciplinary course focused on the new science of implementation and dissemination of evidence-based/empirically-supported family-focused psychosocial prevention programs. Course content will include an overview of conceptual and theoretical foundations of implementation research, key research questions, methods for evaluating implementation and dissemination efforts, and case examples from the empirical literature. The course will take an ecological perspective to the implementation of family-based prevention programs, addressing questions such as how widespread efforts to install programs in communities can ensure that programs create change in children and families
FSOS 5703 - New Topics in Prevention: Implementation and Dissemination
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This is an interdisciplinary course focused on the new science of implementation and dissemination of evidence-based/empirically-supported family-focused psychosocial prevention programs. Course content will include an overview of conceptual and theoretical foundations of implementation research, key research questions, methods for evaluating implementation and dissemination efforts, and case examples from the empirical literature. The course will take an ecological perspective to the implementation of family-based prevention programs, addressing questions such as how widespread efforts to install programs in communities can ensure that programs create change in children and families.
PREV 8001 - Prevention Science: Principles and Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical, empirical, and practical foundations for strategic interventions to prevent behavioral problems and promote healthy development. Multidisciplinary roots of prevention science. Trends/directions. best practices.