Coursework in the Prevention Science specialization focuses on the processes of lifespan development and normative family functioning, as well as theories of prevention science and risk and resilience. Students gain skills such as program planning and evaluation, program administration, grant writing, research design, and technical communication. Graduates of the Prevention Science specialization enter careers in program evaluation, policy analysis, education, the non-profit sector, and the management of prevention and intervention programs in human services. For students who are interested in prevention-oriented research careers, this specialization articulates well with related doctoral programs, including our Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science.

For more information, please visit Department of Human Development & Family Studies Prevention Science Program.

Effective Fall 2015

Required Courses
HDFS 500Issues in Human Development and Family Studies3
HDFS 501Readings in the Discipline1
HDFS 524Family Theory3
HDFS 549Research Methods I3
HDFS 550Research Methods II3
HDFS 592Grant Writing-Human Services and Research3
HDFS 607Prevention Science Across the Lifespan3
HDFS 608Program Planning and Implementation3
HDFS 609Prevention Program Evaluation3
HDFS 610Risk and Resilience3
HDFS 650Multivariate Research Methods I3
Selected Courses
Select at least two from the following: 6
Early Child Development
Adolescent Development
Adult Development and Aging
Theories of Applied Developmental Science
Electives 1
HDFS 699Thesis6
Program Total Credits:43

A minimum of 43 credits are required to complete this program. 


Select enough 500-level or above elective credits with approval of advisor and graduate committee to bring the program total to 43 credits.