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The Prevention Science Specialization coursework focuses on lifespan developmental processes 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 this specialization enter careers in managing prevention and intervention programs in human services and the non-profit sector, program evaluation, policy analysis, and education. 

Learn more about the M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Prevention Science Specialization on the Department of Human Development and Family Studies website.

Effective Fall 2023

Required Courses
HDFS 500Issues in Human Development & Family Studies3
HDFS 524Family Studies3
HDFS 549Research Methods I3
HDFS 550Research Methods II3
HDFS 592Grant Writing--Research/Program Development3
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 6 credits from the following:6
Early Child Development
Adolescent Development
Adult Development and Aging
Aging and the Family
Family Issues: Intimacy and Human Sexuality
Family Issues: Parenting
Seminar: Lifespan Socioemotional Development
Seminar: Lifespan Cognitive Development
Electives 1
HDFS 693Capstone Seminar3
HDFS 699Thesis3
Program Total Credits:42

A minimum of 42 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 42 credits.