This new cross-college interdisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to pursue a Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D. and Ed.D.) Minor in Prevention Science. Prevention science is defined as the scientific study of systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behavior and to promote health and adaptive behavior across the life span through designing and evaluating interventions, and utilizing knowledge about them. Unique attributes of prevention research are that it (a) is mission-based rather than disciplinary-based, (b) focuses on approaches and strategies that occur prior to the manifestation of serious problems, and (c) highlights the development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge for policy and practice.

Participating Academic Units and Centers

The eleven academic units and six colleges participating in the minor include diverse academic programs spanning multiple disciplines. The disciplines include (in alphabetical order): Behavior Genetics, Child Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, Educational Psychology, Epidemiology, Family Social Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, Psychiatry, Recreation Park and Leisure Studies, Social Work, Public Policy, Psychology, School Psychology, and Special Education.

Collaborating centers include the following: Center for Neurobehavioral Development, Center for Early Education and Development, Center for Personalized Prevention Research in Children's Mental Health, Human Capital Research Collaborative, and the Institute of Community Integration.