Online Applied Prevention Science Graduate Certificate

Applied Prevention Science promotes the use of psychological interventions that work to improve the lives of children and families. ASU’s graduate certificate in applied prevention science is for those with a bachelor's degree or equivalent who seek employment or are employed as a mental health professional, particularly those who are interested in leadership roles.

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Next start date: 05/17/2021


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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Prevention science is a cost-effective way to address top public health problems by moderating or preventing problem behaviors before they occur. This includes preventative measures and planning for all types of personal and community issues such as reducing juvenile delinquency, reducing the rate of risky sexual behavior, reducing violent behavior in communities, reducing poor academic performance in schools and more.

The role of prevention science is to aid professionals, including in psychology, counseling, social work, and healthcare to better provide services to children and families. Prevention science cuts across diverse settings such as schools, courts, community health centers and mental health agencies, primary care, child welfare, home visiting programs, foster care services and tribal behavioral health.

Use prevention science in your health profession

 

There is a growing need for a well-trained workforce that understands the challenges, opportunities, and the service approaches that can promote healthy development, including in the physical, social, emotional, interpersonal, and occupational domains. ASU’s Certificate in Applied Prevention Science is proud to address this need by training individuals as professional prevention specialists.

Prevention Specialists at ASU are trained to lead efforts in the systematic identification and advocacy for community-based psychological interventions. Preventive interventions target precursors of dysfunction, also known as risk factors; as well as components or circumstances that reduce the probability of problem development in the presence of risk, known as protective factors.

Prevention Specialists from ASU’s graduate certificate program will learn to evaluate evidence-based preventive psychological interventions known to counteract risk factors and strengthen protective factors as a way to disrupt processes or situations that give rise to human disorders or social dysfunction. ASU is the only accredited top tier university offering an online graduate certificate in prevention science. The ASU Certificate in Applied Prevention Science offers foundational and theoretical knowledge that can be used to understand how to prevent maladjustment and promote psychosocial and physical health prevention and promotion.

ASU’s Psychology Department in the Tempe Campus is the ideal training source in Applied Prevention Science. Since the early 1980’s our Prevention Science in Psychology faculty have been producing cutting-edge research to develop several evidence-based interventions, all of which are currently being disseminated and continuously implemented worldwide.

Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

The ASU Department of Psychology ranks as a top 30 Psychology programs in the country by the National Research Council and the U.S. News and World Report.

ASU psychology is one of the most productive academic units in the university, with almost $15 million per year in federal and foundation research funding.

Students and faculty of the Department of Psychology are invested in leveraging resources to aid communities to become more resilient. Students of psychology work with nonprofit and community organizations to conduct community-embedded and impactful research.

Learn to prevent & moderate human dysfunctions before they occur.

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Featured courses


PSY 563. Prevention Planning and Evaluation in Service Settings.


PSY 564. Prevention Education, Communication, and Service Delivery.


PSY 567. Prevention Organization and Community Change.


PSY 569. Professional Ethics, Growth and Responsibility in Prevention.


PSY 678. Preventive Psychosocial Interventions that work.


Potential prevention science outcomes for your job:

Human service organizations

Health organizations

Educational organizations

Federally-funded prevention centers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

General Accounting Office

State agencies

Nonprofit centers

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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The largest and more diverse college at ASU

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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