Applied Prevention Science (Graduate Certificate)

The Certificate of Applied Prevention Science is an online graduate certificate program designed to prepare students for the field of Prevention Science, a field that seeks to prevent maladjustment and promote psychosocial and physical health prevention and promotion. 

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.

Prevention science training offers opportunities in other career tracks:

  1. Human service, health, and educational organizations concerned with the design, implementation and/or evaluation of prevention programs.
  2. Federally-funded prevention centers that are mission-based and interdisciplinary in orientation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Accounting Office hire those with prevention and intervention training.
  3. State agencies and nonprofit centers and organizations devoted to applied research on social issues and policies

Prevention Specialist Jobs - Nationally

What is prevention science?

Prevention is a cost-effective way to address top public health problems and 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. There is a pressing need to train individuals as professional prevention specialists. This certificate program is intended to serve those in counseling, social work, healthcare, and various fields of psychosocial intervention that provide services to children and families across diverse settings (schools, courts, community health centers and mental health agencies, primary care, child welfare, home visiting programs, foster care services, tribal behavioral health). 

Prevention Science seeks to prevent or moderate major human dysfunctions before they occur. Regardless of the type of issue on hand, the factors that lead to the problem must be identified and addressed. Applied Prevention Science is focused primarily on the systematic application and advocacy of/for community-based psychological interventions that target potential 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, also known as protective factors. Preventive psychological interventions aim to counteract risk factors and reinforce protective factors to disrupt processes or situations that give rise to human disorders or social dysfunction. 

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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.

The online graduate certificate program in Applied Prevention Science at ASU seeks to prepare the next generation of Prevention Specialists to coordinate efforts aimed to prevent or moderate major human dysfunctions before they occur. Prevention Specialists at ASU are trained to lead efforts in the systematic identification and advocacy for community-based psychological interventions.

. 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.

5 total classes
5 faculty members
6 months completion time

Degree Overview

The Applied Prevention Sciences Certificate is an online graduate certificate program. 

The ASU Certificate in Applied Prevention Science would offer foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary in the field of Prevention Science, a field that seeks to prevent maladjustment and promote psychosocial and physical health prevention and promotion. 

 

How to apply

Apply via the ASU Online Degree portal here

“The ASU Certificate in Applied Prevention Science is here to increase the number of proven strategies and programs made available to the community,” said Armando Pina, associate professor of psychology. “By training people how to find and evaluate evidence-based treatments and interventions, we will give them tools they can put into action in any community at any time.”

Curriculum

Applied Prevention Science courses are offered in an accelerated format (15 credits anytime) and self-paced “block” format. Block offerings are shown below, albeit each course is offered each term: Fall A, Fall B, Spring A, Spring B, Summer C. Each block is 7.5 weeks of coursework.  The advised academic blocks are

Courses and electives

  • A “flexible and blended” format (anytime + block) is an option for some students. To learn more about the “flexible and blended” format, please email armando.pina@asu.edu

PSY 567. PREVENTION ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNITY CHANGE. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for affecting organizational and community change to promote and engage in evidence-based prevention practices. 

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PSY 567. PREVENTION ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNITY CHANGE. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for affecting organizational and community change to promote and engage in evidence-based prevention practices. 

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PSY 678. PREVENTIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS THAT WORK. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for identifying evidence-based protocols

PSY 564. PREVENTION EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SERVICE DELIVERY. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for prevention planning. This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for promoting prevention efforts, articulating the benefits and challenges of engaging in prevention, promote high quality service delivery that is science-based and theoretically informed. 

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PSY 564. PREVENTION EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SERVICE DELIVERY. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for prevention planning. This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for promoting prevention efforts, articulating the benefits and challenges of engaging in prevention, promote high quality service delivery that is science-based and theoretically informed. 

AND 

PSY 678. PREVENTIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS THAT WORK. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for identifying evidence-based protocols

PSY 563. PREVENTION PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN SERVICE SETTINGS. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for prevention planning and evaluation in service settings. 

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PSY 563. PREVENTION PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN SERVICE SETTINGS. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for prevention planning and evaluation in service settings. 

AND 

PSY 678. PREVENTIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS THAT WORK. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for identifying evidence-based protocols

 

PSY 569. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, GROWTH AND RESPONSIBILITY IN PREVENTION. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for engaging and maintaining practices in prevention that are ethical, culturally responsive, and adhere to the beneficence and nonmaleficence principles. 

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PSY 569. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, GROWTH AND RESPONSIBILITY IN PREVENTION. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for engaging and maintaining practices in prevention that are ethical, culturally responsive, and adhere to the beneficence and nonmaleficence principles. 

AND 

 PSY 678. PREVENTIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS THAT WORK. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for identifying evidence-based protocols

PSY 678. PREVENTIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS THAT WORK. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for identifying evidence-based protocols