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Washington State University

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Ph.D. in Prevention Science


P.O.Box 644852




United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Prevention Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Prevention Science Graduate Program at Washington State University provides training opportunities at the doctoral level for students interested in developing expertise in the study of individuals and families and in the development and evaluation of prevention programs.

The Ph.D. in Prevention Science is an interdisciplinary program.

Participating faculty are from:

Human Development
Health and Wellness

This program is available to students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a prevention science-related discipline or have significant prevention science experience.

The program emphasizes training in both the generation of research-based knowledge and its translation into effective programs and policies that positively impact the well-being of children, youth, adults, families, and their communities.

The field of prevention science is interdisciplinary, and integrates theories and methodology from the disciplines of human development, behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology), economics, communication, health sciences, evaluation, epidemiology, and public policy and administration. Prevention science involves:

1.Conducting basic research on risk and protective factors
2.Using the resulting knowledge to develop, evaluate, and disseminate programs that promote the healthy physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development of children, youth, adults, and families.

Examples of prevention programs include drug and alcohol prevention programs; broad-based youth development programs; obesity prevention programs; and early child care and learning quality improvement programs.


WSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Extensive

Institution Sector: Public

Locale: Distant Town

Size & Settings: 20,000 and above