The master of science in prevention science program combines the broad elements of interdisciplinary study with an in-depth understanding of prevention science. This three-hour course provides a theoretical and practical basis for exploring the role of primary prevention, examining prevention practice as social action, analyzing prevention systems development and evaluating the role of media advocacy and social marketing in effective prevention practice. This course is a concentration course for the M.S. in prevention science.
The master of science in prevention science program combines the broad elements of interdisciplinary study with an in-depth understanding of prevention science. Students in this course will study lifespan issues, to include theories of human growth and development, brain development, impact of substances on the brain at various stages of development, transition periods and strategies to address service provision issues. At the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of prevention theory, the future of prevention and prevention science and will be empowered to view individual and community prevention in a “lifespan” approach. This course is a core concentration course for the M.A. in Prevention Science.
This course is designed to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills essential to the understanding and application of concepts, principles, processes and models to plan, design, implement and evaluate substance abuse prevention programs. Material covered in this course will demonstrate the logical link between utilizing data to identify priority issues, select “best fit” interventions and develop an appropriate evaluation design.
Examination of the effects of drug use on the brain. Topics include physical and functional aspects of the brain, damage to the brain caused by drugs, and how brain damage appears as behavioral patterns that cause problems for individuals, their families and society in general.
Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and permission of dean. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. 75 working hours (per credit hour) of field experience directly related to study focus in the Master's program is required. Requirements include journal, reports, written summary and comprehensive examination over these materials. (F, Sp, Su). See also: