Academic Programs

MS in Prevention Science and Community Health

The new Master of Science degree program in Prevention Science and Community Health is intended to provide students with training in the fundamentals of prevention science, including: (a) the assessment of risk and protective factors that predict and modify health and behavior outcomes; (b) the development of preventive interventions that target these risk and protective factors; and (c) the implementation and evaluation of these interventions. Students in the program will develop skills in translating prevention research into demonstrable preventive action, and to successfully partner with communities and organizations for the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions with fidelity and sensitivity to communities’ diversity and unique strengths. The focus of this program is in line with the seven priority areas of the U.S. National Prevention Strategy (e.g., tobacco free living, preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, injury and violence free living, reproductive and sexual health, and mental/emotional well-being), as implemented through the Strategy’s strategic directions of creating healthy and safe communities, eliminating health disparities, providing clinical and community prevention services, and empowering people. The program is in intended to prepare students for research or technical positions in government, industry, academia, or private institutions, as well as to pursue future doctoral studies in public health.

The proposed curriculum consists of required coursework in prevention science and public health, required coursework in statistics/research methodology, credit hours in elective coursework (chosen in consultation with the program advisor), and required credit hours dedicated to proposing and completing a research thesis.

Core courses include:

  • EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I
  • EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics II
  • EPH 604 Clinical Trials
  • EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods
  • EPH 651 Research Methods

  • EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research
  • EPH 650 Health Economics for Evaluation and Policy
  • BST 625 Statistical Computing

Students also must select at least 2 courses from the following list of statistics/research methods courses:

  • EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I
  • EPH 602 Medical Biostatistics II
  • EPH 604 Clinical Trials
  • EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods
  • EPH 651 Research Methods

  • EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research
  • EPH 650 Health Economics for Evaluation and Policy
  • BST 625 Statistical Computing

For more information about the MS program in Prevention Science and Community Health, contact: Dr. Eric C. Brown, PhD, at ricbrown@miami.edu

*University Board of Trustee approval is pending
**CEPH notification is pending, final curriculum subject to change