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Washington State University Graduate School

Prevention Science, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the PhD in Prevention Science, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a mastery of theory and basic research on human development in the contexts of family, peers, school, and community.
  2. Demonstrate a mastery of: a) individual, family, and environmental risk and protective factors and how they relate to optimal human development; and b) the epidemiological approach to assessment of their prevalence.
  3. Design and conduct rigorous basic and/or applied research in the area of prevention science, including scientific tests of program efficacy/effectiveness and translational research on program implementation, outcomes, dissemination cost, and sustainability.
  4. Apply theory and research findings to the design of programs that promote optimal development and prevent poor physical, social, and emotional outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills for the dissemination of research findings to a variety of audiences and for affecting evidence-based policy decisions.
  6. Write successful grant and contract proposals to fund prevention science research and programming.
  7. Implement effective teaching strategies.







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