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Washington State University Graduate School

Prevention Science, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Acquire an understanding of theory and basic research on child, youth, and adult development in the contexts of family, peers, school, and community.
  2.  Acquire an understanding of: individual, family, and environmental risk and protective factors and how they relate to optimal human development; and the epidemiological approach to the  assessment of their prevalence.
  3.  Apply theory and research findings to the design of programs that promote optimal development and prevent poor physical, social, and emotional outcomes.
  4.  Design and conduct scientific tests of program efficacy and effectiveness.
  5.  Conduct translational research on program implementation, outcomes, dissemination, cost, and sustainability (moving programs from research to practice).
  6.  Develop effective written and oral communication skills for the dissemination of research findings to a variety of audiences and for effecting evidence-based policy decisions.
  7.  Write successful grant and contract proposals to fund prevention research.



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