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Substance Abuse Prevention

This cross disciplinary substance abuse prevention minor provides the student with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to assist communities in designing science-based prevention programs to encourage healthy attitudes and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  Course work in this minor will help prepare the student for the Certified Prevention Professionals- ATOD exam, which they can take after one year of prevention-related paid work experience and additional prevention-specific training.

Required Courses Credit Hours
One of the following (foundational knowledge): 3
HTH 230 Community Health  
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development  
FAM/GERN/NPS/SOWK 375 Grant Writing for Agencies  
HHS 415. Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare: An Interprofessional Approach  
One of the following (education and skill development): 3
PSYC 308. Health Psychology  
HTH 351Health Behavior Change  
One of the following (alcohol, tobacco and other drug-specific): 3
PSYC 285 Drugs and Behavior  
HTH 378 The Use and Effects of Drugs  
One of the following (public policy-specific): 3
PPA 359. Policy Analysis  
PPA 462. Social Welfare and Local Policy  
SOWK 335. Social Policy (SOWK majors only)  
One of the following (population-specific): 3
PSYC 250.Introduction to Abnormal Psychology  
PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology  
SOWK 386. Youth Empowerment Strategies  
SOWK 387. Working with Teenagers  
Required Capstone Course 3
HTH 458. Program Planning and Evaluation  
HTH 389. Practicum/Internship (Optional) 1 1-3


1 This course is required for students whose major does not have a practicum or internship. Students may complete 30 hours for 1 credit, 60 hours for 2 credits or 90 hours for 3 credits in the field of ATOD prevention/education.