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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):


HTH 230. Community Health


PSYC 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):


PSYC 308. Health Psychology


HTH 351. Health Behavior Change


One of the following (alcohol, tobacco and other drug-specific):


PSYC 285. Drugs and Behavior


HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs


One of the following (public policy-specific):


PPA 359. Policy Analysis


PPA 462. Social Welfare and Local Policy


SOWK 335. Social Policy (SOWK majors only)


One of the following (population-specific):


PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology


PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology


SOWK 386. Youth Empowerment Strategies


SOWK 387. Working with Teenagers


Required Capstone Course


HTH 458. Program Planning and Evaluation


HTH 389. Practicum/Internship (Optional)1



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.