Certificate in Prevention Science

The Texas A&M University Certificate in Prevention Science (CPS) is a graduate level certificate.  

CPS prepares students to address the prevention of mental and physical health problems through:

  • Theory
  • Intervention
  • Research & Evaluation  

CPS students develop a strong foundation in theory, implementation science, and program evaluation.

What is Prevention Science?

Prevention science is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the prevention of social and public health concerns. The Society for Prevention Science sets the standards for implementing and evaluating preventive efforts.  

CPS aligns with the mission and goals of the Society for Prevention Science.  

Admission Requirements

Master’s or doctoral student at Texas A&M University in good academic standing.

Students must submit the following application materials via the online application:

  • Current Curriculum Vita or Resume
  • Completed Application 


Apply to Prevention Science

Application materials are due during graduate student’s fall registration period.  Please visit the TAMU registrar’s office for specific dates.

Course Requirements

The goal of CPS courses is to give students a broader framework for understanding societal problems they are interested in preventing through interventions, programming, and research. CPS coursework intends to help students understand how these concerns can be addressed through interdisciplinary research and practice.
The CPS is a 15 credit hour certificate.

Students will take the following courses (12 credit hours):

  • SPSY 638: Systems Consultation and Prevention Science
  • HLTH 630: Program Planning and Design
  • SPSY 627: Culturally Responsive Interventions: Models for Making Cultural Adaptations to Interventions
  • RPTS 672: Community Based Participatory Research

And 3 credit hours of one of the following courses:

  • ALEC 625: Program Evaluation and Organizational Accountability (w/ Dr. Elbert)
  • HLTH 632: Health Program Evaluation
  • EPSY 631: Program Evaluation 

Students must complete certificate course requirements with an average GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Recommended Course Sequence

The following course sequence is recommended to ensure timely completion of the certificate within one year.  Students are encouraged but not required to enroll in certificate courses in this sequence. The CPS is a 15 credit hour certificate.

  • Fall Semester
    • Systems Consultation and Prevention Science (SPSY 638)
    • Program Planning and Design (HLTH 630)
  • Spring Semester
    • Program Evaluation (ALEC 625; EPSY 631; HLTH 632)
    • RPTS 672: Community Based Participatory Research
  • Summer Semester
    • SPSY 627: Culturally Responsive Interventions: Models for Making Cultural Adaptations to Interventions

Certificate Completion

The semester prior to graduation, students must submit a record of performance to the Chair of the CPS Advisory Council which includes:

  • Transcript documenting a GPA of 3.0 or higher of PS certificate courses
  • Submission of prevention science paper
  • Completion of prevention science pre-post test knowledge survey

Receive the CPS

The CPS Advisory Council Chair will review the record of performance. The Chair will submit a list of students who have completed the requirements for the certificate to the registrar’s office the semester before they graduate. The certificate will be transcripted. A student who has any outstanding fees to the University or incomplete coursework cannot receive a certificate.

Advisory Council

The CPS Advisory Council provides input and oversight for the CPS program. The Council consists of faculty representatives from each of the sponsoring departments or units:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Health and Kinesiology
  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

The current Chair of the Prevention Science Advisory Council is Dr. Jamilia Blake

Advisory Council Members

Member Member Information

Dr. Jamilia Blake


Prevention Science Advisory Council Chair - Associate Professor Department of Educational Psychology Representative

Dr. Kelly Wilson


Associate Professor Department of Health and Kinesiology Representative

Dr. Corliss Outley


Associate Department Head and Associate Professor of Recreational Parks and Tourism