Certificate in Prevention Science

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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
  • Public policy  

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.

Application materials are due April 1st:

  • Letter of interest detailing evidence of career interests compatible with the certificate
  • Current Curriculum Vita
  • Letter of support from your advisor or doctoral chair approving admission to certificate 

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Course Requirements

The goal of CPS courses is to give students a broader framework for understanding societal problems they are interested in preventing. 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.

  • Enroll in Prevention Science and System Consultation (SPSY 638): offered fall semester
  • Enroll in Interdisciplinary Seminar in Prevention Science (SPSY 620; RPTS 620; HLTH 671): offered spring semester
  • Enroll in 9 hours of courses (3 classes) that the meet the course requirement criteria.
    • View CPS Coursework.
    • At least 6 hours of these courses (2 classes) must be outside the student’s department

Certificate completion

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

  • Certificate completion cover sheet
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Updated curriculum vita
  • Students must complete certificate course requirements with an average GPA of 3.00 or higher.

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
  • School of Public Health
  • Sociology

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. Kenneth McLeroy


Regents Professor School of Rural Public Health Representative 

Dr. Verna Keith


Professor of Sociology Director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI)

Dr. Corliss Outley


Associate Department Head and Associate Professor of Recreational Parks and Tourism