Prevention Science

Prevention Science is concerned with the study of effective preventive interventions within systems. The target audience of this type of study may be individuals and/or broader social settings such as families, work or school settings, communities, and policies. The Prevention Science track emphasizes the development and assessment of community or population-based interventions.


The competencies for the Prevention Science track are based on the health education competencies developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.. Students in the Prevention Science track develop skills to plan, implement, and evaluate community programs, and to communicate health and behavioral information. Courses place a strong emphasis on the application of prevention science knowledge, behavioral theories, and models to real-life public health situations and settings.

2017-2018 On-Campus Sessions

Fall 2017: Orientation- August 24, August 25-27, November 17-19 - Completed

Spring 2018: January 5-7, April 6-8

Summer 2018: May 18-20, August 3-5

2018-2019 On-Campus Sessions

Fall 2018: Orientation- August 23, August 24-26, November 16-18

Spring 2019: January 11-13, April 12-14

Summer 2019: May 17-19, August 2-4

MPH Degree Requirements - Prevention Science

42 credit hours, successful completion of a practicum and a thesis


All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour practicum. This practical experience is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and application of knowledge and research findings to public health settings by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience. Public health work environments include nonprofit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms.

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EMPH students must register for PRS 595R: Practicum (2 credit hours) in order to enroll in the practicum.
As part of the practicum requirement, EMPH students must also present their practicum experience via a poster presentation during an on-campus session

Sample practicum titles for the Prevention Science track have included:

Emory Latino Diabetes Education for Gestational Diabetes in Latino Women

Patient Barriers to Appointment Follow-ups for the Grady Heart Failure Clinic to Inform and Implement a Modified Action Plan

Young Women’s Leadership Academy


Examples of thesis titles for the Prevention Science track include:

An Evaluation of Workplace Conditions as Causative Factors to Incidents of Type III Workplace Violence in the Construction and Environmental Remediation Industries

Bridging the Social Support Needs Gap For African American Women with Lupus Through the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Factors Contributing to Incomplete Reporting of Patient Risk Factor Information on HIV/AIDS Case Report Forms in the State of Georgia

For more thesis examples please click here.