Prevention Science

Prevention Science is concerned with the study of effective preventive interventions within communities and systems. The target audiences for these types of interventions 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 across a wide range of public health issues.


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.

MPH Degree Requirements - Prevention Science

42 credit hours, successful completion of an Applied Practice Experience (APE), and an Integrative Learning Experience

The EMPH program gave me a solid foundation on the concepts of public health. While I had picked up a lot of practical knowledge on the job, the EMPH program has allowed me to place the knowledge I’ve acquired on the job into a public health framework.

Grace Tran

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour Applied Practice Experience (APE). This 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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