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Careers In Prevention Science

Besides the traditional academic jobs in research and teaching in graduates' respective disciplines, training in prevention provides opportunities for graduates to be competitive in several other career tracks including:

  • Positions in human service, health and educational organizations concerned with the design, implementation and/or evaluation of prevention programs.
  • Positions in federally funded prevention centers that are mission-based and interdisciplinary in orientation. Many of these centers hire postdoctoral scholars interested in prevention and intervention, and these positions can lead to a variety of additional career opportunities.
  • Positions in government agencies and nonprofit research centers and organizations devoted to applied research on social issues and policies. Federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Accounting Office hire young scholars with prevention and intervention interests.
The training program also would be expected to help graduates seek academic and other positions that are cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary such as in policy institutes and schools as well as human development, education, nursing, psychology and social work departments.
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