James Madison University

Substance Abuse Prevention Minor

For more information:
Katherine Ott Walter, PhD, CHES
ottwalmk@jmu.edu
540-568-8972
MSC 4301 3114 HHS

This interdisciplinary substance abuse prevention minor provides the student with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to assist communities in designing science-based prevention programs to encourage healthy attitudes and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Coursework in this minor will help prepare the student for the Certified Prevention Professionals-ATOD exam which they can take after one year of prevention related paid work experience and additional prevention specific training.

One of the following (Foundational Knowledge)


  • HTH 230: Community Health (3) GHTH 100
  • GPSYC 160: Life Span Human Development (3)
  • FAM/GERN/NPS/SOWK 375: Grant Writing for Agencies (3)
  • HHS 415: Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare: An Interprofessional Approach (1)

One of the following (Education and Skill Development)


  • HTH 451: Health Behavior Change (3) F/S, HTH 230 or permission from instructor
  • PSYC 308: Health Psychology (3) S permission from instructor

One of the following (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug specific)


  • HTH 378: The Use and Effects of Drugs (3) F/S HTH 230 or permission from instructor
  • PSYC 285: Drugs and Behavior (3) F/S

One of the following (Public Policy specific)


  • PPA 462: Social Welfare and Local Policy (3) permission from instructor
  • PPA 359: Policy Analysis(3) permission from instructor
  • SOWK 335: Social Policy (3) SOWK 288 & GPOSC 225 or POSC 302

One of the following (Population specific)


  • SOWK 387: Working with Teenagers (3) rotating basis
  • SOWK 386: Youth Empowerment Strategies (3) rotating basis
  • PSYC 250: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3) non-psychology majors
  • PSYC 335: Abnormal Psychology (3) psychology majors

Required Capstone Course


  • HTH 458 Program Planning and Evaluation (3) HTH 230, HTH 358, HTH 451 or permission from instructor (only for non health science majors)

Practicum/Internship (Optional)


  • HTH 389 (1-3) This course is required for students whose major does not have a practicum or internship. A minimum of 100 hours must be completed in the field of ATOD prevention.

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