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Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance abuse prevention is a young but growing career field. The substance abuse prevention certificate was developed as a new certificate for students who wish to become state and nationally certified substance abuse prevention specialists. Aligned with certification requirements in the State of Ohio and with the national certification board, the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC), this certificate prepares educators, clinical practitioners, criminal justice majors and other service professionals to provide community-based interventions designed to reduce substance abuse and related problematic behaviors.
Courses are taught online by faculty in the School of Human Services and select adjuncts working in the field of substance abuse prevention. Several credits can also apply toward a master's degree in public health.
LocationDistance Learning Only
DepartmentSubstance Abuse Counseling
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
Contact361 Dyer Hall
1110 One Edwards
Student Success Factors
UC's substance abuse prevention certificate offers a combination of courses in substance abuse counseling and health education, as well as courses specific to substance prevention. The online coursework caters to counselors, educators, military service personnel, and criminal justice professionals who desire to further skills in their profession. Students who have an interest in working in the community providing assistance to others are great candidates for the certificate in substance abuse prevention.
The substance abuse prevention certificate was developed by a team of academic specialists and practitioners in the field to help students and career professionals gain the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to work with the addicted population and those who have been affected by exposure to addictive behavior. Aspects of the program are well suited for those who come in contact with and may assist addicted persons and their families, including:
- Probation, parole and corrections officers
- Social workers and guidance counselors
- Mental health professionals
- Nurses and other medical staff
- Psychiatrists and psychologists
- Military personnel
- Certified professionals who may want to enhance their career opportunities
- Licensed professional counselors
Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.
To earn this certificate, students must complete 18 semester-credit hours (6 courses) by completing all core requirements.
The substance abuse prevention certificate is structured to meet the education requirements of the highest level of certification for both IC and RC and the State of Ohio. Ohio is the more stringent of the two and encompasses the requirements of the national certificate. Applicants for state certification must also successfully pass the national certification exam and work in a prevention capacity for a prescribed amount of time, depending on the level of education already completed.
There are no practicum or internship experiences associated with the substance abuse prevention certificate program. Courses will be taught in an online format by School of Human Services faculty and selected adjuncts working in the field of prevention.
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Curriculum Guide Versions:
Substance Abuse Prevention Certificate Curriculum
- Substance Abuse Prevention Curriculum
- HPE1020, Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion and Education, 3
- HPE3071, Health Education Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation I, 3
- HPE3072, Health Education Program Planning, Implentation and Evaluation II, 3
- SACN1005, Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention, SS, 3
- SACN2011, Drugs and Behavior, SE, SS, 3
- SACN6005, Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention , 3
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
The substance abuse prevention undergraduate certificate program is designed to provide the education requirements for the highest level of national and state (Ohio) level certification. Applicants for state certification must also successfully pass the national certification exam and work in a prevention capacity for a prescribed amount of time, depending on the level of education already completed. There are no practicum or internship experiences associated with the substance abuse prevention certificate program.
Courses will be taught in an online format by human services faculty and selected adjuncts working in the field of prevention.
To earn this certificate, students must complete 18 semester-credit hours (6 courses), completing all core requirements. Students must submit a certificate of completion form to the Student Services Center in 1110 One Edwards Center upon completion of the required course work.
Application deadlines for all students are as follows: fall semester - July 1; spring semester - November 1; summer semester - March 1.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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