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Substance Abuse Prevention : Distance Learning

What is Substance Abuse Prevention : Distance Learning?

Substance abuse prevention is a young but growing career field. 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 master's level online coursework caters to counselors, educators, military service personnel, and criminal justice professionals who desire to further skills in their profession.

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.

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. Students who excel in the substance abuse prevention certificate program often have very strong interpersonal skills and work well with others. In addition, having excellent written and verbal communications skills will assist these students to excel in the workforce in a number of positions.

Career Possibilities

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

Curriculum Guides


For academic advising related to the Substance Abuse Prevention Certificate:

CECH Student Services Center 1110 One Edwards Center PO Box 210014 Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0014 Tel: (513) 556-2336 Fax: (513) 556-3020

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The Substance Abuse Prevention Graduate 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.


Special Programs

All five health education courses may be used towards a master's of public health degree with a health education concentration. Students who take coursework in this certificate program will also be introduced to other graduate degrees in mental health counseling, school counseling, and health education, where they can continue their studies.

Freshman Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the online certificate program, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.8 (out of 4.0).

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the online Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Prevention from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for all students are as follows:

Fall semester - July 1

Spring semester – November 15

Summer semester – April 1


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, federal regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832] by the U.S. Department of Education require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

Generally, GE Programs include:

  • At public and private not-for-profit institutions: Title IV-eligible non-degree programs (e.g., certificate and diploma programs).
  • At for-profit institutions: All Title-IV eligible instructional programs, degree and non-degree.

Quick Facts

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Degree in Substance Abuse Prevention : Distance Learning

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



Phone: 513-556-9261
George Richardson