Programs and Degrees

Substance Abuse Prevention : Online

What is Substance Abuse Prevention : Online?

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.

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.

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


For academic advising related to the substance abuse prevention certificate:

Contact the CECH Student Services Center

360 Teachers Dyer Complex

PO BOX 210014

Cincinnati, OH 45221

Tel: 513-556-2336

Fax: 513-556-3020

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.

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.

Graduation Requirements

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 upon completion of the required course work.

Application Deadlines

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.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Substance Abuse Prevention : Online

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years


Uptown Campus West


PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-2336
CECH Student Services