James Madison University

Substance Abuse Prevention Minor

For more information:
Katherine Ott Walter, PhD, CHES
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.


  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • Health Sciences has BLACKOUT dates of September 15th and February 15th. You must be declared by September 15th to add HTH courses in the following Spring semester and by February 15th for the following Fall semester. There are NO exceptions.
  • May 4-6
    Commencement Ceremonies

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