The field of prevention science aims to:

  • Understand community- and individual-level academic, social, and health problems
  • Develop effective interventions
  • Translate scientific evidence into policy and practice

One reason for the emergence of prevention science as an interdisciplinary field is the growing recognition that the most challenging problems rarely fit within the confines of traditional disciplines.

Prevention science draws from a diverse range of disciplines—including the epidemiological, social, psychological, behavioral, medical, and neurobiological sciences…

A central tenet of prevention science is the promotion of health equity and reduction of disparities by studying how social, economic and racial inequalities and discrimination influence healthy development and well-being.”

National Prevention Science Coalition