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HDFS 375 - Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science

  • 3 credits
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Intervention and prevention approaches and skills to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of families and individuals across the lifespan.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate content knowledge and understanding of theory, research, and practice relevant to prevention and intervention sciences and programming aimed at improving the health, mental-health, and well-being of both typically and atypically developing individuals and families across the lifespan in the context of the larger social environment.
  • Explain the application of key principles of effective programs that address the intervention and prevention of major at-risk and psycho-pathological contexts.
  • Describe interventions with respect to targeted populations and rationale.
  • Develop basic helping skills needed by professionals working with families, children, adolescents, and adults in prevention and intervention settings.
  • Relate different levels of evidence (e.g., faculty, research, library, Internet, media, etc) to assess and theory to choose a particular intervention or prevention strategy.
  • Synthesize and acknowledge multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in prevention and intervention sciences in HDFS.
  • Develop effective collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting skills in the context of prevention and intervention sciences.

This course has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context); HDFS 311 (Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context)

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Lilyana Ortega
Lilyana Ortega

Dr. Ortega is an assistant professor in the HDFS department. She has been at CSU for two years but previously taught at the University of Maine and CU Boulder. Dr. Ortega’s research interests include evaluation of prevention and intervention programs for high-risk youth and restorative justice approaches.