About the European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC)


The European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) was developed by a European project entitled UPC-Adapt, which was co-funded by the European Commission. Eleven partners from nine European countries cooperated in the project and adapted the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) to suit a European audience. The UPC was originally developed by Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) with funding from the US Department of State to the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme. The adaptation process was based on the guidelines of the European Prevention Standards Partnership on adaptation and dissemination of quality standards in different contexts (EDPQS Toolkit 4), which describe how to adapt it.

Since the EUPC’s target group in Europe is unlikely to be able (or willing) to attend a long and intensive prevention training course, this European curriculum is shorter and more accessible than the original UPC. It can be delivered in up to five days, unlike the original UPC, which requires up to nine weeks of training.

Who is the EUPC for?

This curriculum has been designed specifically to provide essential prevention knowledge to decision-, opinion- and policy-makers about the most effective evidence-based prevention interventions and approaches. EUPC is not aimed at frontline practitioners.

The target audience might include prevention coordinators, prevention specialists and policy-makers with both general and specialist roles that include responsibility for prevention programmes. In some countries, this group may also include senior practitioners who are influential in decision-making and professional development. They can be located at community, region or country level. They may also be heads of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engaged in delivering prevention, prevention coordinators in a regional administration, civil servants who develop strategy and commission prevention interventions in a municipality, or stakeholders and community coalitions.

The EUPC has a specific focus on these groups because of the key role they can play in influencing the development of prevention systems.

Why is there a need for the EUPC?

This initiative is a response to the lack of training opportunities in Europe that focus specifically on prevention. This prevention training has the goal of boosting the application and uptake of effective modern prevention approaches in Europe.

What is in the curriculum?

The curriculum provides a concise but informative and practically useful overview on topics including aetiology and epidemiology, school-based prevention, family-based prevention, environmental prevention, evaluation, etc. Delivering the training in academic settings will also help to ensure that the next generation of decision-, opinion- and policy-makers are equipped with specific knowledge about the advances in and utility of prevention science. This training provides an overview of evidence-based prevention in order to facilitate well-informed choices about funding and implementation priorities. For professionals who have followed the curriculum and want to deepen their knowledge about a particular aspect of prevention science and apply it accurately, safely and confidently (for example the use of media) we strongly recommend that they apply for one of the full UPC courses at https://www.apsieducationcenter.org/courses.

How is it delivered?

The EUPC can be delivered in different ways. There is a module for inclusion in prevention training carried out in academic settings and training modules for decision-, opinion- and policy-makers (DOPs). The first two basic modules of the DOP version can be delivered online and the additional 3 advanced modules can be delivered on the EMCDDA's training platform PLATO in e-learning format. The graph below explains the different training paths and options. The structure of the training uses a cascade ‘training of trainers’ approach whereby trainers acknowledged by the EMCDDA can further disseminate the training.

Different EUPC training scheme and courses. Students in prevention relevant courses can attend face-to-face trainings and become future trainers. There are a number of different paths open to decision-opinon and policy makers.

What resources are available?

You can download the EUPC handbook, which is intended as a reader or reference material for both trainees and trainers. Additional language versions of the handbook (e.g. DE, ES, ET, HR, IT, NL, PL and SI), as provided by the UPC-Adapt partners, are going to be added there as well. If you are considering translating the handbook, please follow the specific EUPC guidelines for translation and adaptation and the general EMCDDA guidelines for translation

Recognised EUPC trainers are provided with EUPC training materials, including a trainer’s guide and PowerPoint presentations. The list of EUPC trainers can be found here

How are the trainings organised?

We want to ensure that EUPC is delivered with a high degree of fidelity and by trusted partners. Details of the dissemination and quality control principles are available here.

We deliver trainings of European Master Trainers, periodically and preferably in Lisbon and in English only. The system is under continuous revision as contents and modalities of the Master trainings are being adapted after each training of Master Trainers.

European EUPC Master Trainers are acknowledged by the EMCDDA only if they fulfil a number of requirements. See more details here. Master Trainers can then set up training offers in their respective country or language (e.g. for French-, Greek- or German-speaking countries). These training offers should be non-profit. The EMCDDA cannot provide funding support for any of them in the EU.

How to enrol in an EUPC training?

Contact EUPC@emcdda.europa.eu or consult the list of EUPC trainers and master trainers here and contact them directly.

How to become a European trainer or a training provider?

In order to be admitted to a Training of Trainers course, European Master Trainers need to have a very thorough knowledge of the EUPC handbook and materials and should therefore have undergone one of the training versions of the EUPC (either the academic or the DOP version) and successfully passed the respective exam(1). We also admit candidates to our Training of Trainers courses who have completed a UPC CORE course delivered by APSI intl. and who are recommended by APSI. 

Currently there are no training fees, but travel and accommodation have to be borne by participants or their organisation.

Additional criteria for admission to the European master trainings can be found here. For further information and inquiries contact EUPC@emcdda.europa.eu

(1) Subject to further revision. Trainers from the EU-Projects who have developed the EUPC (UPC-Adapt project) or have developed further implementation strategies for it (ASAP project) are considered provisional European Master Trainers already. They need only to fulfil a few additional requirements in order to be acknowledged. 

UPC adaptation protocol