About

The School of Public Health is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  The School's resources and capacity for research, innovation, discovery and partnerships makes West Virginia University a foundational choice for a career in public health practice and/or academia.      

The School of Public Health was formed through a collaborative effort by West Virginia University, Health Sciences and the WV State Legislature. Through state-wide collaboration, the School engages with communities for the overall improvement of health of West Virginians and those living in the Appalachian Region.

Housed within a distinguished Health Sciences Center, the School offers students opportunities to uncover evidence-based solutions to address the health of communities.

Undergraduates begin their studies in the natural and social sciences, while becoming familiar with cultural and socioeconomic differences among populations.  Further study provides students with knowledge and skills needed to identify evidence-based techniques for disease prevention and promotion of health. 

Students entering our programs can expect the following:

  • Affordable programs and student employment opportunities
  • Experienced faculty mentors
  • Small class sizes
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • Collaborative practice-based partnership opportunities throughout the region
  • An active Student Association of Public Health (SAPH)
  • SPH Student Ambassador opportunities

Graduate students are mentored and paired with research opportunities and practice-based experiences available at local, state, national, and international levels.  Local opportunities include a partnership with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), located adjacent to the Health Sciences campus. Campus research centers include the WVU Injury Control Research Center; WVU Health Research Center; the West Virginia Prevention Research Center; WVU Biostatistics Consulting Group; the WVU Office for Health Services Research and many more interprofessional affiliates within the Health Sciences Center and throughout the region.