The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in epidemiology is designed for those who wish to acquire skills necessary for research in public health.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in epidemiology prepares students for careers in research and teaching, often at a university, federal or state agency, or private research institution.
Welcome to the West Virginia University’s School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology.
Epidemiology is the study of disease or health condition occurrence, etiology, pathology, and nosology across populations. Epidemiological methods and data are employed to design interventions, assess efficacy, and measure outcomes. Akin to clinical findings and pathology, an epidemiologic understanding of health conditions is a crucial baseline component for mitigating negative health outcomes and increasing recovery.
Epidemiologist study the variation of disease in relation to age, sex, race, occupational and social characteristics, place of residence, susceptibility, exposure to specific agents or other pertinent characteristics. Also of concern are the temporal distribution of disease, the examination of trends, cyclical patterns and intervals between exposure to causative factors and onset of disease.
Our department has faculty with experience in many areas, including: age-related disorders, diabetes, chronic diseases, gene x environment interactions, infectious diseases, injury prevention, mind-body medicine, physical activity, suicide, systems biology, and travel safety.