AREAS OF STUDY

Academic Departments

Biostatistics

Biostatistics

Faculty members in the department develop new statistical methodology and provide the quantitative component to public health and biomedical research efforts.

Epidemiology

Epidemiology

As an epidemiology student , you will learn statistical techniques and research designs to investigate patterns of disease and their determinants, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the public.

Health Policy, Management, and Leadership

Health Policy, Management, and Leadership

Through dedication to excellence in education, research, and service, the department will serve as a catalyst to transform population health.

Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences

Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences

The department is made up of a diverse faculty including basic scientists, engineers, physicians, bioinformaticians, epidemiologists, and other public health scientists.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences

The department of Social and Behavioral Sciences conducts inquiries and applications to achieve optimal health and reduce health inequalities in West Virginia and the global community.

Student Stories

Chad Crigger

"Despite all of the definitions of Public Health I have read, I still prefer Dr. Reger-Nash's view of Public Health... Public Health is the theory, research, and practice of helping people live more fulfilling lives."

Angy El-Khatib

"To me, Public Health means a culmination of every imaginable discipline for the purpose of improved health and quality of life."

Bryan J. Youngblood

"This generation is the first generation whose life longevity will be lower than the previous because of disease."

Antegoni Kyros

"I decided to further my education at a school that is at the heart of its community and state."

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A Message from the Dean

Dean Gregory A. Hand, PhD

It is my great pleasure to work with a relatively small group of committed faculty, staff and students who have accepted the challenge and responsibility of promoting good health and providing for a safe environment.

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FDA E-Cig Ruling: Local Experts React

Public health professionals say although many are led to believe these things are a safer alternative to cigarettes or chew, we don't yet have the science to back that up. They say this is just one of many steps needed to move the Mountain State forward in terms of our heavy use of tobacco.

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WVU experts laud FDA's extension of tobacco regulations to e-cigarettes, other products

Public health and other experts at West Virginia University lauded the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement Thursday that e-cigarettes and other tobacco products like premium cigars and hookahs will be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

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Simple Mind-Body Therapies Shown to Improve Subjective Cognitive Decline, a Strong Predictor of Alzheimer’s Disease

Simple Mind-Body Therapies Shown to Improve Subjective Cognitive Decline, a Strong Predictor of Alzheimer’s Disease

New Study from School of Public Health professor published in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Tobacco is WV's Opportunity for Change

Our state spends over $1.3 billion a year on health care costs directly related to cigarette smoking and loses another $1 billion in workplace productivity. The state government’s financial crisis is directly tied to the $277 million we must spend each year on Medicaid charges associated with cigarette smoking. That’s about $150 per citizen, smoker or not. Last year, about 3.5 billion cigarettes were sold in West Virginia. Children and teens bought or smoked about 70 million of those. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion-op-ed-commentaries/20160417/gregory-a-hand-clay-b-marsh-tobacco-is-wvs-opportunity-for-change#sthash.YGFHPzIr.dpuf

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