School of Public Health
Dr. Jeffrey Coben has been named Interim Dean of the WVU School of Public Health, effective February 1, 2013. Dr. Coben graduated with honors from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. After graduation, he undertook residency training in emergency medicine and internal medicine at Northwestern University Medical Center. Since 1980, he has maintained continuous certification by both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Coben’s public health career has included previous academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded and directed the Center for Injury Research and Control, and as Assistant Dean at the Philadelphia-based institution that developed into the Drexel School of Public Health.
Dr. Coben has achieved international recognition for his accomplishments in the field of injury prevention and control. He has authored over 100 scholarly works, and is the only individual to ever serve as director of a CDC-supported injury control research center at two different academic institutions (WVU and the University of Pittsburgh). He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Commission Against Drunk Driving, the U.S. Office of Women’s Health Advisory Committee for Violence Against Women, and as Senior Scholar-in-Residence for Domestic Violence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has held continuous extramural funding for nearly 20 years to support his injury prevention research, including leading collaborative international research efforts with investigators from New Zealand and Canada.
Dr. Coben is a tenured Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership within the WVU School of Public Health, and in the Department of Emergency Medicine within the WVU School of Medicine. Since joining WVU in 2004, he has served as director of the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine, director of the CDC-supported Injury Control Research Center, and Vice Chair for Research within the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a member of the West Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, a member of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide, and a founding board member of the West Virginia Health Improvement Institute.Curriculum Vitae