Academic Dates (Fall 2012 - Summer 2013)
MPH Program Values:
MPH Program values were developed by SPH faculty and staff and reflect the values of West Virginia University and the needs of the State. West Virginia is the second most rural state in the union, and generally ranks among the three poorest states. Moreover, West Virginia is the only state wholly located in Appalachia.
MPH Program values are operationalized through course syllabi and curriculum, student, staff and faculty recruitment, selection and retention, student governance and government, research, service opportunities, and collaborative relationships. Incorporated into program administration and all other aspects of program operation, these values, as listed below, pertain to social justice, diversity, partnership, and community service.
Social Justice - The MPH Program is founded upon the ethic of social justice. The SPH is committed to West Virginia University's mission to focus attention on issues of diversity, power, and perspective, so that students, faculty, and staff may study and work in a climate of academic freedom and social responsibility, and develop the skills, knowledge, and self-esteem necessary for participation as world citizens. The University also has a strategic plan for achieving social justice which can be accessed at http://bit.ly/RxFUFS or the on-site resource file for WVU Graduate Handbook, Commitment to Social Justice Policy.
Diversity - The MPH Program maintains an environment that respects diversity and recognizes the need to recruit minority students and faculty in order to enhance the learning experience.
Partnership - The MPH program seeks to maintain collaborative relationships with public and private agencies, communities, and other higher education institutions at local, regional, state and international levels to enhance the educational, research, service and practice environment.
Community Service - Service to West Virginian Appalachian communities provides students with opportunities to apply practice and theory, develop a stronger professional identity, and identify and resolve public health problems.