MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences

The MPH degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBHS) addresses the behavioral, social, and environmental factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life span. Research and practice in this track contributes to the development, administration, and evaluation of programs and policies in public health to promote and sustain healthy environments and lives for individuals and populations. 

The curriculum is designed so that students have a broad exposure to the core disciplines in public health and introduction to the social and behavioral sciences during their first academic year with a greater focus on SBHS in their second academic year. The standard schedule allows for students to select three electives (nine credit hours). It is highly recommended that these electives be selected from the approved list of electives for students in SBHS. Students may also opt to complete a Public Health Practice  area of emphasis.

A student who graduates with an MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences from WVU will be qualified to work and provide leadership in public health and research settings at national, state or local levels, or work in the public or private sector on health promotion program implementations and evaluation efforts.