MPH in Health Policy

The Health Policy major in the MPH program is designed for students interested in healthcare management and administration, state and local health policy issues, and improving health through policy, environmental and systems change. The major is ideal for recent graduates or public health professionals who want to advance their careers in a variety of public health, government, healthcare, or other professional settings.

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Learning Goals

  • Explain health care and public health services within the context of U.S. policy system.
  • Propose policy strategies for improving the health status of populations.
  • Explain how health care resources are allocated.
  • Explain the market structures within the U.S. health system.
  • Expound the leadership and management principles in public health.
  • Critique a research study.
  • Design an evaluation study.
  • Write a paper that uses a pathway diagram and describes how a non-medical determinant of health influences health.
  • Select and use a community based policy tool that can be used to explain to a community how a social determinant of health and related policies shape population health.
  • Prepare a budget with justification.
  • Apply MPH Health Policy competencies in a Practice-Based Experience.
  • Integrate and synthesize MPH health competencies in the context of a culminating experience.
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Required Courses

The MPH program requires a variety of courses and experiences across the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health Policy, Management and Leadership; Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. MPH core courses provide students with an understanding of the breadth of public health, and departmental courses in each major allow students to apply various principles to specific disciplines. Learn more about courses specific to this major in the WVU catalog.

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Admissions Guidelines

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a preferred overall GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores of 150 (verbal), 144 (quantitative), 4.0 (analytical writing)
  • TOEFL scores (minimum 550 paper-based) (minimum 213 computer-based) (minimum of 80 internet-based)
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