The School of Public Health was formed through a collaborative effort by West Virginia University, Health Sciences and the West Virginia state legislature. Through state-wide collaboration, the school engages with communities for the overall improvement of health of West Virginians and those living in the Appalachian region.
Housed within a distinguished Health Sciences Center, the school offers students opportunities to uncover evidence-based solutions to address the health of communities.
Undergraduates begin their studies in the natural and social sciences, while becoming familiar with cultural and socioeconomic differences among populations. Further study provides students with knowledge and skills needed to identify evidence-based techniques for disease prevention and promotion of health.
Graduate students are mentored and paired with research opportunities and practice-based experiences available at local, state, national and international levels. Local opportunities include a partnership with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), located adjacent to the Health Sciences campus. On-campus research centers include the WVU Injury Control Research Center; WVU Health Research Center; the West Virginia Prevention Research Center; WVU Biostatistics Consulting Group; the WVU Office for Health Services Research and many more interprofessional affiliates within the Health Sciences Center and throughout the region.
WVU is located in Morgantown, which is consistently rated a Top 10 small city, noted for safety, friendliness and quality of living. Morgantown is also recognized for its recreational opportunities, with such attractions as a waterfront rail-trail, a state forest and excellent hiking, whitewater rafting and skiing opportunities. WVU is located an hour south of Pittsburgh, PA and three hours west of Washington DC.