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administrative contact

Tara Davis
Program Assistant
School of Public Health
phone: 304-293-7421
fax: 304-293-6685

program contact

Leah Adkins
Sr. Program Coordinator
School of Public Health
phone: 304-293-1097
fax: 304-293-6685

Program Details

Program Description

The field of Public Health encompasses a number of specific disciplines whose mission is to improve quality of life and health outcomes for all members of a community. Public Health strategies typically are implemented at a broad societal and population level - for example, environmental regulations, water quality control, immunization programs, and health education initiatives.

The MPH is a CEPH-accredited degree, available on campus or via a combination of on-campus courses and distance-learning technology.

MPH On-Campus Degree
MPH Off-Campus Degree
MPH Application
Specializations, concentrations and combined degrees

The Master of Public Health Program seeks students with a strong, genuine commitment to a career in public health. An MPH degree is appropriate for physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals with a strong interest in preventive medicine and community health. We welcome applications from both mid-career professionals and students who have recently completed the bachelor's degree. Physicians may also apply to the Occupational Medicine Residency Program, designating the MPH as part of their residency.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus
  • online

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

We are also one of the schools participating in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). All MPH applications must be submitted through the national SOPHAS service.

In addition to the application, applicants must submit to SOPHAS a statement of purpose and objectives, official GRE test scores, three letters of reference, a current resume/curriculum vitae, and all university transcripts. SOPHAS requires original transcripts from ALL U.S. institutions attended! (Even Study Abroad) Please see each Major’s website for additional application requirements.

There is a $120 SOPHAS application fee. Applicants must indicate their first choice of MPH major, and may also indicate a second choice. A maximum of two choices is allowed.

E-submit your application as soon as the applicant entered information is complete. Do NOT wait for SOPHAS to receive transcripts, recommendations or test scores
Plan Ahead! Allow up to 4 weeks for SOPHAS to verify grades, process and mail your application to your designated institutions after your documents have been received.
SOPHAS grants fee waivers based upon financial need for Peace Corps Volunteers, McNair Scholars, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, AmeriCorps, U.S. and International applicants.
Applications that are complete will then be reviewed and will be indicated in SOPHAS as accept or deny. Students will receive an e-mail from the WVU School of Public Health regarding their recommendation for acceptance and instructions to complete the WVU Graduate application and pay the $60.00 WVU application fee.

Important: when sending GRE scores for consideration for admission at WVU use the GRE WVU School of Public Health College code: 0157. This is the code that MUST be used, otherwise your GRE score will not be reported to SOPHAS and your application will be incomplete and therefore will not be reviewed for an admissions decision. [There are different codes for other programs at West Virginia University]

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Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: April 15 priority; June 1, if spaces remain
  • Spring Deadline: Fall Admission only
  • Summer Deadline: Fall Admissions only


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The MPH is a CEPH-accredited degree.