As the first and only School of Public Health in West Virginia, we support the WVU and the Health Sciences 2020 Strategic Plans by making it our mission to improve the health of West Virginians through innovation and leadership in education, research, and service.  As the fifth school in a distinguished Health Sciences Center, West Virginians charge us to offer guideposts that point toward solutions for health and wellness issues most prevalent across the state and nation.

WVU is proud of its history as a land-grant university and remains dedicated to its land-grant mission of promoting access to higher education and applying research to meet the needs of West Virginians. The land-grant mission is at the core of WVU’s identity as a university, from the Extension Service and Engineering to Public History and Health Sciences.

Students entering our programs can expect:

  • Affordable programs and student employment opportunities
  • Experienced faculty mentors
  • Small class sizes
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • Collaborative practice-based partnership opportunities throughout the region
  • An active Student Association of Public Health (SAPH)
  • SPH Student Ambassador opportunities

We offer the five core disciplines in public health:

MPH Programs

Certificate Programs

PhD Programs


Online Programs

MS Program in Biostatistics 


The SPH master’s degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and was formerly housed within the WVU School of Medicine.  Since 1997, the MPH program has graduated community health promoters and public health practitioners. Now that we are a School, our resources and capacity to do more makes WVU an obvious choice as the next academic stepping stone for a graduate education.

Students will find that research opportunities and practice-based experiences are available at local, state, national, and international levels.  Local opportunities include our 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 WVU’s Injury Control Research Center; WVU’s Health Research Center; West Virginia’s Prevention Research Center; SPH Biostatistics Consulting Group; WVU’s Office for Health Services Research and many more interprofessional affiliates within the Health Sciences Center and throughout the region.  

The School of Public Health was formed through a collaborative effort by West Virginia University, Health Sciences and the WV State Legislature. Our task is to focus on the improvement of health disparities and the promotion of wellness for our state’s population.

We invite you to review our 2020 Strategic Plan and to explore our website, as you learn how your future at WVU can make a significant difference in your own backyard and the world. We look forward to meeting you when you visit the West Virginia University HSC campus, home of West Virginia’s School of Public Health. 

To learn more about these funding priorities download the WVU School of Public Health campaign brochure or contact Karen Galentine at 304-293-1828. To learn more about the WVU School of Public Health visit