August 16, 2017
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$737 | $1,863
Residents | Non-Residents Cost Per Credit Hour


The WVU School of Public Health offers an online Master of Public Health degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBHS). The program 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 degree is designed to enable current public health and health care professionals to enhance their skills in developing, implementing and evaluating programs to have an impact on the health of the public.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. They should take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or contact the department for a list of examinations that may be substituted for the GRE. International students must take the TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based).

Application Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Apply through the online SOPHAS centralized application for public health
  • Submit an essay explaining interest in public/community health
  • Submit resume or curriculum vitae
  • Provide three letters of recommendation
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:

    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


    electronically sent to


Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2016-2017


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


Students in the online MPH program in Social & Behavioral Sciences will complete a total of 44 credit hours (16 credit hours of School of Public Health core courses, 2 credit hours of seminar, 17 credit hours of departmental required courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses). The culminating experience taken over the last two semesters requires completing a proposal (2 credit hours), implementing a practicum project (3 credit hours) and submitting a paper and poster. This degree will typically take 4 semesters to complete.

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The curriculum consists of the following courses:

Required Courses

CHPR 612 Social and Behavioral Theory
CHPR 634 Health Promotion Research Methods
PUBH 611 Applied Biostatistics for Health
PUBH 630 Policy and the Health System
PUBH 650 Environmental Health
PUBH 660 Public Health Epidemiology
PUBH 679 Public Health Seminar
PUBH 687 MPH Practicum Proposal
PUBH 688 MPH Practicum Report
PUBH 689 Practicum

Elective Courses

CHPR 613 Certified Health Education Specialist Review
CHPR 614 Injury Prevention and Control
CHPR 642 Grant Writing for Public Health Research
CHPR 655 Introduction to Health Promotion
CHPR 671 Community Health
CHPR 680 School Health Concepts
PUBH 501 Advanced Professional Writing
PUBH 536 Worksite Wellness
PUBH 580 Prevention through Resilience

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