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Population Health M.S.

Aug. 16, 2023

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Make a Difference in the Health & Well-being of Others

The Master of Science in Population Health program prepares students for a variety of population-oriented leadership, clinical, and research-oriented positions in both healthcare and public health organizations. Population health is an interdisciplinary field of practice at the nexus of healthcare and public health. This field works to integrate both healthcare and public health practices to address critical health issues that affect target populations and to make significant impacts in the health and well-being of populations. With this degree, all students pay in-state tuition rates. The program is totally online and can be completed in as a little as one year.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses

Start Date

August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

WVU School of Public Health

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Population Health

Program Details

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Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, widespread opioid addiction, and systemic social injustice, the critical need for healthcare and public health professionals has never been greater, especially the need for professionals trained in population health. Our program prepares students to assume professional roles to meet these 21st century public health workforce needs.

The 30-credit, fully online program is based on a core of public health and health services courses that provide foundational knowledge in public health and health systems, epidemiology and biostatistical principles, health systems leadership, systems thinking, and capacity building for intervention and change. Further, the program’s course content draws from intellectual foundations of prevention, collaboration, and innovation to fit the educational opportunities for a variety of professionals, including:

  • Healthcare leaders looking for ways to improve the impact and efficiency of their organizations through more patient-centered, value-based and socially informed care approaches
  • Clinical providers grappling with ways to improve health outcomes among those they serve
  • Public health leaders looking for new tools to identify and address health issues in their states and communities
  • Public health and health services researchers and scientists interested in outcomes-focused, practice-based applications to improve health and well-being

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Application Information

The following admission standards have been set for the proposed MS in Population Health program:

  • Baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Resume or CV
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL scores (minimum 550 paper-based) (minimum 213 computer-based) (minimum of 80 internet- based)
  • WVU applicants in good academic standing – as defined by their respective programs— who completed (or currently enrolled in) a research or professional doctoral degree will be exempt from the above admissions requirements.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Master of Science in Population Health requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $776.

Total Degree Cost

$23,280 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $776
3 $2,328
6 $4,656
9 $6,984

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“As a graduate of WVU, I look forward to helping future students begin their own journeys to becoming a Mountaineer. At WVU Online, we are eager to guide you through the enrollment process with ease and want to provide you with the information and resources you need to be successful. Online degrees give everyone an opportunity to further their education and I can’t wait to help you do just that.”

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Financial Aid

WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website.

Students are encouraged to:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by the March 1 deadline to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827; and
  • Check with your employer to see if they provide financial support for earning your graduate degree.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Master of Science in Population Health may be prepared for the following careers. With projected career growth of nearly 20 percent across the country over the next 10 years, these are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Clinical Director

Community Health Promoter

Health Information Management Director

Nursing Director

Community Health Program Representative

Health Information Management Corporate Director

Mental Health Program Manager

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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