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Public HealthMajor

Founded on the principle of social justice, the concept of public health ensures that all citizens have the opportunity for good health. It is the art and science of protecting and improving population health through education, service and prevention.

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Only accredited school of public health in West Virginia

Overview

What is Public Health at WVU like?

Description

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Public health professionals work to prevent illness and injuries, promote wellness and safety, encourage healthy behaviors, track disease outbreaks and determine why some populations are more likely to suffer from poor health than others.

Public health is a new field of study at the undergraduate level. In the past, colleges and universities throughout the country only offered graduate degrees in public health. Now, WVU students can start a career in public health after earning a bachelor’s degree.

Students who enroll in the BS in Public Health program are individuals who want to make a difference in their communities and improve the health and well-being of the people around them.

Public Health program highlights:

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Public Health at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Transfer Articulation Agreements

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Careers

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Potential careers for our graduates include public health information officer, health outreach specialist, health research assistant, emergency preparedness specialist, environmental health technician, health promotion specialist, public health program developer, behavioral health program coordinator, health promotion social marketer, health literacy specialist, global health worker, patient navigator, community health advocate, public health grant coordinator, community engagement specialist, consumer safety officer and health and wellness manager.

Possible employers include local and regional health departments, state public health agencies, healthcare providers, global health organizations, corporate worksite wellness programs, disaster planning and response agencies,the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), managed care organizations, educational institutions, special population health programs, the World Health Organization (WHO), environmental organizations, healthy living initiatives, public and other health foundations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), non-government organizations and non-profit agencies.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Public Health major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Courses

What are the courses like in Public Health at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Public Health major.

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Popular Courses

PUBH 101:
Introduction to Public and Community Health

This course will provide students with an overview of the principles and practice of public and community health. Students will learn about the history, core function and essential services of public health, as well as engage in discussions about current public health events and issues.

PUBH 201:
Global Perspectives of Public Health

chronic diseases, injuries and disasters. This introduction to global public health will strengthen students' perspectives and understanding of disease prevention and treatment issues in westernized and developing/underdeveloped countries. Topics include health disparities, economic/political structures/systems impacting health, maternal and child health (including family planning), socio-cultural factors affecting health care delivery and the global burden of infectious and

PUBH 202:
Social Determinants of Health

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the social factors/determinants that influence health. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social determinants will be discussed from a social ecological perspective. The course is designed to help students develop basic literacy regarding social concepts and processes that influence health status and health disparities.

PUBH 331:
Introduction to Health Policy

This course provides an overview of the inner workings of health care policy making, from the legislative process to socioeconomic impacts, with both historical and modern perspectives. Students will explore factors that shape the United States health care system and policy, such as values, models, and stakeholders, and compare them to other countries for international context.

PUBH 334:
Emergency Preparedness for Public Health

This course provides an overview of the dimensions of disasters and emergencies through the lens of Public Health professionals with special focus on the rural environment and uses the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) model for the final exercise. Students completing this course will also complete several FEMA certifications during the course.

PUBH 338:
Public Health Project Management

Introduces students to the basics of project management: the process of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing out a project. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Concepts include developing and monitoring budgets, developing Gantt charts, reporting, working with stakeholders, flow charts and more.

PUBH 442:
Public Health in the Workplace

Overview of workplace health issues as they affect human health, including exposure to chemical, physical, biological and mechanical hazards. Basic occupational safety and health concepts, technologies and underlying data will be examined to better understand the potential solutions for workplace safety and human health issues.

Cost and Aid

How much does Public Health at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $410
Per Semester $4,920
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,840
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,163
Per Semester $13,956
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,912
International
Per Credit $1,163
Per Semester $14,256
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,512
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Public Health at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Public Health major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet the following admission requirement. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

For direct admission to the Public Health program.:
  • GPA: 2.75

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