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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: School of Public Health
Areas of Emphasis: Community and Population Health, Patient Navigation, Public Health Sciences
Pathways: Healthcare, Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Law and Public Policy, Liberal Arts and Humanities

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.

Academics

Fall
  • PUBH 199 Orientation to Public Health
    1-2
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • PUBH 101 Introduction to Public and Community Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
14
Spring
  • PUBH 202 Social Determinants of Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
16
Fall
  • PUBH 199 Orientation to Public Health
    1-2
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • PUBH 101 Introduction to Public and Community Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
14
Spring
  • PUBH 202 Social Determinants of Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
16
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Visit each of your instructors during office hours
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Download the Guide application

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Make something at the WVU Craft Center
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Have a challenging conversation with someone from a different background

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Exercise daily
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Attend a resume writing class

Academics

Fall
  • PUBH 211 Biostatistics for Population Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • PUBH 241 Biological Basis of Public Health
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • PUBH 201 Global Perspectives of Public Health
    3
  • PUBH 331 Introduction to Health Policy Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • PUBH 211 Biostatistics for Population Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • PUBH 241 Biological Basis of Public Health
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • PUBH 201 Global Perspectives of Public Health
    3
  • PUBH 331 Introduction to Health Policy Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail
  • Take Enhancing Well-being academic course
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

Academics

Fall
  • PUBH 243 Issues in Environmental Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHPR 305 Disease Across the Life Span
    3
  • PUBH 222 Epidemiology for Public Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • PUBH Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • PUBH 243 Issues in Environmental Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • PUBH 222 Epidemiology for Public Health Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • PUBH 442 Public Health in the Workplace
    3
  • PUBH Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Work on a community service project
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Become an Alcohol Literacy trainer and educate peers about the real effects of drinking alcohol
  • Take a class on healthy cooking

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • PUBH 352 Introduction to Social and Behavioral Science and including its application to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goals Exclamation Point
    3
  • PUBH 333 Comparative Health Systems and Policy
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • PUBH 454 Introduction to Public Health Research Methods
    3
  • PUBH 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
13
Fall
  • CHPR 440 Clinical Research Methods and Practice
    3
  • PUBH 311 Health Research Data Management and Reporting
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • PUBH 423 Introduction to Modern Epidemiologic Research
    3
  • PUBH 496 Senior Thesis
    1-3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
  • Minor/Elective
    3
13
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend a football game
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Attend a career fair
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

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