Find Your Path in Public Health
In the School of Public Health, you’ll learn how to tackle critical health issues while protecting and improving the health of communities large and small.
Virtual Decide Day is all about exploring these options, asking questions and connecting with WVU students, faculty and staff who can help you find your place here.Academic Session
More Than a Degree
Public health is a career and a calling.
Lauren Devine, director of admissions and recruitment, discusses what you can expect as a WVU School of Public Health student.Lauren's Contact Info
Central to every profession is its practice, so we offer students hands-on learning opportunities across diverse settings.
Why Public Health?
Through community engagement projects, partnerships, innovation and research, we’re able to provide students with unique learning opportunities.
Passion + Purpose
Why should you choose to study public health? Hear from our current students about why they chose the field as their way to help people live a healthier, happier life.
Where You'll Learn and Discover
As the first and only School of Public Health in West Virginia, we provide all the resources you need to launch your career in public health.
Health Sciences North: Pylons Lobby
Located outside the Health Sciences Learning Center and Library, this lobby is a convenient, comfortable place for health sciences students to study and socialize between classes. Cavanaugh’s coffee shop, located in the corner of the lobby, offers Starbucks coffee, juice, blended drinks, and other beverages and snacks.
The Market at WVU
The Market at WVU offers several restaurants and spacious seating areas.
Okey Patteson Auditorium
Located inside the Health Sciences Center, Okey Patteson Auditorium seats about 400 and is used for special events, guest lectures and classes.
Tour Health Sciences
Find out where to study, where you’ll learn and where you can grab a cup of coffee on this quick tour with Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences.
Every time The Pride of West Virginia forms a circle on Mountaineer Field, the crowd at Milan Puskar Stadium gets goosebumps and can’t contain their excitement. The feeling is mutual for Miranda, who gets to stand at the 50-yard line as a member of the color guard.Q&A with Miranda
When Kierra arrived at WVU, she had a plan for her college career. It didn’t take long for her to realize her plan was going to change. As it turned out, a major she previously had never heard of – public health – ended up being her new plan, and a perfect fit.Q&A with Kierra
Meet Our Faculty
We're making communities happier, healthier and safer.
Alfgeir Kristjansson, PhD
Social and Behavioral Sciences
In Iceland, drug, alcohol and tobacco use in teens has been “virtually eradicated” as a result of a nationwide push to replace teens’ unsupervised, aimless leisure time with purposeful, organized activities. Now, Kristjansson is transplanting the program to West Virginia.More About Kristjansson's Research
Steve Davis, PhD
Health Policy, Management and Leadership
Davis recently enrolled the first four of about 30 rural West Virginians into a pilot project that connects patients, recently discharged from long-term care facilities, with medical professionals who can manage their healthcare remotely via technology.More About Telehealth Project
Gordon Smith, MD, MPH
In a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Smith and fellow WVU researchers Marie Abate and Zheng Dai found that fentanyl-related deaths are on the rise in West Virginia, even as deaths related to prescription opioids decline.More About Their Study
Nancy Lan Guo, PhD
Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
Getting printer toner on your hands is annoying. Getting it in your lungs may be dangerous. According to Guo's new study, the microscopic toner nanoparticles that waft from laser printers may change our genetic and metabolic profiles in ways that make disease more likely.More About Guo’s Research
Christa Lilly, PhD
Low birth weight is linked not only to poor health outcomes at birth but also to chronic health conditions later in life. Lilly was part of the research team that explored how low birth weight correlates to cardiovascular risk factors in childhood.More About Lilly’s Research
Pay the Academic Deposit
The academic deposit saves your place in our incoming class and allows you to continue the admissions process.Pay Academic Deposit
Apply for Housing
After paying the academic deposit, apply for housing and complete your profile. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll know where you’ll be living.Apply for Housing
Register for New Student Orientation
Next is NSO, where you’ll register for your first semester classes, hear from faculty and students and learn to navigate campus like a pro.Register for NSO
Choose an Adventure
Adventure WV first-year trips are optional (but highly recommended!). Register early to secure your spot in your first-choice trip.Adventure WV First-Year Trips