10 Years.

Since 2012, the West Virginia University School of Public Health has been tackling critical public health issues facing the citizens of West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

Formed on the foundation of the former WVU Department of Community Medicine, the last 10 years have allowed us to grow and become West Virginia's first and only fully accredited public health school. Our students and faculty are improving the health of our communities through research, experiential learning and outreach. 

A Decade of Distinction

A look back at some of our many milestones as we look forward to the next decade. 

  1. New school vital to public health

    The Dominion Post highlights the importance of the new School of Public Health in the fight against obesity, heart disease, diabetes, tobacco use and prescription drug use in West Virginia.

  2. School welcomes 179 students

    First semester welcomes 179 students in the first new school to be created at WVU in more than 50 years.

  3. WVU Chapter of Delta Omega awarded Chapter of the Year at national meeting

    The Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omega at the West Virginia University School of Public Health received the 2013 Chapter of the Year Award at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Boston earlier this month. Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate students in public health. This is the first year the WVU chapter was eligible for the Chapter of the Year award since its establishment in July 2012.
  4. Gregory A. Hand named founding dean

    Dr. Hand joins the School after serving as associate dean of research and practice at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health.

  5. $2M awarded to improve healthcare model

    State Innovation Model Design award provides financial and technical support to coordinate healthcare transformation planning activities in West Virginia.
  6. WVU launches undergraduate degree in public health

    In 2015, the WVU Board of Governors approved our first undergraduate degree program, which was the next step in providing a resource for learning how to handle the public health challenges that West Virginia and the Appalachian region face.
  7. National accreditation approved

    Graduate programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health for a five-year term, extending through July 1, 2020.

  8. Undergraduate program receives accreditation

    New Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree awarded full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.

  9. Dr. Jeffrey Coben named dean

    After serving as interim dean since June, 2016 following the appointment of then-dean Dr. Gregory Hand to special assistant to the vice president for health sciences, Dr. Coben is named dean.
  10. First Public Health Residency program in Appalachia established

    One of only 17 programs funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  11. WVU now offering master’s in health administration program

    In an effort to meet growing healthcare needs across the state, the West Virginia University School of Public Health is now offering a Master of Health Administration, a premier program for those seeking to lead the health systems of the future.
  12. CDC mask observation study collaboration

    Seven-week study estimates the percentage of people within the WVU community wearing masks correctly and aims to increase the proportion of people who use masks correctly.
  13. Reaccreditation approved through 2027

    One of 67 schools to receive national accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.

  14. Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene program acquired

    Designed for students with an interest in occupational and environmental health and safety.

  15. Receives national Award for Engagement

    Recognized by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration for outstanding faculty engagement and leadership.

  16. Undergraduate public health program approved by BOG for five more years

  17. Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency Program earns accreditation

    Approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the residency program is the only one of its kind in Appalachia.

  18. M.S. in Population Health becomes CAHME-certified

    WVU's M.S. in Population Health program becomes 1 of 5 founding programs certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

  19. A decade of distinction: School of Public Health celebrates 10th anniversary

    When the School of Public Health initially launched in 2012, it was the first new school to be created at WVU in more than 50 years. Since then, in addition to achieving many other 'firsts,' the School has more than doubled its academic program offerings and student enrollment, all while maintaining a steadfast focus on fulfilling its mission through innovative research, experiential learning and outreach.

Message from Dr. Jeffrey Coben, WVU School of Public Health Dean

We’ve come a long way since 2012, when we welcomed 179 students into the School’s three graduate degree programs, alongside 13 new faculty members. Since that time, we’ve earned accreditation—and reaccreditation—from the Council on Education for Public Health, making us the only fully accredited public health school in West Virginia. We’ve launched two new undergraduate and four new graduate programs; established the first and only public health and general preventive medicine residency program in the Appalachian region; invested in the overall student experience by expanding our student affairs team and programming; and graduated hundreds of new alumni, equipped with unparalleled training and ready to make an impact in public health. 

Read the full message from Dean Coben.

Jeffrey Coben’s signature.
Dr. Jeffrey Coben
Dean, School of Public Health

Message from Dr. Clay Marsh, Chancellor & Executive Dean for WVU Health Sciences

Our Public Health students, faculty, staff and alumni play a critical role in improving the quality of life for all people. Since its founding in 2012, the School of Public Health has been dedicated to the citizens of West Virginia and the University’s land grant mission through community engagement, innovation and research, and partnerships and projects across the state and region.

Read the full message in Clay's Purpose – October 2022 

Clay Marsh’s signature.
Dr. Clay Marsh
Chancellor & Executive Dean for Health Sciences

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