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While this page will be updated to reflect new information that is predominantly specific to the School of Public Health (SPH), students, faculty and staff should pay close attention to their email accounts and University channels for the most up-to-date information for this evolving situation.

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Latest Update:

As indicated in President Gee’s letter, the Health Sciences Center academic units would receive additional guidance from their respective deans and/or program directors. Following is an update to help provide clarity as it reinforces some of the University-level details and confirms information specific to the School of Public Health (SPH). 

  • All undergraduate and graduate courses will begin on Aug. 26. While there are some exceptions throughout the University (e.g., clinical courses and labs), all SPH courses, including the online MHA program, will begin on Aug. 26.
  • Freshmen courses will be held in-person or, when necessary, via hybrid mode. Upper-division undergraduate courses will be transitioned to online or hybrid delivery whenever possible. Please continue to monitor your email and the Return to Campus site for additional updates. 
    • Note: Learn more here about "upper-division" courses and WVU's process for determining which courses were appropriate to move online. 
  • Professional Field Experience course will be delivered virtually, with some exceptions. Community Partners are working to develop opportunities that can be completed off-site or virtually. There will be a small number of community partners who can host students for in-person service hours while maintaining all safety guidelines; those placements will be made on an individual basis in coordination with the SPH director of practice and service learning.
  • New Student Orientation for graduate students will be held virtually on Aug. 13-14. The SPH Office of Academic and Student Affairs is finalizing details, and will continue to communicate information to incoming graduate students and faculty. 
  • All instruction for the fall semester will be completed online following Thanksgiving Break. As previously announced, classes will be held through Tuesday, Nov. 24. Students will not return to campus following Thanksgiving break. One week of online instruction will follow (Nov. 30-Dec.4), with finals conducted online Dec. 7-11.

Please be sure to tune into the remaining Return to Campus Conversations; the next one will be held Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. Visit the Return to Campus site to see previously recorded sessions, FAQs and other helpful resources.

While no one ever imagined 2020 to turn out like it has, the SPH is deeply grateful for everyone's patience, flexibility and collaboration as we all work together to provide our students with the best – and safest – learning experience possible. 

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