Master of Public Health (MPH) in Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Social and Behavioral Sciences major in the MPH program prepares students to address behavioral, social and environmental factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the lifespan. Research and practice in this area contributes to the development, administration, and evaluation of programs and policies in public health to promote and sustain healthy environments and lives for individuals and populations.

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Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate community engagement principles
  • Appraise qualitative data
  • Appraise quantitative data
  • Implement social behavioral theories and frameworks
  • Recommend interventions
  • Organize interventions
  • Synthesize social and behavioral science principles
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Required Courses

The MPH program requires a variety of courses and experiences across the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health Policy, Management and Leadership; Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. MPH core courses provide students with an understanding of the breadth of public health, and departmental courses in each major allow students to apply various principles to specific disciplines. Learn more about courses specific to this major in the WVU catalog.

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Admissions Guidelines

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a preferred GPA of 3.0
  • TOEFL scores (minimum 550 paper-based) (minimum 213 computer-based).  Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) minimum score recommended for admission, which is an 80 (20 or higher in each of the four sections).  International Students Only.
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