Trey Harvey

Trey Harvey

Public health is about early detection and prevention to prevent illness and diseases and promoting healthier practices in the community to achieve better health outcomes.

What does public health mean to you?  

Public health is about early detection and prevention to prevent illness and diseases and promoting healthier practices in the community to achieve better health outcomes. 

Why did you choose to study public health at WVU? 

I chose to study health administration and population health to make a difference. Several years ago, I decided I could have a growing impact at a community level without just seeing individual patients. The decisions I have as a health administrator can impact an organization, community, region and state. 

Have any members of the faculty or staff influenced you in a unique way? If so, how? 

The West Virginia University School of Public Health has a wealth of faculty that are experts in their field of study. Although it would be strenuous to mention all of them, several have significantly impacted my time in the program. Erik Carlton, Sarah Woodrum, Steve Davis, Heather Henderson and France Weaver have generously gone out of their way to assist in how they can help in my professional development. These professors have challenged my way of thinking and broadened my lens in terms of becoming a better leader.  

Tell us about your internship experience. 

My internship placement for the Master of Health Administration program was with the Mon Health System. There couldn't have been a more appropriate match for my learning and development. I was employed in the human resource department; however, they were generous in letting me navigate into other departments where I sought interest. Throughout the summer, I was able to work on numerous projects and assist in HR operations. They even let me assist in helping the Mon Pathways to Success program, as well.

I learned various valuable tips and tricks for growing in my career. I learned to stay curious and always ask questions, find proper mentorships, and find ways to gain the skills and qualities needed most for running an ever-growing hospital system.  

What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Public Health? 

I would tell prospective students considering WVU and the School of Public Health that it feels like home and one large family. You get to benefit from the large-scale college experience, yet learn in a smaller, niche setting. The feeling of community and pride that WVU carries with it is phenomenal.  

What advice would you give to your freshman self?  

I could write a book on this question. However, I'll share just a few thoughts here. The first is to never get discouraged if things are not going in the right direction. I still struggle with this, but it will always work out. Also, always ask questions. No question is a dumb question; most likely, other students are in the room with the same thoughts. Finally, thank your parents more often for their continuous love and support as you move away and begin a new adventure.  

How have your experiences in the School of Public Health helped prepare you for your future?  

My experiences throughout my schooling have shaped my way into being ready to enter my career. The endless networking opportunities and involvement with student and professional organizations are essential in getting your name out and marketing yourself as an early careerist.  

What do you plan to do upon completion of your degree?  

My plan after graduation is to stay within my current organization. However, my goals are to join a hospital or consulting agency soon and improve healthcare as we move toward the future of health.  

Tell us about your first-generation experience.  

It means a lot to be a first-generation college student. To take the reins and be the first to obtain a bachelor's degree, as well as two master's degrees, are a tremendous accomplishment.

Being a first-generation student has presented challenges, leaving me to figure out more independently. Nevertheless, it has made the journey more enjoyable, and I have learned a lot from it. Before beginning my college career, I would have liked to have known more about the countless jobs one could enter. Coming from rural West Virginia narrowed my view of the possibilities that were out there.  

Any additional involvement in activities or comments about the program?  

I persistently stayed involved in growing my network and experiences. Throughout my time at WVU, I have been the Secretary of the Health Administration Student Association (HASA), a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Student Association of Public Health (SAPH) and the WVU Cheerleading team.  

What is your favorite TV series? 


What is your favorite music genre? 

Pop and hip hop.  

What's a favorite place you’ve visited? 

Madrid, Spain. This was one of the world's most beautiful cities and countries, with fantastic weather and unique, compelling culture.  

What is your favorite local restaurant? 

Fat Daddy's Bar & Grill. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not doing schoolwork? 

Visiting friends, walking around HomeGoods or waiting in the Chick-fil-A drive thru. 

Share your favorite memory at WVU.  

My favorite memory at WVU is when I cheered for a year during undergrad, and more specifically, my first time cheering at a Mountaineer football game. Being on the field and leading the fans in the stadium with the "Let's Go…Mountaineers!" chant was an incredible feeling.  

How have your experiences in the School of Public Health helped prepare you for your future? 

My experiences at the School of Public Health have taught me how to apply realistic concepts and practical applications to real-life situations. I have every confidence that the knowledge I've gained and preparation I've undertaken, guided by the school's outstanding faculty, will carry me into the next phase of my career as a healthcare professional.   

Is there anyone in the WVU School of Public Health or beyond you'd like to thank? 

I thank all the faculty, staff, students, mentors, etc., for making this journey memorable. Without them, I would not be as prepared, knowledgeable, confident and encouraged.   

What do you plan to do upon completion of your degree? 

Upon completing my master’s degree, I will stay with my current job and move to a higher role within the organization. 

Any additional involvement in activities or comments about the program? 

I have always enjoyed my time in the Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Population Health programs. I want to thank everyone who has made an impact thus far. Once a Mountaineer, Forever an Alumni. WVU will always be home.