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Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

All applications must be submitted through the national SOPHAS service. In addition to the application, applicants must submit to SOPHAS a statement of purpose and objectives, official GRE test scores, three letters of reference, a current resume/curriculum vitae and all university transcripts. SOPHAS requires original transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended (even study abroad). Applications that are complete will be reviewed and indicated in SOPHAS as accept or deny. Students will receive an e-mail from the WVU School of Public Health regarding their recommendation for acceptance and instructions to complete the WVU Graduate application and pay the $60 WVU application fee. Please see each major’s website for additional application requirements.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

June 1

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Master of Public Health Program at West Virginia University has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1998.

Faculty Profile

George Kelley

Dr. George A. Kelley is a Full Professor and Director of the Meta-Analytic Research Group in the School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics, here at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown. He came to WVU from Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA, where he served as Associate Professor and Director of the Meta-Analytic Research Group. He holds the Doctor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University, the Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Washington State University, and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health Education, from Boise State University. Dr. Kelley teaches graduate biostatistics courses, including a meta-analysis course. His research includes, but is not limited to, use of the meta-analytic approach for examining the effects of physical activity on health-related disease. Dr. Kelley has a consistent record of external funding as a Principal Investigator from sources that include the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01 mechanism), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and American Heart Association. He has published more than 80 research papers in peer-reviewed biomedical journals. In 2010, he received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the WVU School of Medicine and in 2008 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Boise State University. In addition to his 80+ hour work week, Dr. Kelley believes in modeling the healthy behavior that he promotes. Physically active his entire life, he runs 9-12 miles per week, cycles 60 to 100+ miles per week, lifts weights 2-3 times per week, and walks/hikes 15-20 miles per week. He has been tracking his exercise and food intake on a daily basis for more than 30 years.

Student Profile

Patrick J. Cushing

I am an MPH candidate in the Department of Biostatistics at WVU. I am an ACE certified personal trainer at the WVU rec center, as well as being a Teaching Assistant in the WVU Department of Biology. With my undergrad encompassing the sciences, exercise healthcare, and physiology, Public Health is a way for me to further my education in healthcare. It also allows me to diversify my skill set by studying graduate level statistics.



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