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Health Policy

The M.P.H. degree in Health Policy offered by the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership is designed for students with a keen interest in using population-based approaches to understand and improve the health status of large groups within society. The degree is focused on examining social and political systems that influence the health status of populations and then learning how to influence and/or design, implement and manage broad, system-level instruments to improve population health outcomes. These instruments might include programs in public health agencies, not-for-profit organizations or healthcare provider setting, or policies at the local, state, national or international government levels.

Career Profile

This degree is ideal for recent graduates or early- and mid-career public health professionals seeking to develop or advance their careers in a variety of healthcare settings. Additionally, the professional practice component of the program has been designed to place students in public health settings and apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to address real-world problems. Upon completion of the M.P.H. students will be prepared to continue developing their careers as leaders, managers, public health professionals, policy analysts, program evaluators, advocates or health program managers in a variety of public health, government, healthcare or other professional settings, or be successful as they continue their graduate education at the doctoral level.

Program Application Requirements

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

Additional Application Information

The M.P.H. process is a two-step process. All applications must be submitted through the national SOPHAS service, and applicants must also submit a WVU graduate application.

In addition to the general 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 (including study abroad).

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

April 15

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 School of Public Health MPH is a fully accredited MPH. We are accredited by CEPH (the Council on Education for Public Health) and the School of Public Health offers the only accredited MPH program in West Virginia (along with Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Health Sciences)

Faculty Profile

Dr. Thomas K. Bias

Dr. Bias’s research interests are in public health policy, specifically how public policy can influence access to health care and how policy can reduce obesity and other chronic disease (with a focus on the built environment and transportation policy and other forms of regulatory action including environmental protection). He is especially interested in policy at the state and local level and rural Appalachian communities.

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