Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
The Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences in Occupational and Environmental Health is a degree for scientist-practitioners in the area of prevention of premature mortality, morbidity and disability resulting from occupational and environmental exposures, communicable and chronic disease and injury. This degree emphasizes both evidence-based primary prevention of disease and injury, as well as health promotion research and practice.
Students completing this degree will have the necessary theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of occupational and environmental health problems, including analytical and methodological research skills, to investigate, evaluate and find solutions to public health challenges.
Course Delivery OptionsOn-campus
Program Application RequirementsResume/CV, Statement of Purpose, Supplemental Application, 3 Letters of recommendation
Graduate Program Application Requirements
The School of Public Health is CEPH accredited, and we participate in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). M.P.H. admissions is a two-step process. All M.P.H. applications must be submitted through the national SOPHAS service, and applicants must also submit a WVU graduate application.
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall PriorityApril 15
Fall DeadlineJune 1
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.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. McCawley graduated with a bachelor's degree in Zoology from George Washington University. He received his master's degree in Environmental Engineering from West Virginia University and a doctorate in Environmental Health from New York University. Dr. McCawley spent over 27 years as a Public Health Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, studying miners’ health, occupational respiratory disease, aerosol measurement and ultrafine particles. While there he worked on projects concerning exposure to wood dust, volcanic ash, diesels, coal mine dust, silica and beryllium. He retired from the US Public Health Service in 2001. He has taught at WVU since 1979, with primary interests in air pollution, aerosols and occupational health. He has developed air sampling equipment and a pulmonary function test. Recently, he has been working on issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling and mountain top mining.