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Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

This degree provides the practical skills needed to solve occupational and environmental health problems. Students will focus on understanding occupational and environmental processes and their effects on humankind, and developing the skills needed to assess and address their health consequences. The internship and research practicum have been designed to place students in settings in which they can apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills and continue to learn from professionals in their field while working on current, relevant public health problems.

Career Profile

Students will be prepared to either continue their graduate education at the doctoral level or begin a career as consultants, managers and leaders in public health practice, research settings, government, or industry addressing such issues as environmental pollution related to air, water, and waste, occupational health hazards, and work-related injury. The M.P.H. degree is ideal for recent college graduates, or early- to mid-career public health professionals seeking to develop or advance their careers.

Program Application Requirements

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

Additional Application Information

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 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.

Faculty Profile

Dr. Alan M. Ducatman

Dr. Alan Ducatman's research interests include occupational and environmental toxicity and prevention of diseases potentially related to environmental exposures. His current environmental research focuses on the human population aspects of perfluorocarbon exposure. Similarly, Dr. Ducatman’s clinic provides diagnostic and intervention advice to patients concerned with exposure to toxins. Dr. Ducatman also collaborates with clinical laboratory scientists and clinicians to create comparative effectiveness research for laboratory utilization practices. For both types of research, his aspiration is to improve the health of populations.

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