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Social and Behavioral Sciences

The mission for the Ph.D. in social and behavioral sciences is to provide state-of-the-art doctoral education in the theory and application of social and behavioral science to a select group of highly qualified and committed students desiring to transform public health. The program trains students using a research intensive curriculum led by a distinguished faculty at the cutting edge of public health science. This program emphasizes both evidence-based, theory-driven primary prevention of disease and injury and health promotion research and practice.

Career Profile

Graduates will complete their degrees with a competitive record of research achievement, ready to embark on high-impact research 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 Deadline

Dec 15

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. Haslyn Hunte

Dr. Hunte received his Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2006. In 2000 he also received a Masters of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and a Masters of Public and International Affairs in Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to accepting the position at WVU, Dr. Hunte was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University. Dr. Hunte’s main area of research is social determinants of health, focusing on the health of vulnerable populations and disparities in health. Using a multidisciplinary system approach, He seeks to bridge the gap between the social and biological sciences by understanding health as a result of complex and dynamic interactions between physiological, behavioral, psychological, and sociodemographic factors. His current research activities include (a) studying the impact of perceived discrimination as a psychosocial stressor on health outcomes and on maladaptive coping health behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and substance use/abuse and (b) the barriers and enablers to receiving quality health care services.

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