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Social and Behavioral Sciences

The M.P.H. degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBHS) addresses the behavioral, social and environmental factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life span. Research and practice in this track contributes to the development, administration and evaluation of programs and policies in public health to promote and sustain healthy environments and lives for individuals and populations. This degree is offered on campus and online.

Career Profile

A student who graduates with an M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Science from WVU will be qualified to work and provide leadership in public health and research settings at national, state or local levels, or work in the public or private sector on health promotion program implementations and evaluation efforts.

Program Application Requirements

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

Graduate Program Application Requirements

The WVU 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

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. Ranjita Misra

Dr. Misra is a Professor and MPH Program Coordinator in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at WVU School of Public Health. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Services from Old Dominion University in Virginia. As a health disparities researcher, her research focus is on diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and CVD and community/clinic based interventions. She combines clinical and non-clinical risk factors (individual, psychosocial, environmental/ contextual) to explore disparities in prevalence and management of chronic diseases in multi-ethnic populations. She is recognized for her investigations in epidemiological and intervention studies, for using a Transdisciplinary team approach, and for combining public health and clinical models of inquiry. She has led several national and international multi-center epidemiological studies to examine the Indian and Mexican Diasporas to investigate for acculturative changes in prevalence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and associated risk factors among Asian Indians residing in the United States, and in rural and urban India as well as native Mexicans in Mexico and Mexican Americans in the border and interior areas of Texas. She has conducted several community- and clinic-based lifestyle intervention to address diabetes prevention and management that are literacy- and culturally-appropriate among African Americans, South Asians, and Mexican Americans in the US, India and Mexico. She uses an applied collaborative approach i.e., the Community Based Participatory Approach (CBPR), to translate evidence-based research to community settings. For her Diabetes Prevention and Management (DPM) program she has modified the National Diabetes Prevention Program to examine improvement in participant’s health behaviors, anthropometrics and clinical risk factors (A1c, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol) among West Virginians and South Asians in the US and India. In recognition of her outstanding research activities, she has received several research, teaching, and community engagement awards such as the Outstanding Achievement in Community Engaged Research Award from WVU, Health Disparities Scholars Award from MD Anderson, Armstrong Scholar and Research Award from the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, Research & Service Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Best Published Paper Award by API Caucus of the American Public Health Association, the GOPIO Research Award, and the Montague Scholar Award for teaching excellence at Texas A&M University. She served as the President of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary, with over one hundred twenty chapters in colleges and universities around the United States. She also served as the President (Chair) of the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of South Asians nationally and globally. In recognition of her outstanding services to the academic community she has received the Distinguished Service Awards from the American School Health Association, South Asian Public Health Association, and the National Health Science Honor society of Eta Sigma Gamma, and Distinguished Service and Research Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Student Profile

Jordan L. McCann

I am earning my MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a certificate in Women's Health. I currently work as a Graduate Assistant for WELLWVU Office of Wellness and Health Promotion. I had such a great experience during my undergraduate years working with the WVU community. I decided on the MPH program here at WVU because I wanted to continue working with the friends and mentors that led me to Public Health. To me, Public Health means finding my passion. It offers many different opportunities to help others in many different ways from the individual level to the community level.



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