Doctor of Philosophy
|A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.|
|BIOS 603||Applied Biostatistics 2||3|
|BMS 700||Scientific Integrity||1|
|BMS 720||Scientific Writing||2|
|or SBHS 701||Public Health Grant Writing|
|OEHS 622||Public Health Toxicology||3|
|OEHS 734||Aerosols and Health||3|
|OEHS 625||Advanced Toxicology||3|
|OEHS 796||Graduate Seminar (Taken two times for 1 credit each)||2|
|PUBH 610||Contemporary Foundations of Public Health Practice||2|
|PUBH 611||Epidemiology for Public Health Practice||2|
|PUBH 612||Research Translation and Evaluation in Public Health Practice||4|
|PUBH 790||Teaching Practicum (Two 1-hour experiences)||2|
|PUBH 796||Graduate Seminar (Taken two times for 1 credit each)||2|
|PUBH 797||Research (Two 1-hour research rotations)||2|
|Qualifying Examination - written and oral components|
|Dissertation Research (minimum credit number shown)||27|
|OEHS 620||Occupational and Environmental Hazard Assessment||4|
Program Requirements for Students Entering with Advanced Standing
Students entering the OEHS PhD program that are admitted with advanced standing (that already hold strongly relevant Master’s degrees) will work with the departmental PhD advisor for a recommended course of study. This includes initiating a selection of course credits that can be transferred (600 level and above, graded B or above, passed in the last 5 years) and/or waived that ultimately will be reviewed and approved by the PhD Program Director in consultation with the PhD Advisory Committee. Under typical circumstances a student with a recent MPH degree or similar, can expect to transfer and/or waive up to 20 credits or roughly one year of course work.
Courses may be selected from among the many offerings of the Department, the School, or the University's many course offerings. These courses must be discussed with and approved by the student’s advisor.
Students will complete two (1 credit) teaching practicum (PUBH 790) during which they will spend time in a mentored relationship with a faculty member, assisting with the administration and teaching of a course. These may be graduate or undergraduate level courses. Students who have a strong interest in teaching should also consider taking C&I 789 Teaching in Higher Education (3 credits). This is a general methods course involving instructional concepts and strategies for present/prospective faculty in higher education.
*Full-time HSC-funded stipend students are expected to participate in the SPH teaching mission to a greater degree.
The qualifying examination is the capstone experience for the OEHS PhD program. Successful completion of the examination signifies competence in the field of occupational and environmental health sciences and indicates readiness to engage in independent research. Following completion of the majority of the PhD coursework, students are then eligible to take the qualifying examination, which consists of two components, a written exam and an oral defense as follows:
Written exam: The written exam consists of questions related to occupational and environmental health sciences generally as well as those pertinent to the student’s research focus.
Oral defense: The oral component consists of a defense of student’s answers to the written exam and includes additional questions that further test the student’s understanding of key concepts in occupational and environmental health sciences and knowledge specific to the student’s research focus. The oral defense of the written exam must be attempted within two academic weeks of completing the written exam. Note: Students are not eligible to begin their dissertation, or sign up for dissertation credits, until they have successfully completed both components of the qualifying examination.
The research component of the OEHS PhD program consists of both a dissertation (27 credits, minimum) and completion of two research rotations (2 credits).
Research Rotations: Students will complete two research rotations during their first year, meeting and working with research faculty with similar interests to the student’s in order to identify potential mentors for their dissertation research.
Dissertation: Students will complete a dissertation in which they design and conduct an original work of research. First, students will develop a proposal for an original research project. This proposal will be presented and defended orally before the student’s dissertation committee. Upon successful completion of the proposal defense, students are admitted to PhD candidacy and may then complete their dissertation research. There are two options for the dissertation format, a traditional book format or a three Journal Article Format (JAF). The decision of which format to use is something that students should discuss with their committee chairperson. Regardless of the format selected, students must have a minimum of one first-authored publication based on their dissertation topic area, at least under review in a peer-reviewed journal before they can defend their dissertation. While the required publication may come from one of the student’s three dissertation articles if using the JAF, this is not mandatory. Upon completion of the written dissertation, the student will present and defend their work before the dissertation committee. Note: The dissertation defense is open to all members of the WVU community and the public.
University Doctoral Degree Requirements: For further details on WVU’s requirements for Doctoral programs please visit the following website: http://catalog.wvu.edu/graduate/advisingcoursesdegrees/degree_regulations/.
Plan of Study
Upon matriculating into the PhD program, students should contact the OEHS PhD Program Coordinator, or their advisor if already identified, to discuss the course requirements and to develop a plan of study (POS) to meet their individual needs. Below is a suggested POS with the minimum requirements for students entering the program with a BA/BS. Note: Research credits show below reflect the minimum requirements. Students may enroll in additional research credits as necessary to achieve the degree competencies.
|BMS 700||1||BIOS 603||3||BMS 720 or SBHS 701||2-3|
|PUBH 610||2||PUBH 797||1|
|PUBH 611||2||OEHS 622||3|
|PUBH 612||4||Elective 1||3|
|PUBH 790||1||OEHS 734||3||Qualifying Exam|
|PUBH 796||1||OEHS 796||1|
|PUBH 797||1||PUBH 790||1|
|OEHS 625||3||Elective 3||3|
|Elective 2||3||Elective 4||3|
|OEHS 796||1||PUBH 797||10|
|Total credit hours: 74|
Major Learning Outcomes
Doctor of Philosophy
- Develop effective strategies for teaching in higher education
- Review and synthesize pertinent literature and formulate focused research questions that address identified knowledge gaps
- Design and conduct original research that uniquely contributes to the public health scientific knowledge
- Disseminate research findings through appropriate peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and to other public health community audiences
- Analyze issues and problems in occupational and environmental health and safety using critical evaluation, applied research methodology, and statistical methods
- Characterize the human health effects of major environmental and occupational hazards, both acute and chronic, including: air pollution, contamination of drinking water, and physical hazards
- Analyze sources, pathways, and routes of exposure to environmental and occupational hazards, identify populations at high risk of exposure, and communicate that risk effectively
- Create programs that protect the environment using proven technologies and novel approaches