Graduate Education

West Virginia faces a unique set of health issues: a population at significantly higher risk of disease and early mortality than other states in the nation; rural communities with shortages of key health professionals; social, environmental, and demographic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes.

WVU is one of only 115 institutions to receive R1 designation from among the nation's more than 4,500 higher education institutions. The WVU Health Sciences Center's researchers strive to be national leaders in pursuing basic, clinical, translational and health services research, and to develop programs to advance medical and scientific knowledge. Across campus, our faculty work with students in tremendously collaborative research relationships in all disciplines. This is what make the research enterprise at WVU truly exceptional.

Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

The Master of Science in the Biomedical Sciences is designed to assist in the selection of a career path, albeit industry, teaching, or a professional program, and/or for the transition to a biomedical PhD program. The degree has a thesis or non-thesis option, the latter with additional elective coursework that should align with career goals. These programs are: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cancer Cell Biology, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences.

Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.)

The Biomedical Sciences reside in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at WVU. As a student, you will enter as an undifferentiated student and take core coursework and conduct at least three research rotations during your first semester. You will have the opportunity to select a graduate program from one of seven Ph.D. degree-granting programs and a faculty dissertation mentor during the first year of study.

Clinical and Translational Sciences (Certificate)

Develop the next generation of clinical and translational scientists through educational and mentored, research training. The Certificate program provides the core competencies for clinical and translational research: biostatistics, epidemiology, and responsible conduct of research, culminating with a clinical research practicum. These core courses lay the foundation for advanced training described for the M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science.

Clinical and Translational Sciences (M.S.)

The objective of this program is to foster the training and career development of health professionals in clinical and translational research. The target group for this program is junior faculty, fellows, residents, and PhD’s.

Clinical and Translational Sciences (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program in clinical and translational sciences has been developed in response to the fundamental changes taking place in biomedical science research and education in North America and worldwide, and will consist of a set of core, required courses and research experiences in basic, population, and clinical sciences. This program consists of 99 credit hours and is intended for full time students. Students completing this program will be well prepared to develop academic, research careers in clinical and translational science, careers in government organizations, and / or careers in the private sector (e.g., drug companies, biomedical research companies etc.).

Exercise Physiology (M.S.)

The Clinical Track Master of Science program in exercise physiology provides course work and laboratory experience that prepares students for careers in adult fitness, hospital or corporate-based wellness programs, or cardiac rehabilitation. The Thesis Track Master of Science program in exercise physiology is intended to give exceptional students knowledge in basic medical and scientific areas to prepare them for entry into advanced research intensive or professional careers.

Health Sciences (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Health Sciences is a 12-month, non-thesis masters program. The program targets students who desire to enhance their competitiveness for entry into advanced degree programs or who are interested in more in-depth study in the biomedical and public health disciplines.

MD/PhD Scholars Training Program

The MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program will prepare you for an academic career that combines the practice and teaching of clinical medicine with investigation of mechanisms of disease. The long range goal is to train you to be an independent investigator and function as a physician/scientist. The average time to completion for the MD, PhD degree is 7.9 years.