Health Sciences


The Division of Health Sciences coordinates health sciences programs and policies, particularly those impacting the state’s three academic health centers at Marshall University, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia University. The Division oversees the Rural Health Initiative, a statewide program directed at improving the recruitment and retention of healthcare providers to rural areas of the state. The Initiative provides rural community-based training and enrichment opportunities for students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health fields. In addition, the Division administers the Health Sciences Service Program, which offers a recruitment incentive to West Virginia students in advanced degree health professions programs in exchange for a commitment to practice for at least two years in an underserved area of the state.


304-558-0530 (office)  |  304-558-0532 (fax)  |  1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV

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West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative

Application Due Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Cynthia Persily

Dr. Cynthia Persily, Senior Director of Health Sciences

304-558-0530 ext. 279

Carolyn Canini, Director of Behavioral Health Programs

304-558-0530 ext. 222
Dr. Robert Walker

Dr. Robert Walker, Consultant to the Division of Health Sciences


Jordyn Reed, Administrator, West Virginia Center for Nursing

304-558-0838 ext. 319