Master of Public Health at Grand Valley

Grand Valley State University's Master of Public Health (MPH), offered by the Department of Public Health, prepares students by enhancing career opportunities through the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative problem solving research skills, service, and experiential learning. Public health professionals promote good health and prevent disease within communities. The MPH provides graduate and community-based education and research grounded in social justice to help meet these goals.

Why Study Public Health at Grand Valley?

  • Experience based. Includes field experience in public health practice, optional global learning in public health, and practicum placements within the community. Didactic learning is paired with community based experiences throughout the curriculum.
  • In-Demand. By 2022, public health employment is expected to grow 22 percent nationally and by 12 percent in Michigan.
  • Great Location. Close proximity to, and articulation agreements with, a variety of clinical settings ensure more effective student learning.
  • Convenient. Courses are offered at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids, and for students in northern Michigan courses are available at the Traverse City Regional campus.
  • Flexible. Classes are offered in late afternoon and early evening to accommodate working professionals.
  • Online. Core courses are offered in an online/hybrid format allowing the student to complete a course both in-seat and online to accommodate a more flexible schedule.

Important Dates:

Hurry! Applications for the Fall 2017 Master of Public Health program in Grand Rapids are still being accepted for a limited time. Apply today


Courses Offered

The Public Health M.P.H. program is a minimum of 51-54 credits. Upon completion of the 51-54 hour, five semester M.P.H. program, graduates will be qualified to earn voluntary professional certification by taking the National Board of Public Health Examiners Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam. Students choose one of two emphasis areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion

Students may choose electives in policy, environmental health, and health disparities.

See the full course list.


The Public Health M.P.H. admission requirements are available here. The $30 application fee is waived for anyone who has previously applied to Grand Valley.

View the Public Health Admission Requirements


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 

Interested in Learning More About the MPH Program?

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions!

Join the Director of the MPH program, Dr. Ranelle Brew, to learn how and why you should earn your Master of Public Health at Grand Valley State University. No registration is required. For more information, please contact us at 616-331-5570.

  • Tuesday, September 12 – 10am – Allendale Kirkhof Center Room 1142
  • Wednesday, September 13 – 6pm – DeVos Building Room 302E
  • Thursday, September 14 – 12pm – CHS Room 115

Campus maps and directions...


Unable to attend an on-campus MPH Info Session? Join us for an interactive Online MPH Info Session!

Dr. Ranelle Brew will be hosting a webinar MPH Info Session:

  • Tuesday, September 12 – 3pm – Webinar

Pre-registration for online sessions is required--Register here.

Registrants will receive an email link/login approximately 3-4 days prior to the online session. Use of Google Chrome is required for the session, but sessions are accessible using your desktop, laptop, notebook/tablet, and smartphone. Please note that the MPH degree program is not an online program.

National Public Health Week (4/1-4/8)

We had a blast celebrating National Public Health Week

Check out Fox News' article covering the MPH Program's Feminine Hygiene Drive. 

Accreditation News!

(6/21/16)  The governing body for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the nationally recognized accrediting body for programs in public health, has granted candidacy status for the GVSU Public Health program (MPH). This is the initial accreditation category for public health programs. CEPH's procedures provide that the Department of Public Health has up to two years to undertake a self-study and submit a self-study document. An on-site visit by a team of peer reviewers will follow the self-study submission. We are excited to be undertaking this next step in the process for full CEPH accreditation!

Council on Education for Public Health: 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone: 202.789.1050.


MPH New Student Orientation

August 24, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

MPH Student Meet & Greet

August 26, 2017 All Day

MPH Information Session

September 12, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

MPH Information Session WEBINAR

September 12, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MPH Information Session

September 13, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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