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.

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Experience. Includes field experience in public health practice, optional global learning in public health, and practicum placements within the community.

In-demand. By 2022, public health employment is expected to grow 22 percent nationally and by 12 percent in Michigan.

Convenient. Courses are offered at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids.

Important Dates:

February 1, 2016  -  EXTENDED! Applications for the Master of Public Health program in Grand Rapids are still being accepted for FALL 2016. Applications received after Feb. 1, 2016 will be considered on a rolling basis -- Apply today!

May 1, 2016 -  EXTENDED application deadline for students interested in joining our new Traverse City program for FALL 2016! -- Apply today! Select "Master of Public Health - Traverse City" for your program selection.

Breaking News in GVSU Public Health!

We are extremely excited to announce that our M.P.H. program at GVSU is growing and expanding north in 2016! The Traverse City Regional Center will welcome a small cohort of public health graduate students, for the M.P.H. - Health Promotion emphasis, beginning in FALL 2016!

Applications for the TC program will be accepted until May 1, 2016. Learn more about M.P.H. at Traverse City here. Please contact us at or if you have questions regarding the program.

The TCRC will also be hosting a "Health Care Programs Open House" on April 16, 2016, if you are interested in learning more about the campus and their programs.

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Public Health Society Meeting

February 24, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PHS Workshop: Preparing for the CHES

February 29, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Public Health Society Meeting

March 30, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

MPH Student Research Day/Poster Presentations

April 22, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join the department of Public Health on April 22 as our graduating Master of Public Health students present their research posters. The event will be held in the Eberhard Center (EC), with presentations...

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The Public Health M.P.H. admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived for anyone who has previously applied to Grand Valley.

Courses Offered

The Public Health M.P.H. program is a minimum of 60-63 credits.

See the full course list.