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:

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

Applications for Fall 2018 MPH in Traverse City will be considered for rolling admission until Feb 1

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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 51-54 credits.

See the full course list.


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. Visit the financial aid office webpage for tuition and fees

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, June 13 at 12:00pm, in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Room 127 (downtown campus)
  • Thursday, June 15 at 3:00pm, on the Allendale campus, Kirkhof Center, Room 2259

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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. 

MPH is now in Traverse City!

The M.P.H. program at GVSU grew and expanded north in 2016. The Traverse City Regional Center  welcomed its first cohort of public health graduate students, for the M.P.H. - Health Promotion emphasis in Fall 2016.

Applications for Fall 2018 are now being accepted. Learn more about M.P.H. at Traverse City here.

Read the GVNow story

Traverse City Regional Center

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Mangiamo's New Student Meet and Greet

May 31, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Master of Public Health (MPH) Information Session

June 13, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

PHS Meeting

June 14, 2017 9:15 PM

Master of Public Health (MPH) Information Session

June 15, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

PHS Meeting

July 19, 2017 9:15 PM

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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.

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