Skip to main content

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.

Graduate Application

Apply Now

Professor with white lab coat on points at computer screen while two students pay attention

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:

March 1, 2017 - Application Deadline. Applications for the FALL 2017 Master of Public Health programs in Grand Rapids and Traverse City are now being accepted -- Apply today! Choose "Master of Public Health - Grand Rapids" or "Master of Public Health - Traverse City" on the application to indicate your program selection.



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

MPH is now in Traverse City!

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

Applications for Fall 2017 are now being accepted. Learn more about M.P.H. at Traverse City here.

Read the GVNow story

Interested? We invite you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions--Offered in person & online!

Join the our Traverse City MPH Coordinator, Dr. Heather Wallace, to learn how and why you should earn your Master of Public Health from Grand Valley State University. No registration is required. For more information, please contact us at 616-331-5570

Online Webinars (RSVP required):

  • Friday, Feb. 24 at 12:00pm
  • Monday, Feb. 27 at 9:00am

In person Info Sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8:00am, in the NMC University Center
  • Tuesday, Mar. 14 at 11:00am, in the NMC University Center

Traverse City Regional Center

Click on the map for an enlarged version.

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.