Welcome to the Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University. Public Health professionals promote good health and prevent disease within communities. Grand Valley prepares students through our new and emerging programs, and uses collaborative partnerships to meet diverse community health needs through educating future leaders, and promoting social justice and excellence in practice.

Academic Programs

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences

Application Information


We're Growing!

Beginning Fall 2016

Welcome to the Department of Public Health. We offer new and emerging programs at GVSU that will continue to expand in the coming years.

Program News for the Department of Public Health

Visit this page for more information about the graduate admission requirements and the application process for Public Health, M.P.H.

Visit this page for more information about the graduate admission requirements and the application process for Clinical Dietetics, M.S.

New program! Clinical Dietetics (M.S.) - Welcomed their first cohort in Fall 2016!

New location! The Master of Public Health (M.P. H.) degree program now offered at the Traverse City Regional Center!

Public Health is a Certified Healthy Department - Again!

Public Health recently received its second, consecutive recognition as a "Certified Healthy Department" by the GVSU Health and Wellness team! Grand Valley aims to be the Healthiest Campus in Michigan, and one way they encourage us to embrace and support a culture of health and wellness is through the Certified Health Department Program. Fourteen departments earned the certified health designation for 2016 - read the Lanthorn article here. We are proud to be a part of this valuable program!

Read more about GVSU's Certified Healthy Department program.

Program News

GVSU no longer charges out-of-state tuition for Graduate students!

GVSU's Graduate tuition rate is no longer based on residency. Find more information about tuition rates here.


Interested in Learning More About the Clinical Dietetics Master of Science Program? Join us for a tour and discussion!

Clinical Dietetics will be offering tours/discussion sessions for prospective students throughout the year. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and will include viewing our lab facilities, classrooms, and library areas of the Cook-DeVos Health Sciences building. Prospective students will hear more about our program's highlights and have an opportunity to have their questions answered. Tour groups are limited to 7 participants, and pre-registration is required. All tours will begin in the Cook-DeVos (CHS) building lobby. Parking passes are available for non-GVSU registrants and will be emailed approximately one week prior to the scheduled tour. Click here to reserve your spot. All tours take place on Fridays at 10:00 AM.

Tour/Discussion Dates for Summer 2017: July 7, August 4

Tour/Discussion Dates for the 2017-2018 Year:  September 29, October 27, November 17, January 26, February 23, March 30


The Coordinated Graduate Program (Track A) at Grand Valley State University is now accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.

Grand Valley State University's Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics program is an innovative program taught by nationally recognized faculty. Graduate classes for Track A and B will be available in fall 2016. 

Track A is a 49 to 52 credit coordinated graduate program designed for those who need supervised practice. Classes are taught using the hybrid model, with some Saturday laboratory experiences. Upon successful completion, this program provides eligibility to sit for the registration exam leading to the RDN credential. 

Track A applications will be reviewed for Fall 2018 beginning January, 2018.

Track B is a part-time, 39 to 42 credit hybrid program designed especially for credentialed Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who desire a master’s degree. The program enables working professionals to build on their broad knowledge and attain deeper comprehension and skill in practice, allowing them to be more competitive in practice now and in the future.

Track B is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Application Deadline for Track B - August 1, 2017

Go to the Clinical Dietetics website...


Application deadlines have been extended! HURRY - Applications for Fall 2017 in Grand Rapids will be accepted only for a limited time. Apply today! 

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.

  • CANCELLED - Our apologies, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the Thursday, August 3 at 3:00pm session has been cancelled. Please join us at one of our August sessions, or contact us directly at mphdept@gvsu.edu.
  • August 1 at 12:00pm; Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (Pew campus); CHS 127
  • August 3 at 3:00pm; Kirkhof Center (Allendale campus); KC 1142

Campus maps and directions...


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. http://www.ceph.org/

Go to the Master of Public Health website...

Page last modified June 15, 2017