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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.

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.) - Classes begin Fall 2016!

New location! The Master of Public Health (M.P. H.) degree program now offered at the Traverse City Regional Center, beginning Fall 2016!


Public Health is a Certified Healthy Department

Public Health recently received recognition as a "Certified Healthy Department" by the GVSU Health and Wellness team! President Haas, along with the Health & Wellness team, visited on Feb. 3 to present a plaque and award letter. 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. Thirteen departments earned the certified health designation for 2015. We are proud to be a part of this valuable program!

Read more about GVSU's Certified Healthy Department program.

Program News

Did You Know ???? 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 the 2016-2017 Year:  November 4, December 2, January 13, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5


Clinical Dietetics OPEN HOUSE - Apr. 7!

Clinical Dietetics would like to invite anyone interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics (M.S.C.D.) program to attend our Spring Open House. The event will include an information session, tour, Q & A with faculty, plus refreshments. Join us on April 7, from 2:00pm - 4:30pm in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Room 240. Parking is available for non-GVSU visitors.

Please RSVP by April 3.


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 to take our first cohort of students for Fall 2016! Applications for Fall 2017, Track A, will open in February.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876.

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 2017 beginning January 15, 2017.

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 Spring/Summer 2017. Application Deadline for Track B - April 1, 2017

Go to the Clinical Dietetics website...


MPH Information Sessions:

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions--Offered in person & online for both MPH program locations!


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):

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 10:00am
  • Friday, Feb. 10 at 12:00pm
  • Monday. Feb. 13 at 9:00am
  • 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


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.

  • Monday, Feb. 6 at 1:00pm, in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Room 240 (downtown campus)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10:00am, on the Allendale campus, Kirkhof Center, Room 1142
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 5:00pm, in the DeVos Center, Room 302E (downtown campus)

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 an online MPH Info Session Webinar:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 3:00pm

Registration for the online session is required. Register here. Registrants will receive an email link approximately 1-2 days prior to the online session. Use of the Google Chrome browser is required. Please note that the MPH degree program is not an online program.


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.

Go to the Master of Public Health website...

National Public Health Week 2016!

Catch Up With all of our Recent NPHW Activities and Information

Click here to view our NPHW 2016 themes, recaps of NPHW events, plus other NPHW information and resources.