Office of the Vice Provost for Health


Grand Valley State University is the major provider of health care professionals in the West Michigan area.  As we educate the next generation of professionals, we continually strive to offer the most cutting-edge programs and advanced learning opportunities.  We do so by collaborating with a variety of institutes, organizations, and businesses to create innovative clinical opportunities for students across multiple disciplines. 

In the same way the very best hospitals implement a team approach to ensure optimal patient care, we educate students in group situations that provide comprehensive training with real-world implications.

Mission:  Educating students to promote and provide optimal healthcare for individuals and communities.

Vision Statement:  Grand Valley State University will be the foremost provider of health professionals in the region, educating nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other health professionals in a student-centered, interprofessional manner.  As the leader in the provision of academic programs, applied scholarship, and service in meeting current and ongoing needs for our communities, we will inspire the public's trust through the synergy of excellent health sciences and healthcare professions education, cutting edge biomedical research, and holistic healthcare service.  We will be vigorous and innovative in creating a framework of collaborative interprofessional healthcare professional education, research, and service programs for the 21st century to meet current and future needs of our students, health science and healthcare partners, and our communities. 

 Academic Programs Related to Health:  Our bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs prepare students for positions of service and leadership in many health care fields.  Each program was developed to meet community, regional, and national needs.


Jean Nagelkerk

Dr. Jean Nagelkerk,
Vice Provost for Health

Interprofessional Education and Scholarship Initiatives
Through the hands-on experiences of interprofessional education students hone skills specific to their field of study, while they reap the benefits of additional cross-training in related disciplines. Collaborative research opportunities pair students with faculty members for additional specialized learning.

Interprofessional education (IPE) and scholarship initiatives are the priority of the Vice Provost for Health Office and are supported by GVSU's state-of-the-art Simulation Center and Learning Resource Laboratories, which:

  • Serve as a safe practice environment for learning clinical skills
  • Provide rich opportunities for educational experiences
  • Result in thoroughly cross-trained professionals who utilize clear communication skills and possess a solid understanding of their field of study
  • Produce health care professionals of various disciplines who understand each other's roles and work effectively in team settings

State-of-the-art Simulation Center
Grand Valley’s state-of-the-art Simulation Center and learning resource laboratories provide a safe environment for students to practice clinical skills, as they teach and learn from others. Such innovative educational experiences result in well-prepared health care professionals with a solid understanding of the many variables that can affect patient care.

Autism Center
Grand Valley collaborates with school professionals, parent representatives, and community partners on the Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) project to create a sustainable structure of support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders within each region of Michigan. 

Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Education Project
The Veterans TBI Education Project is a collaborative effort between Grand Valley State University and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, funded by two Department of Defense grants.  The project's focus is serving wounded veterans suffering from a TBI within the past nine years while on active duty or training status. Our unique program will offer no cost, comprehensive, individualized care close to home addressing wounded veteran's physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs.  Service members will also be able to access online education learning modules about traumatic brain injury that are geared towards recovery.


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