Welcome to the 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.

Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, FNP

Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, FNP                   Vice Provost for Health

Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center (MIPERC)
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 setting

DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy


Grand Valley State University will now host the established DeVos Medical Ethcis Colloquy series thanks to a gift from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.  Please visit the DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy website for more information.  Questions may be directed to Diane Dykstra at dykstrdi@gvsu.edu or 616-331-5876.

Scribe Training Academy

The Office of the Vice Provost for Health launches New Scribe Training Academy Spring 2015!

Academic Programs Related to Health

College of Community and Public Service

College of Health Professions

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kirkhof College of Nursing

Seidman College of Business

Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Health Administration, M.H.A

Allied Health Sciences, B.S

Athletic Training, B.S.

Nursing, B.S.N

Business Administration, M.B.A. - Health Sector Management

Computer Information Systems, M.S.

Public and Nonprofit Administration, B.A, B.S, Minor

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, B.S.

Biology, B.A, B.S, Minor, M.S.

Nursing, M.S.N


Engineering (Biomedical) (Minor)

Social Work, B.S.W

Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.

Biomedical Sciences, B.S., M.H.S.

Nursing, D.N.P


Health Care Information Systems, Minor

Social Work, M.S.W

Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Biostatistics, M.S.

Nursing R.N. to B.S.N. 


Medical and Bioinformatics, M.S., P.S.M.


Physical Therapy, D.P.T

Cell and Molecular Biology, B.S., M.S.


Occupational Safety and Health Management, B.S., Minor


Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.

Chemistry, B.A., B.S. Minor


Public Health, M.P.H

Exercise Science, B.S.


Radiation Therapy, B.S.

Health Communication, B.A, B.S.


Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, B.S.

Integrated Science, B.S.


Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Physical Education, B.S., Minor


Therapeutic Recreation, B.S.

Physical Education (School Health Education), Minor


Preprofessional Studies (Predental & Premedical)


Preprofessional Studies (Prepharmacy)


Psychology, B.A, B.S., Minor