Public Health, M.P.H.
The Council on Education for Public Health-accredited Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program provides a collaborative and integrated approach to improving population health and healthcare. The MPH program uses collaborative partnerships to meet diverse community health needs through educating future leaders, and promoting social justice and excellence in practice.
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Public health professionals promote good health, prevent disease within communities, and address multiple complex public health problems. The M.P.H. provides graduate level community-based education and research, in two formats: traditional in-seat and online/hybrid.
Why Study Public Health at Grand Valley?
- Students receive field experience in public health practice, along
with optional service and global learning in public health and
practicum placements in the community. Didactic learning is paired
with community-based experiences throughout the curriculum.
- Classes, faculty offices, and public health labs are all offered at the new Raleigh J. Finklestein Hall building in downtown Grand Rapids on GVSU's health campus.
- Classes are flexible and convenient for working professionals. Two
delivery formats to meet student demand. Traditional in-seat option
(with classes at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.), or an online/hybrid option
(meeting one weekend per semester on campus with coursework online).
- Grand Valley offers the same graduate tuition rate for in- and out-of-state students.
- Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (www.ceph.org).
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Location & Format
Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.Formats:
- Face To Face
Students choose one of two emphasis areas: epidemiology or health
promotion. Electives offered in policy, environmental health, and
Upon completion of the 48-51 hour, five semester M.P.H. program, graduates will be qualified to earn voluntary professional certification by taking the National Board of Public Health Examiners Certified in Public Heath (CPH) and/or the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exams.
Early admission application deadline is November 1; regular admission
deadline March 1; rolling admissions accepted until all seats are
filled. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the
applicant has previously applied to GVSU.
For general requirements for graduate admission, visit Grand Valley State University’s admission section of the online catalog.
Admission into the public health program has additional requirements, which are available on this page.
If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate admissions office.
School of Interdisciplinary Health
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Suite 204
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
American Public Health Association: apha.org
Michigan Public Health Association: mipha.org
Society of Public Health Education: sophe.org
Council on Education for Public Health: ceph.org
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