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Grand Valley State University's Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, offered by the Department of Public Health, prepares students by enhancing career opportunities through the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative problem solving research skills, service, and experiential learning. Public health professionals promote good health and prevent disease within communities. Our MPH provides graduate and community-based education and research grounded in social justice to help meet these goals.

GVSU's Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

The Public Health program at GVSU is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Visit CEPH's website to learn more:

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West Michigan Job Growth by 2024
GVSU Ranking as West Michigan Talent Provider
Median Annual Wage
$80,080  Average

Source: EMSI, 2020


According to 2020 EMSI research, job opportunities are expected to grow 11% in West Michigan, 7% in Michigan, and 10% in the U.S. by 2024. The median annual wage for public health professionals varies per job title but was reported to be between $58,884 and $94,913. M.P.H. graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Health Educator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food Inspector
  • Infectious Disease Specialist
  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Advocacy Director
  • Grant Writer
  • Health Department Director
  • Environmental Health Inspector

Source: EMSI, 2020

The Skills Employers Want

The Master of Public Health degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

Advanced Skills

  • Strategic Planning
  • Performance Improvement
  • Health Administration
  • Program Development
  • Budgeting
  • Behavioral Health
  • Quality Management
  • Managed Care

Common Skills

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Operations
  • Coordinating
  • Communications
  • Problem Solving
  • Innovation
  • Presentations
  • Research

Source: EMSI, 2020

Other Reasons to Study Public Health at Grand Valley

  • Experience based. Includes field experience in public health practice, optional global learning in public health, and practicum placements within the community. Didactic learning is paired with community based experiences throughout the curriculum.
  • In-Demand. By 2022, public health employment is expected to grow 22 percent nationally and by 12 percent in Michigan.
  • Great Location. Close proximity to, and articulation agreements with, a variety of clinical settings ensure more effective student learning.
  • Convenient. Courses are offered at the Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, in downtown Grand Rapids. Paired courses in the Traditional program = fewer days per week in the classroom.
  • Available Online. Students in our new MPH Online/Hybrid Program complete courses primarily online, meeting on location (Grand Rapids) one weekend per month. This format accommodates students with jobs, families, and other commitments, as well as those in distant locations. Click here to learn more about our MPH Online Hybrid Program.

Important Dates:

Applications for the Master of Public Health program are now being accepted for Fall 2020Apply to the GVSU Master of Public Health Traditional Program or Online/Hybrid Program today

The application deadline has been extended! Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis, for a limited time.

Courses Offered

The Public Health M.P.H. program is a minimum of 48 credits. Upon completion of the 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 Health (CPH) Exam.

Students choose one of two emphasis areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion

See the full M.P.H. course list


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. 

For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 


The Public Health M.P.H. Early Application deadline is November 1 for Fall semester; applications received after that date will be decided for rolling admission until March 1. NOTE: The Fall 2020 application has been extended!

The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

View the Public Health Admission Requirements


When you became a Laker, you opened up a lifetime of learning, and now alumni like you can use your Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account for classes that provide greater knowledge and new skills. Your account is waiting for you to use for future classes at GVSU. All you have to do is click on the button below to find out more.

Find Out More About Your Laker Lifetime Learning Account (L3)

MPH Information Events
MPH Information Events

Learn how & why you should earn your MPH at GVSU! 

We invite you to attend one of our many information events - choose the format and date which works best for you!  We offer several different types of engagement - both on campus and off campus, in-person and remotely. 


Attend an MPH Information Event

Introducing the Master of Public Health Hybrid Program

Fall 2020 applicants now select from one of two program options: Traditional (In-Seat) Program or Hybrid Program.

The HYBRID program is designed primarily for adult learners and nontraditional students wishing to pursue the MPH degree. Students in the hybrid cohort meet on-campus only one Saturday each semester -- 8:00am-6:00pm -- at GVSU's Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in Grand Rapids, MI. The hybrid format provides the same high-quality, graduate education as the traditional MPH program and is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Learn more about the MPH Hybrid Program

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