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Grand Valley State University's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, offered by the School of Interdisciplinary 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. The M.P.H. provides graduate and community-based education and research grounded in social justice to help meet these goals.
The M.P.H. program is offered in two formats:
- Traditional (in-seat)
- Online/Hybrid (remote; meets in-person one weekend per semester)
All prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in an M.P.H. Information Event
Source: EMSI, 2020
PUBLIC HEALTH CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES
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
- 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.
- Strategic Planning
- Performance Improvement
- Health Administration
- Program Development
- Behavioral Health
- Quality Management
- Managed Care
- Problem Solving
Source: EMSI, 2020
Why Study Public Health at Grand Valley?
- Accredited. The M.P.H. program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (www.ceph.org).
- Relevant. A Master of Public Health degree from GVSU means acquired experience and skills vital for today's public health professional.
- 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 public health-related organizations ensure more effective student learning.
- Convenient. Traditional format students attend class on GVSU's Health Campus, near the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Paired courses in the Traditional program = fewer days per week in the classroom. Classes for Hybrid format students meet in-person one weekend per semester.
- Available online. Students in our Hybrid format program complete their courses primarily online, meeting on location (Grand Rapids) only one weekend per semester. 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.
- Tuition savings. GVSU graduate school tuition is not based on residency - we do not charge out-of-state or international tuition rates.
Applications for the Master of Public Health program are now being accepted for Fall 2022. Apply to the M.P.H. Traditional Program or Online/Hybrid Program today!
Priority Admission deadline - November 1
Application deadline - March 1
Applications received after 3/1/21 will be considered for rolling admissions.
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.
Undergraduates accepted into the Allied Health Sciences (B.S.) + Public Health (M.P.H.) Combined Degree program begin their MPH courses in the fall of their senior year. A minimum total of 126 credits must be completed for the combined (B.S. + M.P.H.) degree.
Students in the Traditional and Hybrid programs choose one of two emphasis areas:
- Health promotion
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. Undergraduate GVSU Allied Health Science (General) students save tuition when enrolling in the AHS (B.S.) + Public Health (M.P.H.) Combined Degree program!
M.P.H. students regularly hold graduate assistantships with various GVSU departments and centers. GA position openings are posted on The Graduate School's GA job openings webpage. Public Health typically employs 1 second-year M.P.H. student as a full-time graduate assistant.
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. Application deadline is March 1.
Secure your seat early by applying before the Priority Admission application deadline, November 1. Priority Admissions applicants receive their decision by early December.
Applications received after March 1 will be decided for rolling admission.
Undergraduate students in GVSU's Allied Health Sciences (AHS) can apply in the fall of their junior year (after the completion of 55+ credit hours) for the AHS (B.S.) + Public Health (M.P.H.) Combined Degree program.
The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.
ARE YOU A GVSU ALUM?
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.
NEW AGREEMENT OFFERS DIRECT ADMITTANCE TO NMU STUDENTS!
We are thrilled to officially announce a new partnership between GVSU's Master of Public Health program and Northern Michigan University! Students in NMU's School of Health and Human Performance will now have the opportunity to be directly admitted into our MPH program. Read more about the new articulation agreement.
Learn how & why you should earn your M.P.H. 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.