Master of Public Health

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:


22% JOB GROWTH BY 2022




BY 2022

The median annual wage was $115,110 for public health professionals in May 2017. The highest 10 percent earned more than $161,890. The annual mean wage in Michigan is $76,000 - $88,560. By 2022, public health employment is expected to grow 22 percent nationally and by 12 percent in Michigan. GVSU M.P.H. graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • City managers
  • Community developers
  • Department heads
  • Financial managers
  • Foreign service officers
  • Fundraisers
  • Program or agency directors

Why 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 = less days per week in the classroom.
  • Online. Students in our new MPH-Health Promotion 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 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

Rolling Admissions begin November 1, 2019.

Application deadline is March 1, 2020.

Courses Offered

The Public Health M.P.H. program is a minimum of 51 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.


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. 

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


View the Public Health Admission Requirements


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. 

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 non-traditional students wishing to pursue the MPH degree in Health Promotion. Classes meet one weekend each month -- Friday evenings from 5:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-5:00pm -- at GVSU's Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in Grand Rapids, MI. More than 50% of course content is presented online. 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).

Read more about our MPH Hybrid Program, then join an Online (webinar) MPH Information Session or MPH Open House (listed below) to learn more about our programs.

Interested in Learning More About the MPH Program?

Join the Director of the MPH program, Dr. Ranelle Brew, to learn how and why you should earn your Master of Public Health at Grand Valley State University. We invite you to attend an upcoming Information Event:

1) Prospective national and international applicants can join us for an interactive Online MPH Information Session with Dr. Ranelle Brew. Pre-registration for the online session is required - Register to participate in an Online MPH Information Session

  • Thursday, October 24 9am  
  • Wednesday, November 20 @ 1pm 

Online MPH Information Session Registrants will receive an email link/login approximately 1-2 business days prior to the online session. Use of Google Chrome is required for the session, but sessions are accessible using your desktop, laptop, notebook/tablet, and smartphone. 

2) Attend our MPH OPEN HOUSE + TOUR - Tour the new Raleigh J. Finkelstein Building, including our Public Health offices, classrooms, study spaces, and more. Tour begins in the lobby. Pre-registration is strongly recommended - Register to attend an MPH OPEN HOUSE + TOUR.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 12pm 

3) Attend an MPH OPEN HOUSE session. RSVP strongly recommended - Register to attend an MPH OPEN HOUSE.

  • TRAVERSE CITY - November TBA. Details to be announced soon!

4) Swing by and talk with us at our MPH Information Table in the Kirkhof Center Lobby.

  • Thursday, Oct. 24: noon - 1pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12: 1pm - 2:30pm
  • Friday, Nov. 15: noon - 1pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: 3pm - 4pm

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MPH Information Table

October 24, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

MPH Information Table

November 12, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

MPH Information Table

November 15, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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