Master of Public Health at Grand Valley

Grand Valley State University's Master of Public Health (MPH), 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. The MPH provides graduate and community-based education and research grounded in social justice to help meet these goals.

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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.
  • Flexible. Classes are offered in late afternoon and early evening to accommodate working professionals.
  • Online. Core courses are offered in an online/hybrid format allowing the student to complete a course both in-seat and online to accommodate a more flexible schedule.

Important Dates:

Applications for the Master of Public Health program are now being accepted for Fall 2019Apply 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 51-54 credits. Upon completion of the 51-54 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 Health (CPH) Exam. Students choose one of two emphasis areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion

Students may choose electives in policy, environmental health, and health disparities.

See the full 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 for anyone who has previously 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. 

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)  Attend an MPH OPEN HOUSE session. RSVP strongly recommended - Register here.

  • ALLENDALE - Thursday, May 23 - 4pm. Kirkhof Center (Rm 1142)
  • GRAND RAPIDS - Monday, June 3 - 9am Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS 115)

2)  Attend our MPH Weekend OPEN HOUSE + TOUR - Tour the new Raleigh J. Finkelstein Building, including our Public Health offices, classrooms, study spaces, and more.

  • Saturday, May 11 - 10am (Pre-registration strongly recommended) Register here.

3)  Prospective national and international applicants can join us for an interactive Online MPH Information Session with Dr. Ranelle Brew.

  • Wednesday, May 29 - 12pm (Pre-registration for the online session is required) Register here.

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. Please note: the MPH degree program is not an online program.

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Accreditation News!

(6/21/16)  The governing body for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the nationally recognized accrediting body for programs in public health, has granted candidacy status for the GVSU Public Health program (MPH). This is the initial accreditation category for public health programs. CEPH's procedures provide that the Department of Public Health has up to two years to undertake a self-study and submit a self-study document. An on-site visit by a team of peer reviewers will follow the self-study submission. We are excited to be undertaking this next step in the process for full CEPH accreditation!

(6/15/18)  Our Self-Study document has officially been submitted to the CEPH reviewers! In two month's time we will receive comments from their review of the document. The site visit will occur before the end of the year!

(12/5/18)  The CEPH Site Visit Team has concluded! The team will draft a report over the coming months, which will be forwarded to us for review and for which we can craft a written response to its conclusions. The report and our response will then go to the CEPH Board for a decision; the board's final decision will be communicated to us in summer, 2019.

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