Admissions for Public Health, M.P.H.

Applications for Fall 2022 are now being accepted for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Priority admission application deadline is November 1.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, for those received after the March 1 application deadline.

Applicants will choose from the following programs:

Note: Students have until the end of their first semester in the program to confirm their chosen emphasis.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend an MPH Information event (in person or online). Please contact Darlene Zwart with any program requirement questions. Note: there are no course or academic discipline (major/minor) pre-requisites for this program.

Any application-related concerns or questions should be directed to the GVSU Admissions Office: 
(616) 331-2025
1-(800) 748-0246 (Toll-free Phone)

University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office (300 Student Services Building, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401). NOTE: We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. For applicants whose native language is not English: test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or PTE Academic (Pearson Test for English Academic). Only original score reports will be accepted. The following minimum scores are expected: TOEFL - 80 (or 550 for paper-based), IELTS - 6.5, MELAB - 77, PTE Academic - 53.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University requirements of admission, all students seeking a degree for the Master of Public Health (MPH) must also meet the following requirements:

  1. Grade point average of 3.0 (B) from all undergraduate coursework
  2. Recommendations: Two recommendations received. You can provide the emails of three references in your account at, and they will be sent a link to fill out for their online recommendation

Required Documents/Personal Statement

All applicants are required to submit the following items as part of their application package:

• Résumé detailing work and volunteer experiences 

• All applicants must provide a written statement that addresses both of the following questions. The overall response should not exceed two, double-spaced pages (maximum).

  1. What would make you an excellent candidate for the Grand Valley State University MPH program?
  2. What are your expectations for a future career in Public Health (highlighting your emphasis area of interest)?

Additional Information

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional information it deems appropriate, including a second writing sample, if a decision is not reached upon the initial review of an applicant's documents. The committee may also require the applicant in question to participate in an oral interview with one or more members of the committee. The decisions of the MPH Admissions Committee are final.