Faculty for Public Health

GVSU's Master of Public Health program is strengthened by its experienced and accomplished faculty team - their diverse research, scholarship, and community connections help engage students and bring a wealth of knowledge into the classroom. 

Learn more about the dedicated faculty of Public Health, M.P.H. 

Ranelle Brew, Ed.D., MS, CHES

Dr. Ranelle Brew teaches as an Associate Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University and serves as the MPH Program Director. Her Doctoral and double Master degrees are from Columbia University in Education and Health Sciences respectively.
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Katie Barnhart, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Barnhart is an Associate Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in Health Behavior, with a minor in mixed methods inquiry, from Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health.
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Azizur Molla, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Azizur Molla is a Professor for the Master of Public Health program in the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University. He is a medical anthropologist with experience in community health, environmental health, program evaluation, health education and promotion, and research methods.
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Sarah Nechuta, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Sarah Nechuta is an Assistant Professor for the Master of Public Health program at Grand Valley State University.  She received her PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University in 2009 and her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 2005.

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Karen Niemchick, Ph.D., MHS

Dr. Karen Niemchick is an Assistant Professor, and serves as Practicum Coordinator for the MPH program at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in epidemiology from Walden University. 
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Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Dr. VanderMolen is an Associate Professor of Public Health within the School of Interdisciplinary Health at Grand Valley State University.  Dr. VanderMolen received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Career and Technical Education from Western Michigan University. She has an M.Ed in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University, a MA in Health Science from the University of Alabama, and an MS in Biology from Clemson University.

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Heather Wallace, Ph.D.

Dr. Wallace is an Associate Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University where she advises and teaches students in Health Promotion. Dr. Wallace is an interdisciplinary scholar having received degrees in Sociology, Public Health and Gerontology. Her areas of expertise include rural aging, rural cancer control and prevention, and health behavior.
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