Ranelle Brew, Ed.D, MS, CHES

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Chair, Department of Public Health
Director, Master of Public Health program
Associate Professor


Dr. Brew teaches as an Associate Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University and is the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Program Director. Her Doctoral and double Master degrees are from Columbia University in Education and Health Sciences respectively. Her doctoral research included Adolescent Asthma Health Education in New York City public schools through collaboration between New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University.

She has worked in health care for over 20 years in various settings including clinically, within the public school system, in geriatric health, fitness, and currently in higher education. She has 18 years of higher education teaching experience in both New York City and the Greater Grand Rapids areas.

Dr. Brew teaches courses in the Public Health Promotion and Education emphasis, as well as the Introduction to Public Health course. Teaching online is an area expertise of Dr. Brew's as she has taught, designed curriculum, and trained faculty using these technologies for the past 15 years. She is the author of instructor materials for F.A. Davis Publishing for Medical Terminology, Simplified and a children’s book entitled, Healthy Days.   

Dr. Brew's current research interests include an annual summer health professions camp entitled, sHaPe, which won a 2018 Hometown Health Hero Award for its pipeline and diversity impact in the community; Brew serves as a co-director. Global health is a secondary research area as she has traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, Ghana, West Africa, Beijing, China, Tacloban City, Philippines, Manenberg, South Africa, Athens/Ikaria, Greece, and the Nicoya Coast of Costa Rica with students on study abroad programs. Her extensive global health work includes the development of a sustainable international health care service learning program for the MPH program, with plans to take graduate students to domestic and international destinations, annually. Current work is focusing on the five Blue Zones locations, studying centenarians.

Dr. Brew serves in the public health community extensively. She currently is serving as the Immediate Past-President for the Michigan Public Health Association (MPHA), member of American Public Health Association (APHA) and social chair for the PHEHP section, a national member of the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the 2019 President for the Great Lakes Chapter (GLC-SOPHE), Board Chair for the Diagnostics and Therapeutics Kent Count Early College Health programs, and Kids in the Kitchen committee member for the Junior League of Grand Rapids with focus on women and children’s wellness programming.

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