Ranelle Brew, Ed.D, MS, CHES

Kitty Cats

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 serves as the Chair of the Department 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 in West Michigan.

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 diversity pipeline, breastfeeding, accessibility, and global health. As co-director, she runs an annual summer health professions camp entitled, sHaPe Camp, which has won a 2018 Hometown Health Hero Award for its pipeline and diversity impact in the community and the 2020 national Society for Public Health Education, Clarence E. Pearson Award. Brew travels annually with students on global experiential learning trips. She’s travelled 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. Her extensive global health work includes the development of a sustainable international health care service-learning program for the MPH program. Annually she takes graduate students to domestic and international destinations. Current work is focusing on the five Blue Zones locations, studying centenarians.

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

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