Ranelle Brew, Ed.D, MS, CHES
Dr. Brew teaches as a Full 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. 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 over 20 years of higher education teaching experience in both New York City and in West Michigan.
Dr. Brew teaches courses in Public Health Promotion and Education emphasis, as well as the Introduction to Public Health course. Teaching online is an area of expertise of Dr. Brew as she has taught, designed curriculum, and trained faculty using these technologies for the past two decades. 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 programs in health professions, breastfeeding, accessibility, after-school wellness programming, 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 as well as the 2020 national Society for Public Health Education, Clarence E. Pearson Award. Partnered with Lowell Community Wellness, she had co-led 5+ years of after-school wellness camps for elementary students in the Lowell Public School system winning a 2021 Hometown Health Hero Award.
Dr. Brew travels annually with students on global and domestically focused public health service 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, and Sardinia, Italy with students on study abroad. 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).