Student Testimonials

Take a look at what our students are saying about the Master of Public Health program at Grand Valley State University.

Isaac Clark

Isaac Clark '17 says, "The professors of GVSU's M.P.H. program are driven to ensure that we have all that it takes to be exemplary in academia as well as in our professional lives. They know that we are the future of public health, and they are providing us with the keys to success - one cohort at a time."

 

Class of 2017
Emphasis: Health Promotion

Maria Dunneback

 

"The emphasis areas in GVSU's M.P.H. program are versatile and will allow me to shape the degree to reflect my career goals both now and in the future. I also love how interactive the program is with the community and that it allows us the ability to make a difference while still in the classroom."

 

Class of 2017
Emphasis: Health Administration

 

Rachel Wilkins

Rachel Wilkins '19, says, "I love that I have been able to work in both a team environment and independently. I think the faculty running our program really cares about us and our futures."

 

Class of 2019
Emphasis: Epidemiology


Kelsey Young

Kelsey Young '19, says, "I feel changes and improved as a person today. The program I was able to create at my practicum will now be used and transformed into my personal business and be promoted to the local community."


Class of 2019
Emphasis: Health Promotion

Mic Garcia

Mic Garcia '16 says, "The program's solid connections provide students with abundant opportunities to complement classroom learning with real-world experience in nationally recognized hospitals and health systems, an academic health department, and numerous other public health organizations, agencies, and institutes."

 

Class of 2016
Emphasis: Health Administration

Poshita Nigam

Poshita Nigam '21, says, "I love Public Health because it gives me the opportunity to improve people's quality of life by working to promote and protect people's health."

 

Class of 2021
Emphasis: Epidemiology


Maddie Vervaeke

Maddie Vervaeke '21, says, "Grand Valley's MPH program was definitely one of the best decisions I've made. Public health has turned more into a passion than I even thought it would, and my interests are expanding every day."

 

Class of 2021
Emphasis: Health Promotion

Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt '19 says, "The program has taught me that there are many people out in the field who are willing to help you. I have become more confident in my abilities and I'm more understanding of those around me."

 

Class of 2019
Emphasis: Epidemiology

Lisa Hearns

Lisa (Kidder) Hearns '17 says, "I have received two promotions at my current employer in the two years since receiving my MPH. I have been at Pine Rest for 8 years but receiving my MPH really gave me a lot of additional opportunities within the organization. In my new position I am even able to use the statistical/research knowledge I gained from the program in order to assist the physicians with their research projects."

 

Class of 2017
Emphasis: Health Administration


Jozlyn Evans

Jozlyn Evans '21, says, "I chose to go into the field of public health because I believe everyone should have equal opportunities regarding their health and safety. I want communities to feel comfortable knowing that someone is fighting to give them the best options for their health."

 

Class of 2021
Emphasis: Health Promotion

Kate Donaldson

 

"With a new career as a Sexuality Educator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I am excited to continue working in the various dimensions of sexuality. Changing culture around sexuality on a college campus is a dream come true! 
I obtained this position largely due to the skills I gained during my project and practicum! I am thankful for the connections and mentors I had during my time at GVSU. With my MPH, I am ready to take on this new venture!"

 

Class of 2018
Emphasis: Health Promotion

 

Kate Connelly

Kate Connelly '19 says, "I love to educate others on the importance of prevention and living healthy lifestyles. I chose this degree because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of Public Health and apply it to my business so that I can help people even more."

 

Class of 2019
Emphasis: Health Promotion


Bree Bode

Bree Bode '15 says, "The M.P.H. program has truly impacted my life. The specific coursework I participated in prepared me for a broad scope of practice in the public health field. I was challenged, encouraged, and motivated by my professors and that resulted in my ability to impact the world through public health practice. As a graduate of the program I was able to experience the camaraderie of a cohort, the mentorship of dedicated professors, and a health education curriculum that prepared me for practice in the community."

 

Class of 2015
Emphasis: Health Promotion

Nirav Ribadiya

Nirav Ribadiya '17 says, "My favorite part [of the MPH program] was the excellent and well-qualified faculty and mentors who help you in every step of the program. The program curriculum is designed in such a way that every student gets an opportunity to excel in the real world.”

 

Class of 2017
Emphasis: Health Promotion