College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions currently offers an extensive variety of programs that are appealing to students interested in the health professions. Our 17 academic programs consist of the bachelor's degree programs of Allied Health Sciences, Cardiovascular Sonography, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Diagnostic Medical Sonography-General (Abdominal & OB GYN), Health Information Management, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiation Therapy, and Recreational Therapy; the entry-level master's degree programs of Clinical Dietetics, Medical Dosimetry, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health, and Speech-Language Pathology; and the clinical doctorate Physical Therapy program and upcoming Audiology and Occupational Therapy doctorate programs. 

GVSU granted 405 bachelor's degrees and 279 graduate degrees in the 2018-2019 academic year to students in the College of Health Professions programs!

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Our Mission

To prepare exceptional professionals who will impact the health and well-being of the larger community.

Our Vision

To create an environment that is recognized and respected for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the community, our professions, and the constituents we serve. 

We will be recognized for our collegiality, collaboration, evidence based practice, and development of life-long learners.

Our Values

  • Professional and ethical behavior
  • Respect and appreciation of differences
  • Life-long learning
  • Excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice
  • Appreciation of personal well-being
  • Collegiality and collaboration
  • Social responsibility

Study Abroad - Make a Global Impact

As a health profession major, students studying abroad will experience global health practices from different perspectives and gain a cross-cultural understanding -- one that is key when interacting with diverse patients!

Expand your horizon and play a vital role; explore the possibilities... 

Global Health


The mission of the Global Health Task Force is to coordinate the research, service, and educational global health-related activities of Grand Valley State University’s College of Health Professions.


  • Develop and nurture global health partnerships
  • Foster global health research and scholarship
  • Train the next generation of global health leaders


Learn more about the College of Health Profession's Global Health Taskforce.

Global Health Taskforce

Global Health Taskforce Link

Image of children in India with vaccination cards

A group of children eagerly hold up their newly updated vaccination cards in northern India. Photo credit Alan Janssen, MSPH, Health Communication Specialist (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

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Global Health Key Note Speaker

Justice Nyigmah Bawole, PhD

Listen to and view the lecture:

Our Globe, Our Profession, and Our Influence: Paradoxes of Advances and Global Health Inequities

Dr. Bawole is Associate Professor and Head of The Department for Public Administration and Health Services Management at the University of Ghana Business School.

In the News

GVNow News

Middle school students get hands-on experience exploring health careers

July 25, 2019

Shape Camp explores physical therapy, sonography, nursing, athletic training and more. 

Faculty and staff sketches

July 19, 2019

The Master of Public Health Program received accreditation from CEPH.

Physician assistant graduates stay in northern Michigan to work

July 09, 2019

The satellite program was established four years ago to help fill a provider need in rural areas.

Alumna flies to U.P. islands for work

April 02, 2019

Occupational therapist Stephanie Vaughn hops a plane to Mackinac Island to work with students.

Early college program will host open house Saturday

March 08, 2019

High school students can earn up to seven college credit at no charge to their families.

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GV Magazine

More than a diagnosis: Health professions students adopt visual thinking strategies to be more mindful with patients

May 10, 2019

Story by Matthew Makowski -- Students majoring in Grand Valley's health professions are fine tuning their visual training and communication skills by examining art. Honing that attention to detail will help them truly see their future patients.

Eat Better, Move More, Smile Often

May 01, 2019

Story by Dottie Barnes / Photo by Amanda Pitts -- Wellness camp targets data-driven needs.

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‘Floating Bed,’ in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences

Photo by Elizabeth Lienau -- Alexa Miller stands next to a painting, ‘Floating Bed,’ in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and asks nursing, health professions and art students to discuss what they see.


GVSU Campus in Traverse City encourages students to stay in northern Michigan

July 31, 2019

Four years ago, Grand Valley State University expanded its Physician Assistant Studies program to Traverse City. The goal is to encourage students to practice in Northern Michigan after they graduate.

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