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!
To prepare exceptional professionals who will impact the health and well-being of the larger community.
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.
- 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...
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.
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).
Justice Nyigmah Bawole, PhD
Listen to and view the lecture:
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
July 25, 2019
Shape Camp explores physical therapy, sonography, nursing, athletic training and more.
July 19, 2019
The Master of Public Health Program received accreditation from CEPH.
July 09, 2019
The satellite program was established four years ago to help fill a provider need in rural areas.
April 02, 2019
Occupational therapist Stephanie Vaughn hops a plane to Mackinac Island to work with students.
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.
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.
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.