Welcome to the Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University. Public Health professionals promote good health and prevent disease within communities. Grand Valley prepares students through our new and emerging programs, and uses collaborative partnerships to meet diverse community health needs through educating future leaders, and promoting social justice and excellence in practice.

Academic Programs

Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall

Application Information


We're Growing!

We're Growing!

Welcome to the Department of Public Health. We offer new and emerging programs at GVSU that will continue to expand in the coming years.

Program News for Public Health

Visit this page for more information about the graduate admission requirements and the application process for Public Health, M.P.H.

Attend an MPH Information event or Webinar to learn more about the MPH program.

The Department of Public Health is pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Sarah Nechuta!

Coming in 2020! Our new M.P.H. Hybrid Program is launching with a Fall 2020 cohort. See the announcement below

Introducing the Master of Public Health Hybrid Program!

Applicants for Fall 2020 will now select from one of two program format options: Traditional (In-Seat) Program or Hybrid Program.

The hybrid program is designed primarily for the adult learner and non-traditional student wishing to pursue an MPH degree in Health Promotion. Classes meet one weekend each month on Friday evenings from 5:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-5:00pm, at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than 50% of each course content is presented online. The hybrid format provides the same high-quality, graduate education as the traditional MPH program and is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Hybrid students traveling to Grand Rapids each month will find several lodging, restaurant, and free or inexpensive transportation options convenient to our location near the Medical Mile. Grand Rapids is within a few hours drive from several cities, including Detroit, Toledo, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Chicago. Grand Rapids is also easily accessible via air service to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Amtrak rail service, and the Greyhound bus. Learn more about traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Learn more about the MPH Hybrid Program, or our Traditional MPH Program, by joining one of our Online MPH Information Session (webinar) or attending an MPH Open House!

Learn how & why you should earn your MPH at GVSU!

Learn how & why you should earn your MPH at GVSU!

We invite you to attend one of our many information events - choose the format and date which works best for you!  We offer several different types of engagement - both on campus and off campus, in-person and remotely.

Important Dates

Applications for the Master of Public Health program are being accepted for Fall 2020.

Rolling Admissions begin November 1, 2019.

Application deadline is March 1, 2020.

Apply to the GVSU Master of Public Health program today! 

DID YOU KNOW? GVSU does not charge out-of-state tuition for Graduate students!

Find more information about tuition rates here.

Accreditation News!

(7/1/19)  The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors acted at its June 13-15, 2019 meeting to accredit the Master of Public Health program at GVSU for a five-year term. Based on CEPH procedures and the documentation submitted, the program's initial accreditation date is recorded as June 18, 2016. The accreditation term extends until July 1, 2024, pending the program's continued documentation of compliance through a spring 2020 interim report, annual reporting, and any other reporting required by the Council. The official accreditation report and final self-study are available upon request; to obtain copies, please contact our program director, Dr. Ranelle Brew (brewr@gvsu.edu)

Learn more about our program's CEPH Accreditation.

Public Health is a Certified Healthy Department - Again!

Public Health recently received its fifth consecutive recognition as a "Certified Healthy Department" by the GVSU Health and Wellness team! Grand Valley aims to be the Healthiest Campus in Michigan, and one way they encourage us to embrace and support a culture of health and wellness is through the Certified Health Department Program. Twenty-three departments earned the certified health designation for 2019. We are proud to be a part of this valuable program!

Read more about GVSU's Certified Healthy Department program.