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.

The Department of Public Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Julia VanderMolen!

Did You Know?

GVSU no longer charges out-of-state tuition for Graduate students!

Interested in Learning More About the MPH program?

Join the Director of the MPH program, Dr. Ranelle Brew, to learn how and why you should earn your Master of Public Health at Grand Valley State University.

We invite you to attend an upcoming Information Event:

1)  Attend an MPH OPEN HOUSE session - no RSVP needed:

  • ALLENDALE - Tuesday, March 12 - 9am in the Kirkhof Center (Allendale Campus - KC 1104)
  • DETROIT - Saturday, March 30 - 10am at the GVSU Detroit Center (map)

2)  Attend our MPH Weekend OPEN HOUSE + TOUR - Tour the new Raleigh J. Finkelstein Building, including our Public Health offices, classrooms, study spaces, and more.

  • Date TBA

3)  Prospective national and international applicants can join us for an interactive Online MPH Information Session with Dr. Ranelle Brew.

  • Tuesday, April 2 - 12pm (Pre-registration for the online session is required) Register here.
  • Monday, April 22 - 12pm (Pre-registration for the online session is required) Register here.

Registrants will receive an email link/login approximately 1-2 business days prior to the online session. Use of Google Chrome is required for the session, but sessions are accessible using your desktop, laptop, notebook/tablet, and smartphone. Please note: the MPH degree program is not an online program.

Campus maps and directions..


Accreditation News!

(6/21/16)  The governing body for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the nationally recognized accrediting body for programs in public health, has granted candidacy status for the GVSU Public Health program (MPH). This is the initial accreditation category for public health programs. CEPH's procedures provide that the Department of Public Health has up to two years to undertake a self-study and submit a self-study document. An on-site visit by a team of peer reviewers will follow the self-study submission. We are excited to be undertaking this next step in the process for full CEPH accreditation!

(6/15/18)  Our Self-Study document has officially been submitted to the CEPH reviewers! In two month's time we will receive comments from their review of the document. The site visit will occur before the end of the year!

(12/5/18)  The CEPH Site Visit Team has concluded! The team will draft a report over the coming months, which will be forwarded to us for review and for which we can craft a written response to its conclusions. The report and our response will then go to the CEPH Board for a decision; the board's final decision will be communicated to us in summer, 2019.


Important Dates

Applications for the Master of Public Health program are being accepted for Fall 2019

Rolling admissions begin November 1, 2018

The application deadline has been extended! Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis, for a limited time.

Apply today! 

Public Health is a Certified Healthy Department - Again!

Public Health recently received its fourth 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-one departments earned the certified health designation for 2018. We are proud to be a part of this valuable program!

Read more about GVSU's Certified Healthy Department program.

Page last modified March 19, 2019