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

Learn more about the graduate admission requirements and the application process for Public Health, M.P.H.

Attend an MPH Information Event.

Our new M.P.H. Hybrid Program has launched with our Fall 2020 cohort. See the announcement below

MPH Information Events
MPH Information Events

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.

Attend an MPH Information Event

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

Find more information about tuition rates here.

Important Dates

Applications for the Master of Public Health program are being accepted for Fall 2021.

Priority Admission application deadline - November 1, 2020

Application deadline - March 1, 2021

Applications received after 3/1/21 will be considered for rolling admissions.

Apply to the GVSU Master of Public Health program today! 

“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!”

Kate Donaldson

MPH Program News

Introducing the MPH Hybrid Program!

Applicants for Fall 2020 selected 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 nontraditional student wishing to pursue an MPH degree with either an Epidemiology or a Health Promotion emphasis. Students in the hybrid cohort meet only one Saturday each semester, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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).

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

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 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.

The Dimensions of Wellness and the Impact of COVID-19 among GVSU Students


Check back to see the complete report on our Summer 2020 study: The Dimensions of Wellness and the Impact of COVID-19 among GVSU Students.