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 one of our upcoming information sessions!

No registration is required. For more information, please contact us at 616-331-5570.

  • Monday, Oct. 22 – 12pm – Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS), room 140
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 – 10am – Allendale Kirkhof Center (KC), room 1142

Campus maps and directions...

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

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 – 1pm – Webinar

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.

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!

(8/31/18) As part of the CEPH accreditation review process, we invite our stakeholders to provide input into the deliberations of the site team visit, scheduled for December 3, 2018. Students, faculty, alumni, preceptors, employers of our graduates, advisory board members, community partners, and even members of the general public have the opportunity to submit written comments about the Grand Valley State University MPH program, such as the program's practices, policies, operations, quality, etc., directly to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), until 30 days before the site team's visit. Therefore, comments will be accepted by CEPH until November 3, 2018, and should be submitted directly to:

Alexandra DiOrio, MPH
Accreditation Specialist
Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Important Dates

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

Rolling admissions begin November 1, 2018

Application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Apply today! 

Public Health is a Certified Healthy Department - Again!

Public Health recently received its third 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 departments earned the certified health designation for 2017. We are proud to be a part of this valuable program!

Read more about GVSU's Certified Healthy Department program.

Page last modified October 1, 2018