Effective August 6, 2021, the Master of Public Health program is now part of the newly established School of Interdisciplinary Health (SIH), within the College of Health Professions. The School combines three existing departments into one unit: Departments of Allied Health Sciences, Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences, and Public Health. SIH currently houses 4 existing masters programs and 9 undergraduate programs and is led by Dr. Randy Wyble, School Director.


Welcome to the School of Interdisciplinary Health's Public Health program 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

Application Information

We're Growing!

We're Growing!

Welcome to Public Health, now within the new School of Interdisciplinary Health. We offer new and emerging programs at GVSU that will continue to expand in the coming years.

GVSU undergraduate students who want to learn more about public health can take PH 222 - Public Health Concepts (3 credits). PH 222 is offered every semester and taught by our MPH Faculty.

Program News for Public Health

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

Prospective applicants/students are strongly encouraged to attend in MPH Information Event. 

Attend an MPH Information Event

Beginning Fall 2021, qualified undergraduates may be admitted and obtain both the B.S. in allied health sciences (AHS) and MPH within an accelerated time frame. Learn more about the Combined AHS/MPH degree. Beginning Fall 2022, a similar combined degree option is available for students in Exercise Science.

Our new online format option, the M.P.H. Hybrid Program, launched in Fall 2020. See the announcement below

NMU & LSSU students now have an opportunity for direct admittance into the GVSU MPH program. Contact us to learn more!

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

  • Priority Admission application deadline: November 1
  • Priority Admission decisions are announced by early December
  • Regular Application deadline: March 1
  • Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply to the GVSU Master of Public Health program today! 

Public Health Program News

Direct Admission available for LSSU Students

We are thrilled to officially announce a new partnership between GVSU's Master of Public Health program and Lake Superior State University! Students in LSSU's College of Health and Behavior will now have the opportunity to be directly admitted into our MPH program. This is the second such MPH admissions partnership, following an agreement finalized in 2021 with Northern Michigan University. Read more about the partnership agreement on GVNext.

Students and faculty from GVSU's Master of Public Health teamed up with Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Future program to bring dental hygiene and health education to elementary students in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Read the GVNext story to learn more: https://www.gvsu.edu/gvnext/2022/public-health-students-faculty-help-bring-smiles-to-grand-rapids-schools.htm

Beginning Fall 2022! Undergraduate students in GVSU's Exercise Science (EXS) can apply in the fall of their junior year (after the completion of 55+ credit hours) for the Combined EXS (B.S.) + Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program. Interested students should contact the College of Health Professions Student Services Office and/or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend an MPH Information Event.

Beginning Fall 2021! Undergraduate students in GVSU's Allied Health Sciences (AHS) can apply in the fall of their junior year (after the completion of 55+ credit hours) for the Combined AHS (B.S.) + Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program. Interested students should contact the College of Health Professions Student Services Office and attend an MPH Information Event.

We are thrilled to officially announce a new partnership between GVSU's Master of Public Health program and Northern Michigan University! Students in NMU's School of Health and Human Performance will now have the opportunity to be directly admitted into our MPH program. Read more about the new articulation agreement here.

Applicants are now able to 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 nontraditional student wishing to pursue an MPH degree with either an Epidemiology or a Health Promotion emphasis. Hybrid courses meet only one weekend (Saturday, or Friday night + Saturday) each semester 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!

Attend an MPH Information Event

(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 ([email protected])

Learn more about our program's CEPH Accreditation.

“I love Public Health because it gives me the opportunity to improve people's quality of life by working to promote and protect people's health.”

Poshita Nigam

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