Mission Statement


The Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University will provide a collaborative and integrated approach to improving population health and healthcare. An interdisciplinary focused faculty will provide educational experiences for students that are relevant to contemporary health issues. The department will support an environment that enhances the preparation of competent leaders and allow for local, national, and international partnerships that will enhance a student's knowledge of health care issues and its focus on vulnerable populations.


Use collaborative partnerships to meet diverse community health needs through educating future leaders, and promoting social justice and excellence in practice.


Values that support the Public Health department align with the University and College of Health Professions strategic goals:


  • Inclusiveness
  • Social justice
  • Competence-based learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice
  • Life-long learning
  • Collaboration and collegiality
  • Professional and ethical behavior
  • Cultural competency
  • Communication
  • Leadership and systems thinking
  • Interprofessional practice