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Strategic Plan for Public Health

Context For Planning

The Department of Public Health was created in the Fall of 2013. At that time there was one program in the department (MPH). In July 2015 the GVSU BOT approved a MS in Clinical Dietetics which is also housed in the department and that program was later moved out (2017). As of Fall 2018 seven faculty exist in the department. The long-term plans for this department include the development and implementation of a hybrid weekend program. Due to the current and predicted growth of public health, the department's focus on curriculum development, innovative methods of course delivery, student and faculty engagement, diversifying faculty, staff, and student recruitment, and increasing the visibility of the public health department to prospective students and community partners and stakeholders. 

Mission

To transform students into public health leaders through application of practice-based skills.


Vision

Advancing health by empowering future leaders, enhancing preventive practices, and promoting social justice.

Value Statement


community engagement
interprofessional practice
professional and ethical behavior
cultural humility and inclusiveness
excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

95% of graduate students participate in two or more high-impact learning experiences.

Baseline

90% of graduate student participate in two or more high-impact learning experiences.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
100% of students are participating in high-impact learning experiences in line with our CEPH accreditation standards.

2018 Status
Achieved
100% of students are participating in high-impact learning experiences in line with our CEPH accreditation standards.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase diversity of faculty, students, and staff to 15%.

Baseline

In the department, 5% of our students, faculty, and staff are from under-represented groups.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
A total of 38 students were recruited for the Fall 2019 cohort with a self-reported (10) 27% of non-white status for students. The current total of faculty members is 7 FTE with a self-reported 29% of non-white status for faculty. One new faculty person was hired in 2019.

2018 Status
Achieved
Total of 44 students were recruited for the Fall 2018 cohort with a self-reported (10) 23% of non-white status for students. The current total of faculty members is 7 FTE with a self-reported 29% of non-white status for faculty. No new faculty were hired in 2018.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

The department will develop and implement an advisory board made up of preceptors, community leaders, and alumni. Meeting will be bi-annually based on CEPH accreditation requirements.

Baseline

Not currently in existence

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
Stakeholders have previously been identified and requested for participation on the MPH advisory board. Two meetings held in 2019 (February 2019 and August 2019).

2018 Status
Achieved
Stakeholders were identified and requested for participation on the MPH advisory board. Two meetings held in 2018 (February 2018 and August 2018).

Objective 1.C.2

To increase community partnerships and collaborations in practicums by 5%.

Baseline

Currently we have approximately 100 practicum placement organizations.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
Based on the ongoing conversion of affiliation agreements to university level affiliation agreements (UA's) the total number of practicum sites available for public health in 2019, is now over 1,000 (representing over 70% of all active agreements at GVSU). Additionally, new practicum sites established specifically from public health in 2019 is 21.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Based on the new conversion of affiliation agreement's to university level affiliation agreements (UA's) the total number of practicum sites available for public health in 2018, is now 864 (representing all 70% of all active agreements at GVSU). Additionally, new practicum sites established specifically from public health in 2018 is 13.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

MPH program will achieve positive CEPH accreditation review.

Baseline

Zero

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
Public Health received full accreditation status from CEPH in July 2019.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Self study preliminary document completed and sent to assigned committee in June 2018. Comments received back to GVSU by committee in August 2018. Final self study document completed and sent to committee in November 2018.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.1

All faculty will attend four University sponsored faculty development events per year.

Baseline

No current baseline

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
All PH have reported attendance in four university-sponsored faculty development events in 2019. All have met and most exceeded this requirement.

2018 Status
Achieved
All PH have reported attendance in four university sponsored faculty development events in 2018. All have met and most exceeded this requirement.

Objective 2.D.2

One hundred percent of MPH faculty will complete the university endorsement to teach hybrid or online courses and continue to stay up-to-date in technology advancements to enhance teaching.

Baseline

All faculty have taken the certification for on-line teaching. 50% have taken additional offerings in technology.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
All public health faculty have completed training.

2018 Status
Achieved
All public health faculty have completed training.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 3.A.1

To increase academic offerings in the community per University approval: submit Public Health Minor and/or DrPH

Baseline

Prepared Public Health Minor, in several draft formats over the previous 8 years, and submitted/resubmitted. Currently is being revised. Initial DrPH curriculum is written and is holding.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Public Health minor was rewritten and has been updated to align with programmatic, college, and university strategic goals. Awaiting CCC and UCC approval.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Public Health minor is written and has been updated to align with university goals. Awaiting CCC and UCC approval.

Objective 3.A.2

Collaborate with Occupational Therapy program to offer a high impact, service learning international experience, for an interdisciplinary student and faculty group focused on strengths from each discipline including aging in place (OT) and health education and promotion (PH) respectively.

Baseline

Creation of the proposal for the Padnos International Center for review and approval in Winter 2017.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
No IPE trip was planned for 2019 due to lack of resources.

2018 Status
Achieved
PH 660 course - Public Health in the Global Setting is written and going through the university curricular approval process since Fall 2017. Service Learning study abroad program to Ikaria, Greece was successfully implemented in May 2018 with two faculty advisors, four public health students and four occupational sciences therapy students.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 3.E.1

Advocate for resources that would provide higher level writing and qualitative statistical analysis assistance to our graduate students at CHS on a weekly basis.

Baseline

Not available at present

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Continued discussions at the graduate level and with the statistical support center and writing center on ways to encourage students to utilize these resources.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Continued discussions at the graduate level and with the statistical support center and writing center on ways to encourage students to utilize these resources.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

In collaboration with a community partner, 90% of the students will self-select their practicum site based on personal interest, and be highly valued by the preceptor (receiving a 2 or 3) in their final preceptor evaluation of practicum.

Baseline

85% for self-selection of practicum and preceptor ranking of a 2 or 3.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
All public health students meeting programmatic requirements and compliance were placed in practicum sites through self-selection. All public health students in 2019 received the 2 or 3 rankings from their preceptor final evaluation.

2018 Status
Achieved
All public health students meeting programmatic requirements and compliance are placed in practicum sites through self-selection. All public health students in 2018 received the 2 or 3 ranking from their preceptor final evaluation.

Objective 4.A.2

90% of the students will access community and professional co-curricular opportunities while in the program i.e. professional meetings and clubs, community presentations, and volunteer work.

Baseline

50% of the students currently access co-curricular opportunities.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
90+% of students have accessed community and professional co-curricular opportunities.

2018 Status
Achieved
90+% of students have accessed community and professional co-curricular opportunities.

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