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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

2021 Status
Achieved
100% of students are participating in high-impact learning experiences in line with our CEPH accreditation standards.

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

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

2021 Status
Achieved
Stakeholders have previously been identified and requested for participation on the MPH advisory board. Four meetings held in 2020 and 2021 (February 2020, 2021 and August 2020, 2021).

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).

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

2021 Status
Achieved
Public Health received full accreditation status from CEPH in July 2019.

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

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 external and university sponsored faculty development events per year.

Baseline

No current baseline

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
All PH have reported attendance in four university-sponsored faculty development events in 2021. All have met and most exceeded this requirement.

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.

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

2021 Status
Achieved
All public health faculty have completed training.

2019 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 combined degrees with Allied Health Sciences (AHS) and Exercise Science (ExSc) for curricular approval with the college and university.

Baseline

Prepared Public Health/AHS and Public Health/ExSc in several draft formats over the previous 2 years, and submitted/resubmitted.

Progress

2021 Status
Substantial Progress
Public Health combined degrees with Allied Health Sciences (AHS) and Exercise Science (ExSc) were submitted. Allied Health Scienes was approved and recruitment began for Fall 2020. Public Health and Exercise Science is still going through the approval stages.

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Public Health minor was rewritten again in 2019 and has been updated to align with current programmatic, college, and university strategic goals. The minor did not receive UCC approval based on new university goals and is being revised again. Combined degrees with Allied Health Sciences (AHS) and Exercise Science (ExSc) were also submitted.

Objective 3.A.2

Public Health program to offer a high impact, service-learning international experience, for an interdisciplinary student and faculty group focused on strengths from the discipline.

Baseline

Creation of the proposal for the Padnos International Center for review and approval in Winter 2022.

Progress

2021 Status
Minimal Progress
No international service-learning trip was planned for 2021 due to COVID-19 impacts on travel and lack of budgetary resources.

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

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

2021 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.

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.

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

2021 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's final evaluation.

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.

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

2021 Status
Achieved
90+% of students have accessed community and professional co-curricular opportunities.

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

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