Public Health

  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at Grand Valley State University prepares students by enhancing career opportunities through the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative problem solving research skills, service, and experiential learning.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Public health professionals promote good health and prevent disease within communities. The M.P.H provides graduate and community-based education and research grounded in social justice to help meet these goals.


Upon completion of the 60-63 hour, five semester M.P.H. program, graduates will be qualified to earn voluntary professional certification by taking the National Board of Public Health Examiners Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam. Students choose one of three emphasis areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health administration
  • Health promotion

Career Options

The program addresses multiple complex public health problems including those found in health care services, epidemiology, and community health and promotion. Public health workers are in high demand in Michigan and across the country and have a wide range of career options that include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Government agencies
  • Health advocacy and public policy
  • Health education
  • Health management
  • Research

Why Study Public Health at Grand Valley?

  • Experience based. Includes field experience in public health practice, optional global learning in public health, and practicum placements within the community. Didactic learning is paired with clinical experiences throughout the curriculum.
  • In demand profession. By 2018, public health employment is expected to grow 18 percent nationally and by 12 percent in Michigan.
  • Geographically desirable location. Close proximity to, and articulation agreements with, a variety of clinical settings ensure more effective student learning.
  • Convenient. Courses are offered at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • Flexible. Available to full or part-time students. Many classes are offered in late afternoon or early evening to accommodate working professionals.

For More Information

College of Health Professions
Department of Public Health
Master of Public Health Program

(616) 331-5570
National Professional Organization

State Professional Organization

Admissions Office

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