University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. For those whose native language is NOT English, either the Official TOEFL or IELTS score report. Only original score reports will be accepted.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University requirements of admission, all students seeking a degree for the Master of Public Health (MPH) must also meet the following requirements: 

  1. Grade point average of 3.0 (B) from all undergraduate coursework 
  2. Recommendations: Two recommendations received. You can provide the emails of three references in your account at, and they will be sent a link to fill out for their online recommendation

Please note: There are NO undergraduate program or course pre-requisites—students may come from any undergraduate background, although Allied Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Sociology and Psychology are popular majors.

MPH Essay/Personal Statement

All applicants must provide a written statement that addresses both of the following questions. The overall response should not exceed two, double-spaced pages (maximum).

  1. What would make you an excellent candidate for the Grand Valley State University MPH program?

  2. What are your expectations for a future career in Public Health (highlighting your emphasis area of interest)?


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ranelle Brew , or Darlene Zwart



Page last modified September 24, 2014