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Grand Valley State University    
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 22, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Public Health

M.P.H. Curriculum

Core Courses: (33 credits)

(3) Tracks Options - Choose One

1. Epidemiology: (21 credits)

  • PH 600 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Public Health Credits: 3
  • PH 604 - Epidemiology Across the Lifespan: Women and Children Credits: 3
  • PH 606 - Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology Credits: 3
  • PH 608 - Infectious Disease Epidemiology Credits: 3
  • PH 610 - Cancer Epidemiology Credits: 3
  • PH 612 - Public Health Genetics Credits: 3
  • PH 602 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology Credits: 3

2. Health Promotion: (21 credits)

  • PH 620 - Health Education Credits: 3
  • PH 622 - Health Behavior and Promotion Credits: 3
  • PH 624 - Health Communication Credits: 3
  • PH 626 - Health Advocacy and Literacy Credits: 3
  • PH 628 - Health Program Evaluation Credits: 3
  • PH 630 - Health and disease disparities in diverse communities Credits: 3
  • PH 632 - Social Marketing Credits: 3

3. Public Health Administration: (21 credits)

Explanation of the Emphasis Options:


Epidemiology is the science that describes quantitative trends in health and disease for populations, with application in the biological, environmental, behavioral, and social sciences. Epidemiologists generally collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of health professionals, such as physicians, laboratory scientists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, statisticians, veterinarians, and behavioral scientists.

Epidemiologists analyze public health trends, design and implement studies, and interpret study results for policy and program development. Beyond investigation into the causes of disease, epidemiologists also develop intervention strategies to prevent disease and promote health. Epidemiologists work at both the individual and community levels to translate medical and laboratory data into population trends.

Health Promotion

The health promotion emphasis is to prepare students to be public health leaders who can design, implement, advocate for, and evaluate efforts to promote healthy behaviors and social conditions for specific populations. The program prepares students to use social science theories and individual, community, and policy-based intervention strategies.

Health Administration

The health administration emphasis will prepare M.P.H. candidates with administrative positions in public health organizations at the local, state, federal, and international level in planning agencies, voluntary health organizations, mental health agencies, human services organizations, long-term care agencies, international health organizations, managed care plans, community clinics, and alternative health care delivery settings.

Graduates share a strong commitment to preventing disease, promoting health, and serving defined populations.