Aug 12, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences Department

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College of Education and Professional Studies
Dorothy Purser Hall., room 101
Mail Stop 7571
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Faculty and Staff

Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RDN, CD, FADA, FAND

Clinical Physiology Program Director
Vincent M. Nethery, PhD

Emergency Medical Services- EMS Paramedicine Program Director
Douglas Presta DPM, NR-Paramedic

Exercise Science Program Director
Timothy R. Burnham, PhD

Food and Nutrition Sciences Program Directors
David L. Gee, PhD, graduate program director
Dana Ogan, MS, RDN, CD, undergraduate program director

IHP Graduate Program Director
Karen Roemer, PhD

Medical Director
Kenneth Lindsey

Public Health Directors
Tishra Beeson, PhD, MHP
Casey Mace-Firebaugh, PhD, MPH, CHES

Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RDN, CD, FADA, FAND, nutrition and dietetics
Timothy R. Burnham, PhD, clinical physiology, sport physiology, human anatomy
Leonardo J. D’Acquisto, EdD, sport physiology, kinesiology, human anatomy
David L. Gee, PhD, nutrition and metabolism, nutrition and chronic diseases, nutritional epidemiology
Susan Hawk, PhD, RDN, dietetics, clinical nutrition
Melody Madlem, PhD, public health
Vincent M. Nethery, PhD, clinical physiology, sport physiology, environmental physiology, human anatomy

Associate Professors

Tishra Beeson, PhD, MPH, public health; director face-to-face public health programs
Jill Hoxmeier, PhD, public health
Casey Mace-Firebaugh, PhD, MPH, CHES, public health; director online and centers public health programs
Dana Ogan, MS, RDN, CD, dietetic internship director
Rebecca Pearson, PhD, MPH, public health
Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RDN, sports nutrition
Robert Pritchett, PhD
Karen Roemer, PhD, biomechanics, clinical mechanics, kinematics and kinetics; director integrative human physiology program
Nicole Stendell-Hollis, PhD, MS, RDN, obesity, nutrition and chronic disease

Assistant Professors

Tefare Belay, PhD, nutrition
Jared M. Dickenson, PhD, clinical physiology
Eric Foch, PhD, biomechanics, clinical mechanics, kinematics and kinetics
Douglas Presta, DPM, NR-Paramedic


Steve Chrisman, paramedicine
Hilllary Conner, exercise science
Ryan Gallindo, exercise science
Katarina Mucha, PhD, MPH, public health
James Pierce, paramedicine
Davi Van Winkle, paramedicine
Bryson Williams, paramedicine
Amie Wojtyna, PhD, MPH, public health


Jan Clark, secretary supervisor
Bryan Contreras, MS, instructional classroom support technician- clinical physiology and exercise science
Lucinda Engel, instructional classroom support technician- food science
Katrina Wright, office assistant

Department Information
The graduate programs in Health Sciences are designed to provide knowledge and expertise for students intending to pursue higher-level graduate study in doctoral or professional programs, seeking a terminal degree for entry-level positions in a variety of private and public settings, as well as for positions at community colleges and other tertiary levels. Human functioning is the overriding theme of all curricula offerings. The master of science degrees offered by HS require completion of a minimum of 45 credits as outlined in an approved course of study filed with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. The course of study is structured in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and is approved by the department graduate program director. The specifics on the course of study depend on the degree program, and include both required and department-approved elective courses.

Applicants must first meet the general requirements for graduate study as determined by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and then the specific requirements of their selected program within the Department of Health Sciences (see individual programs). Conditional or probationary admission may be granted in certain circumstances.

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to:

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: or by contacting the department directly.


    Certificate DMaster of Science (M.S.)Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)


      History (HIST)Integrated Human Physiology (IHP)Nutrition (NUTR)Public Health (PUBH)

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