Public Health Core
Rebecca Pearson, PhD, MPH
The public health profession focuses on preventing disease, addressing inequities and developing policies and programs that help communities achieve optimal health and well being. Our program aims to educate and empower the emerging generation of public health leaders. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares students for graduate work or careers in the field and exposes them to evidence-based research and practice experiences. Public health majors will complete the core coursework and select a specialization in wither Population Health or Pre-Nursing. All majors are also required to complete a 400-hour internship experience.
Public Health Major
Admission to the Public Health major requires a minimum cumulative CWU/combined GPA of 2.5; students who do not meet the GPA requirement or other pre-admission requirements may apply for admission on a provisional basis. Students wishing to enroll in the major must first meet with the program director.
Additional Graduation Requirements
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Public Health must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Special requirements other than departmental:
ENG 101 and ENG 102 must be completed prior to enrollment in HED 240. Majors must earn a C or higher in HED 230 and HED 240 in order to enroll in most other required core courses. HED 375 may be taken concurrently with HED 230.
Public Health Core Requirements
The pre-nursing specialization allows future professionals to enter nursing school with a solid background in public health theory and practice. CWU does not offer a degree program in nursing, but offers prerequisite courses suited for admission to professional nursing programs available across Washington.
IMPORTANT: Students MUST take responsibility for understanding current requirements of their chosen nursing program before applying to it. It is recommended and expected that students considering nursing careers will contact advisors at nursing programs of interest, and ensure their own readiness for admission. Please note that CHEM 111 and CHEM 111LAB are pre-requisites for CHEM 112; students must seek information from specific departments regarding scheduling of these and other science courses. Note too that PSY 101 is a prerequisite for PSY 313; students pursuing the pre-nursing specialization are responsible for understanding requirements for enrollment in specific courses. Students choosing the pre-nursing specialization should take CHEM 111 and CHEM 111LAB at their earliest opportunity; additionally, students choosing the pre-nursing specialization are advised to choose PSY 101 as a general education fulfillment, given that it is a prerequisite for PSY 313.
Specialization Required Courses
Total Required Specialization Credits: 49
Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies Department Information
College of Education and Professional Studies
Dorothy Purser Hall, room 101
Mail Stop 7572
See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Heidi Henschel-Pellett, EdD
Heidi Henschel Pellett, EdD, physical education, pedagogy
Kirk Mathias, EdD, physical education, pedagogy
Melody Madlem, EdD, public health
Henry Williams, EdD, school administration
Rebecca Pearson, PhD, MPH, public health
Mark Perez, PhD, school health, pedagogy
P. Stefan Ward, PhD, physical education, pedagogy
Therese Young, MA, dance, physical education
Don Wattam, EdD, school administration
Tishra Beeson, PhD, MPH, public health
Jill Hoxmeier, PhD, MPH, CHES, public health
Casey Mace, PhD, MPH, public health
Brian McGladrey, PhD, CSCS, athletic administration
Erica Pratt, PhD, physical education, pedagogy
Michelle Thornton, PhD, physical education, pedagogy
Rory Weishaar, EdD, athletic administration
Kristine Espinoza, MS, health education, pedagogy
Gabrielle McNeillie, MFA, dance
Joy Chrismer, NPAV building and equipment coordinator
Debra D’Acquisto, activity program coordinator
Marni Fox, program support supervisor II
Peter Malath, program assistant
Debbie Nethery, aquatic center manager
The mission of the Department of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies (HEAMS) is to promote health and active lifestyles. The vision of the department is to create highly recognized and respected academic programs in which students gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in their profession. This mission and vision and the following core values help to guide program decisions within the department:
- Professional environment based on ethical behavior, respect, and integrity
- Quality of life through health promotion, healthy communities, and active lifestyles
- Student focused learning environment based on respect, relevance, and rigor
- Social justice and diversity
Proudly, graduates of each major program in the department are highly qualified to enter careers in physical education and school health or public health.
College of Education and Professional Studies Information
Administration and Organization
Paul Ballard, (Black Hall, room 228)
Ethan Bergman, PhD RDN (Black Hall, room 228)
VACANT (Black Hall, room 228)
Mail Stop 7415
The mission of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is to prepare competent, enlightened citizens who will enhance their respective professions, commit themselves to socially responsible leadership, and help develop the global economy in a spirit of cooperation. Each academic unit of the college has developed specific goals to address this mission.
Graduates of the College of Education and Professional Studies programs are Professionally Prepared and Profession Ready, or P3R. Graduates enter the job force right after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on their profession.
The Education programs at CWU are all about preparing students to enter the greatest profession in the world….Teaching! Our Education programs approach learning in a supportive and positive environment where students and staff share responsibility for knowledge, and where students and staff value working and learning together. Graduates enter their teaching positions after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on the students they teach.
CEPS facilitates communication between and among the respective disciplines that contribute to the preparation of educators, including teachers, school administrators, and school psychologists. Supporting the mission, purpose, and governance structure of CEPS is the constructivist philosophy-a belief that knowledge is actively created by learners and made meaningful when learners relate new information to prior knowledge.
The Teacher Preparation Program is administered through CEPS. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Teacher Preparation Program. Students must apply to the Teacher Preparation Program and meet specific application criteria before being admitted. For more information about the Teacher Certification process, link to www.cwu.edu/teacher-certification/.
The Professional Studies at Central Washington University strives to deliver innovative applied science and technology programs that develop competent globally responsible citizens who contribute to their respective professions. The vision of Professional Studies at CWU is to be recognized as a premier learning community dedicated to providing relevant and authentic learning experiences.
College of Education and Professional Studies programs value:
- Excellence in teaching
- A rigorous academic and learning environment
- The preparation of students for successful careers
- Accreditation and industry standards
- Applied research
- Creative, diverse and innovative ideas
- Open, collaborative environments
- Partnerships with external constituents
- The use of current technology
- Professionalism, integrity, and responsible citizenship
- Life balance
For more information about the Departments and Programs, go to the departments listed below.
The Department of Aerospace Students (AFROTC). CWU’s Air Force ROTC detachment is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates with a mission of developing quality leaders for the Air Force.
The Department of Aviation is a regional leader in professional aviation education, attracting individuals with a passion for the combined art and science of flight. Established in 1975, it is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. The Department offers B.S. degrees in Aviation Management and Professional Pilot and has a stellar reputation for preparing students for the demands of the industry.
The Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum houses the Professional Education Program (PEP), Field Experiences, Instructional Foundations undergraduate degree, and Master Teacher Graduate Program.
The Department of Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction Management offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Construction Management, Safety and Health Management, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Technology Education. The department also offers a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Technology.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers degree programs in: Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising; Business and Marketing Education; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Family Studies; Global Wine Studies; and Recreation, Tourism and Event Management. The department offers a graduate Master of Science with specializations in Family Studies and Career and Technical Education, and is the home of the International Sustainable Development Institute.
The Department of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies. Graduates in this department are prepared to enter careers as physical education and school health teachers or in a wide variety of public health/community settings. They also have master level degrees in School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Higher Education, Health, and Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Administration.
The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) offers high demand undergraduate and graduate programs blending technical skills with soft skills in the areas of Administrative Management, Information Technology, Web and Database Management, Retail Management Technology, Network Management, Project Management, and Cybersecurity. Degree programs are offered on campus, hybrid, 100% online, and self-paced competency based. Find out more: www.cwu.edu/it-management
The Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education (LLSE) offers programs for teacher candidates interested in developing educational pK-12 specialties in Bilingual Education/Teaching English as a Second Language; Literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); and Special Education. Each program leads to an endorsement for the Washington State teaching certificate.
The Department of Military Science (AROTC) houses the Army ROTC program at CWU. The mission of the Wildcat Battalion is to recruit, educate, coach, mentor and commission outstanding scholars, athletes and leaders inspired for service in our nation’s Army.
The Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences prepares students in a variety of professions that focus on the physical and functional abilities of humans including clinical physiology, exercise science, nutrition and dietetics, and paramedicine.
The Department of Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children (TEACH) is committed to ensuring graduates are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning who demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to educate and work within a diverse school population.
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC): Richard Warr, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Peterson Hall, room 203)
Aviation: Sundaram Nataraja, PhD (Black Hall, room 225-1)
Educational Foundations and Curriculum: Ian Loverro, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)
Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction: Lad Holden, Master of Technology (Hogue Hall, room 107)
Family and Consumer Sciences: Rob Perkins, EdD and Duane Dowd, PhD (Michaelsen Hall, room 100)
Health, Educational Administration, and Movement Studies: Heidi Henschel-Pellett, EdD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Information Technology and Administrative Management: Robert Lupton, PhD (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 203)
Language, Literacy, and Special Education: Janet Finke, PhD (Black Hall, room 204-6)
Military Science (AROTC): Jonathan Ackiss, Lt. Colonel (Peterson Hall, room 202G)
Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences: Keith Monosky, PhD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children: Keith Salyer, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)