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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate 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
Steve Chrisman, MS, EMT-P

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 Department of Health Sciences prepares students in a variety of professions that focus on the physical and functional abilities of humans. Human functioning is the overriding theme of all curricula offerings. In addition to didactic aspects, many classes provide experiential learning through structured laboratories, practicums, and internships. All programs provide opportunities to interact with faculty and to participate in both undergraduate and graduate research.

Health Sciences offers the following undergraduate degrees:
Bachelor of Science: Clinical Physiology
Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science: FSN-Dietetics Specialization
Bachelor of Science: FSN-Foods and Nutrition Specialization
Bachelor of Science: Paramedicine
Public Health Major - Community Health Specialization
Public Health Major - Pre-nursing in Public Health Specialization
Public Health - Community Health Education Minor

Health Sciences offers the following supporting minors:
Exercise Science
Athletic Training
Food Service Management

Health Sciences offers the following certificate programs:
Emergency Medical Technician
Dietetic Internship (Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Health Sciences offers the following graduate degrees - (For details: See Graduate Studies and Research section)
Master of Science: Exercise Science
Master of Science: Nutrition

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to a major or minor, all students must:

  • Meet with an advisor in the specific program of interest. Because of the variety of options and the pre-admission requirements of programs, it is advisable to meet with an advisor early to plan the program schedule and to facilitate timely graduation.
  • Complete specific pre-admission requirements (see individual programs).
  • Complete and file a major application with the department office, signed by the academic advisor and the program director. Application forms can be obtained from the advisor or the department office.
  • Complete and file with the department office, a program of study that lists the required and elective courses necessary for program completion. Course of study forms can be obtained from the academic advisor.

Student Scholarly Activities:
The department is student oriented and all programs provide a wide range of laboratory and field experiences as part of specific degree requirements and degree options. Students who engage early in optional learning experiences gain a better understanding of their profession, are more competitive in the job market, and increase their chances for graduate school admission.

Student Organizations:
Exercise Science Club: All EXSC students are required to join the EXSC Club. This student-run organization meets regularly to discuss academic planning and career opportunities, performs service activities, and plans recreational outings.

Nutrition Science Club: The NSC provides opportunities for students to use their knowledge and skills in performing service activities, learn about career opportunities, discuss academic planning, and engage in recreational activities.

EMT Club: The EMT Club is a student organization that is purposed to provide basic life support services to on-campus activities as a means of first-line-response. The EMT Club is comprised of current students that are certified emergency medical technicians. The EMT Club is supervised by a faculty member of the Paramedic Program and is provided the necessary emergency medical equipment and continuing education to provide essential emergency medical services.

Additional fees are assessed for many of the department’s laboratory and field experience courses. These fees are used to partially support materials purchased and transportation costs.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the university and of the specific degree program of study.
  • Application for the bachelor’s degree must be filed by the second Friday of the quarter preceding the quarter in which the degree is to be received. Instructions and deadlines are available through Registrar Services.

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/health-science or by contacting the department directly.


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