Jun 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences Department

College of Education and Professional Studies
Health Sciences, room 205
Mail Stop 7571
    See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Tishra Beeson, DrPH, MPH

Program Directors
Timothy R. Burnham, PhD, exercise science
Jared M. Dickenson, PhD, FACSM, clinical physiology
Melody Madlem, PhD, MSEd, public health
Douglas Presta, DPM, NR-Paramedic, emergency medical services paramedicine
Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RDN, CSSD, food and nutrition sciences, graduate program
Karen Roemer, PhD, integrative human physiology
Mitchell Russell, PM, SEIC, emergency medical services paramedicine
Nicole Stendell-Hollis, PhD, RDN, MS, food and nutrition sciences, undergraduate program
Katy Williams, MS, RDN, CD, CSSD, CDCES, food and nutrition sciences, dietetic internship

Medical Directors
Maika Dang, MD
Kenneth Lindsey, MD

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
Rebecca Pearson, PhD, MPH, public health
Karen Roemer, PhD, biomechanics, clinical mechanics, kinematics and kinetics

Associate Professors
Tishra Beeson, DrPH, MPH, public health, maternal and child health, health policy
Jared M. Dickenson, PhD, FACSM, clinical physiology, muscle physiology
Eric Foch, PhD, biomechanics, clinical mechanics, kinematics and kinetics
Casey Mace-Firebaugh, PhD, MPH, public health, environmental health
Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RDN, sports nutrition
Robert Pritchett, PhD, sport physiology, environmental physiology
Nicole Stendell-Hollis, PhD, MS, RDN, obesity, nutrition and chronic disease

Assistant Professors
Tefere Belay, PhD, nutrition
Ana Paula Coelho F. Freire, PT, MSc, PhD, clinical physiology
Douglas Presta, DPM, NR-Paramedic, paramedicine

Senior Lecturers
Ryan Galindo, exercise science
Emily Shaw, nutrition and food science
Gretchen Taussig-Simpson, EMT, paramedicine

Katarina Mucha, PhD, MPH, public health
Colin Nash, Firefighter/PM, paramedicine
Blake Richards, FPC, PM, paramedicine
Katy Williams, MS, RDN, CD, CSSD, CDCES, nutrition
Amie Wojtyna, PhD, MPH, MSBS, public health

Natalie Baldwin, office assistant
Bryan Contreras, MS, instructional classroom support technician- clinical physiology and exercise science
Priscilla Froelich, instructional classroom support technician- food science
Garrett Sand, secretary supervisor

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.

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.


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


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