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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences Department

College of Education and Professional Studies
Health Sciences, room 205
Mail Stop 7571
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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 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 the Office of the Registrar.

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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