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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Health Sciences

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Dr. Herbert K. Amato,
Interim Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-6510
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies, Room 3091


H. Amato, J. Gloeckner, R. Koslow,
K. Lewis, P. Maxwell, J. Thompson,
D. Wenos, M. Wessel

Associate Professors

J. Akers, S. Baller, A. Burnett,
D. Cockley, B. Diduch, T. Enyeart Smith,
O. Ersin, J. Frye, S. Maiewski,
K. Ott Walter, C. Peterson, G. Polacek,
D. Sutton, A. Temple, D. Torisky

Assistant Professors

E. Collazo, J. Goodman, D. Henry,
M. Hesse, E. Kancler, T. Kirchen,
K. Liskey, J. Lohr, L. Merrell,
A. Peachey, S. Rush, A. Russell Yun,
A. Skelly, J. Walsh, F. Weaver,
J. Weniger, J. Wenos


L. Blosser, E. Richardson


T. Howley, M. Michalik, R. Prodoehl,
M. Stickney

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Department of Health Sciences is to contribute to the liberal arts education of all students and prepare students for professional careers in the health sciences and/or for entry into professional programs.


The goals of the Department of Health Sciences are to:

  • Promote the health and well-being of the JMU community.
  • Support the General Education program.
  • Educate health professionals.
  • Provide service to the community, the state, the region and the nation.
  • Conduct, disseminate and publish research/scholarship in health sciences.

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Assessment and Promotion Specialist
  • Health Fitness Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist (Graduate Program)
  • Physician Assistant (Graduate Program)
  • Public Health Educator
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Professional

Co-curricular Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Madison Athletic Training Student Association
  • Eta Sigma Gamma (Health Sciences Honor Society)
  • Health Administration Student Association
  • JMU Dietetic Association
  • JMU Physician Assistant Student Society
  • JMU Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Society

Special Admission Requirements

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to all academic majors and minors. Special applications are required for admission to the clinical portions of the athletic training program and the dietetics program.

Deadline for Change or Declaration of Majors

Deadlines for change or declaration of major forms are:

Semester Deadline
Summer February 15
Fall February 15
Spring September 15 of the previous year

Forms received in the health sciences office after the deadline will be processed the following semester. Students changing their major to health sciences after February 15 of the sophomore year should expect an additional semester(s) to complete the program. The number of additional semesters required to complete the program will depend on the timing of the change to health sciences and the number of summer courses completed.

Degree and Major Requirements

The physician assistant program and the occupational therapy program are available at the master’s degree level.

Master Level Degrees

In addition to undergraduate programs, the Department of Health Sciences offers several advanced degrees. For more information about any of the programs listed, refer to the JMU Graduate Catalog or gain access through the Health Sciences website.

  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences/Dietetics Concentration
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences/Nutrition and Physical Activity Concentration

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Certification

This program is housed in the Department of Kinesiology and culminates in a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Credit by Examination

The Department of Health Sciences offers credit by examination for a limited number of the courses taught in the department. Students who want permission to take an examination must apply to the department head during the regular registration period. Students will receive details regarding approval and examination dates after they apply. Examinations will be given only in courses offered during the semester.


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