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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Health Sciences

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Dr. Andrew A. Peachey, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-5053
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies, Room 3091

R. Koslow, K. Lewis, M. Warner, M. Wessel

Associate Professors
S. Baller, A. Burnett, T. Enyeart Smith, K. Ott Walter, A. Peachey, D. Sutton

Assistant Professors
S. Blackstone, C. Cangin, E. Collazo-Vargas, D. Henry, A. Johnson, L. Merrell

L. Blosser, B. Covington

L. Eicher, T. Howley, 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.

Co-curricular Organizations

  • Eta Sigma Gamma (Health Sciences Honor Society)
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Society
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club

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.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Health Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with concentrations in:

  • Health Assessment and Promotion
  • Health Studies
  • Public Health Education

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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