Aug 18, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Health Professions

Dr. Özlem Ersin, Interim Department Head

Phone: (540) 568-7658                                                                            Email: ersinoh
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies, Room 5050                      Website:

H. Amato, J. Gloeckner,  P. Maxwell, D. Wenos

Associate Professors
J. Akers, D. Cockley, B. Diduch, Ö. Ersin, J. Frye, S. Maiewski, C. Peterson, A. Temple, D. Torisky

Assistant Professors
A. Dengo, M. Hesse, E. Kancler, T. Kirchen, K. Liskey, A. Russell Yun, W. Simmons, A. Skelly, J. Walsh, G. Weniger, J. Wenos, X. You

K. Harrison, E. Richardson

M. Michalik


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


The goals of the Department of Health Professions 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 professions.

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist 
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Assessment and Promotion Specialist
  • Health Fitness Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist (Graduate Program)
  • Physician Assistant (Graduate Program)

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
  • 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.

Degree Offerings

The Department of Health Professions offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies

The department also offers a minor in health assessment and promotion.