Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Health Professions

Kirk Armstrong, Academic Unit Head

Phone: (540) 568-7658
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies, Room 3092

J. Akers, K. Armstrong, J. Frye, P. Maxwell, A. Temple, D. Torisky

Associate Professors
A. Abad-Jorge, A. Dengo-Flores, J. Goetschius, M. Hesse, K. Liskey, A. Massey, S. Maiewski, C. Peterson, W. Simmons, A. Skelly, J. Walsh, G. Weniger

Assistant Professors
Z. Ahmed, J. Bonham, H. Hull, T. Newman, A. Russell Yun, S. Spranger, L. Tice

K. Harrison


The mission of the Department of Health Professions is to produce leaders in the dynamic healthcare industry through innovative practices in education, leadership, scholarship, and service.


To be recognized as a leader in professional healthcare education and practice.

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Trainer (Graduate Program)
  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist 
  • Health Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist (Graduate Program)
  • Physician Assistant (Graduate Program)

Co-curricular Organizations

  • Madison Athletic Training Student Association
  • 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
  • Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity

Degree Offerings

The Department of Health Professions offers the following degrees:

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Special Admission Requirements

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to all academic majors and minors. Special applications are required for admission to the upper-level courses of the dietetics program and the health services administration program. Please check program websites for application timelines and deadlines. More information about admission requirements can be found on the program pages listed below: