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Department of Health Sciences

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.

Goals

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 Department of Health Sciences offers the following degrees:

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

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

This major prepares students to sit for the national certification examination through the Board of Certification. Areas of study include injury prevention, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injuries and illnesses, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referrals, healthcare administration, evidence-based practice, and professional development and responsibility. The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This program is comprised of both academic and clinical requirements

Any student may declare athletic training as his/her major upon entering JMU and enroll in the pre-professional phase of the program. Students must apply to the professional phase of the program for a limited number of seats at the end of their sophomore year or upon completion of required prerequisite courses. Performance in the prerequisite courses is a strong consideration in the admission process. In order to make a formal application, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better, or be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in May:

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training

ATEP 206. Recognition and Management of Athletic Injuries

ATEP 291. Pre-Professional Practicum in Athletic Training

The athletic training program application and supporting documents are available to students while enrolled in ATEP 291 or by contacting the program director. Applications can be submitted to the program director after January 15, but must be submitted no later than April 1 to be considered for full admission.

Specific program requirements, including academic, clinical and technical standards, may be found on the Athletic Training Curriculum website (http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/AT) or in the Athletic Training Curriculum Handbook, which can also be found on the website.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Credit Hours

General Education1

41

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)

3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)

4

Major and elective requirements (listed below)

72


120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year               

Credit Hours

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1

3

ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training2

3

Electives

5

General Education courses (CHEM 120 or CHEM 131 suggested)

18


29

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

BIO 270. Human Physiology1

4

BIO 290. Human Anatomy2

4

ATEP 206. Recognition and Management of Athletic Injuries2,3

3

ATEP 291. Pre-Professional Practicum in Athletic Training2, 3

2

General Education courses

15-16


28-29

 

Third Year

Credit Hours

ATEP 304A. Lower Quarter Evaluation2,4

3

ATEP 304B. Upper Quarter Evaluation2,3

3

ATEP 305. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training: Lower Extremity2,3

3

ATEP 306. Therapeutic Modalities2,4

4

ATEP 307. Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses2,4

3

ATEP 350. Measurement Techniques in Athletic Training2,4

2

ATEP 355. Infectious Disease Control2,3

1

ATEP 377. General Medicine in Athletic Training2,3

2

ATEP 378. Assessment Skills in Athletic Training2,3

1

ATEP 392. Level II Practicum in Athletic Training2,4

3

ATEP 393. Level III Practicum in Athletic Training2,3

2

HTH 354. U.S. and Global Health Care Systems2

3

HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics2,3

3

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness2

3


36

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

ATEP 376. Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers2,4

2

ATEP 405. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training: Upper Extremity2,4

3

ATEP 406. Organization and Administration in Athletic Training2,3

3

ATEP 494. Level IV Practicum in Athletic Training2,4

2-3

ATEP 495. Level V Practicum in Athletic Training2,3

2

KIN 302. Exercise Physiology2

3

KIN 302L. Exercise Physiology/Lab2

1

NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition2,4

3

General Education courses

7-8


26-28

1 BIO 270 and MATH 220 may be met by choosing the correct course in General Education and be counted for both General Education and the major.
2 Grade of "C" or better required.
3 Offered only in spring semester.
4 Offered only in fall semester.

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

The Bachelor of Science in dietetics is the first step toward registration as a dietitian. The Registered Dietitian (RD) credential is a national credential that requires completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), a Dietetic Internship (DI) and successful completion of the national registration examination. The DPD at James Madison University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876. The program in dietetics gives the student a wide view of dietetics careers including clinical dietetics, administrative dietetics, community dietetics, food service, education and research.

Special Admission Requirements

Any student admitted to JMU can declare dietetics as his/her major and will be permitted to enroll in NUTR 280 Nutrition for Wellness and NUTR 295 Foundations of Nutrition Practice. However, to make progress in the major beyond the first few courses students need to apply and be admitted to the professional program.

Students wishing to be admitted to the dietetics program at JMU must apply in the spring semester during which admission requirements will be met by February 15, usually the sophomore year.

Students applying for admission must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the following courses, with no grade lower than a "C."

BIO 270. Human Physiology

CHEM 131 and 131L. General Chemistry I

CHEM 132 and 132L. General Chemistry II

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

NUTR 295. Foundations of Nutrition Practice

POSC 225. U.S. Government

PSYC 101. General Psychology or PSYC 160. Life Span and Human Development

SCOM 121, 122 or 123. Human Communication

WRTC 103. Critical Reading and Writing

Retention and Receiving Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification

To remain in the major, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in the major and earn grades of "C" (2.0) or higher in all remaining required courses. Transfer credit will not be accepted for the following courses: NUTR 363, NUTR 446, NUTR 482, NUTR 484 and NUTR 490. All successful graduates will receive four copies of a signed verification statement from the James Madison University DPD as soon as final transcript verifying all grades and degree confirmation is available.

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

CHEM 131131L. General Chemistry I with Laboratory3

4

CHEM 132132L. General Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

NUTR 295. Foundations of Nutrition Practice

2

Quantitative requirement (B.S. degree requirement)

3

General Education courses

18


31

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

BIO 270. Human Physiology3

4

PSYC 101. General Psychology3

3

or PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development3

           

POSC 225. U.S. Government3

4

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics3

3

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3

General Education courses

12

Elective

3


32

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

CHEM 241-241L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry with Lab2

4

CHEM 260-260L. Concepts of Biochemistry with Lab1

4

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

3

HTH 354. U.S. and Global Health Care Systems

3

NUTR 340. Science of Food Preparation2

3

NUTR 362. Food Service Systems1

3

NUTR 380. Global Nutrition

3

NUTR 384. Clinical Nutrition I1

3

NUTR 385. Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle1

3

NUTR 395. Introduction to Patient Care in Dietetics2

2


31

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology

4

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

NUTR 360. Management in Dietetics1

3

NUTR 363. Quantity Food Production

3

NUTR 446. Experimental Foods1

3

NUTR 482. Nutrition and Metabolism2

3

NUTR 484. Clinical Nutrition II1

3

NUTR 485. Community Nutrition2

3

NUTR 490. Field Experiences in Dietetics4

3

NUTR 495. Senior Seminar in Dietetics2

2


31

1 Offered only in spring semester.
2 Offered only in fall semester.
3 These courses may count for both General Education and the major depending on General Education course choice.
4 Field experience practicum should be completed the summer between junior and senior years.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The B.S. degree with a major in health sciences consists of health science course requirements in addition to General Education requirements and B.S. requirements. For specialization in a professional area, concentrations are available in health assessment and promotion, health studies, and public health education.

Health Science Core

All students pursing the B.S. in Health Science must complete the following core courses:

Health Sciences Core Courses        

Credit Hours

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry

            3-8

or CHEM 131132+L. General Chemistry

           

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

            3

HTH 100. Personal Wellness

            3

HTH 245. Foundations of Infectious Disease

            3

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research (B.S. degree requirement)

            3

HTH 351. Health Behavior Change

            3

HTH 408. Health Research Methods

            3

HTH 450. Epidemiology

            3

Select two of the following:

            8

BIO 270. Human Physiology

             

BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology

             

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

             


            32-37

Health Assessment and Promotion Concentration

This concentration prepares students for positions in wellness, hospital, and corporate-based health promotion and assessment programs. Students are trained to develop and implement comprehensive health promotion activities by combining health education, assessment techniques and physical activity concepts. Health assessment and promotion students master a variety of clinical assessments and can begin to develop health communication skills prior to graduation.

The concentration includes 12-15 hours of electives which can be used to complete any minor requirements or which pre-professional students can use to finish prerequisites for their selected professional program. Additionally, this broad-based program provides a strong foundation for related graduate studies. Upon completion, students are prepared to enroll in the Health Fitness Specialist and/or the Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist certifications sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Concentration Requirements

Students must complete the General Education requirements, the B.S. degree requirements, the health sciences core and the health assessment and promotion core requirements.

Course Requirements      

Credit Hours

Health Sciences Core 

32-37

ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training

3

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3

NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition

3

HTH 150. Introduction to Health Sciences

1

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

3

HTH 308. Physiological Responses to Human Movement

3

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research

3

HTH 389. Practicum in Health Education

3

HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics

3

HTH 442. Chronic Diseases

3

HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology

3

HTH 480. Health Assessment Techniques

3

HTH 482. Advanced Health Assessment Techniques

3

HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations

3


 

79-84

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Health Assessment and Promotion Concentration

Evidence of CPR/First-Aid certification must be presented for graduation.

First Year             

Credit Hours

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry1

3

HTH 100. Personal Wellness

3

HTH 150. Introduction to Health Sciences

1

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1

3

General Education courses

15-17


28-30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

BIO 270. Human Physiology1

            4

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

            4

ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training

            3

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

            3

General Education courses

            15-18


            30

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

HTH 308. Physiological Responses to Human Movement2

3

HTH 245. Foundations of Infectious Disease

3

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research

3

HTH 351. Health Behavior Change

3

HTH 389. Practicum in Health Education

3

HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology

3

NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition3

3

General Education courses

3-4

Core and elective courses

6


            30-31

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

HTH 408. Health Research Methods

3

HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics

3

HTH 442. Chronic Diseases3

3

HTH 450. Epidemiology

3

HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HTH 480. Health Assessment Techniques3

3

HTH 482. Advanced Health Assessment Techniques2

3

Core and elective courses

6

HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations

3


30

1 CHEM 120, MATH 220, and BIO 270 may be counted for both General Education and the major.
2 Offered only in spring semester.
3 Offered only in fall semester.

Health Studies Concentration

The health studies concentration is designed for students interested in understanding the causes of disease, strategies for promoting wellness, and the scientific basis and methodologies for analysis of health concerns. The health studies concentration combines a broad foundation of health-related course work with a choice of preparatory courses suitable for entry into graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine.

Students must complete the core course requirements for a major in health sciences and the requirements for the concentration in health studies. Students are encouraged to identify individual professional program requirements to select courses within the concentration requirements that will be most suitable for the graduate program of their choice.

Health Studies Concentration        

Credit Hours

Health Sciences Core (see previous core requirements)

            32-37

Required Courses

19

HTH 150. Introduction to Health Sciences

           

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

           

HTH 231. Population Health Determinants

           

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research

           

HTH 340. Chronic Disease and Disabilities

           

HTH 354. U.S. and Global Health Care Systems

           

HTH 423. Ethics and Critical Thinking in Health

           

Select 16 credits from these pre-professional courses:

16

(check with pre-professional adviser prior to course selection)

             

BIO 114. Organisms

             

BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology

           

BIO 224. Genetics and Development

           

BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology1

           

BIO 324. Human Genetics

           

BIO 370. Animal Physiology

           

CHEM 241-241L. Organic Chemistry

           

CHEM 260. Concepts of Biochemistry

           

CHEM 242-242L. Organic Chemistry II

           

HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics

           

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

 

PHYS 140-140L. College Physics I

           

PHYS 150-150L. College Physics II

           

PSYC 101. General Psychology

           

PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development

           

PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

           


            67-72

1 Will not count for the 16 credits in this category unless also take BIO 270 and BIO 290.

Recommended Schedule for Health Studies Concentration

First Year             

Credit Hours

HTH 100. Personal Wellness

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

3

HTH 150. Introduction to Health Sciences

1

Pre-professional courses

4-8

General Education courses

13-17


30-32

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry

3-8

or CHEM 131-131L and CHEM 132-132L

           

Choose one of the following:

4

BIO 270. Human Physiology

           

BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology

           

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

           

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

3

HTH 231. Population Health Determinants

3

HTH 245. Foundations of Infectious Disease

3

General Education, pre-professional courses and electives

9-17


30

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

Choose one of the following:

4

BIO 270. Human Physiology

             

BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology

           

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

           

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research

3

HTH 340. Chronic Disease and Disabilities

3

HTH 351. Health Behavior Change

3

HTH 354. U.S. and Global Health Care System

3

General Education, pre-professional courses and electives

11


27

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

HTH 408. Health Research Methods

3

HTH 423. Ethics and Critical Thinking in Health

3

HTH 450. Epidemiology

3

General Education, pre-professional courses and electives

21


30

 

Public Health Education Concentration

This concentration prepares the student for entry-level public health education positions or health-related positions in a wide variety of government, community and voluntary health agencies, such as health departments and community-based health programs. This concentration also provides a strong foundation for students to pursue a Master of Public Health degree. Students completing this concentration are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Concentration Requirements

Students must complete the General Education requirements, the B.S. degree requirements, health sciences core and the public health education requirements.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Health Sciences Core 

            32-37

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

3

HTH 230. Community Health

3

or HTH 231. Population Health Determinants

 

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3

HTH 352. Environmental Health

3

HTH 354. U.S. and Global Health Care Systems

3

HTH 370. Child and Adolescent Health

3

HTH 372. Human Sexuality

3

HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs

3

HTH 423. Ethics and Critical Thinking in Health

3

HTH 453. Public Health Education Methods1

3

HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology

3

HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations

3

Public health education students are encouraged to have foreign language skills, particularly Spanish. Elective credits may be used for this purpose.

Recommended Schedule for Public Health Education Concentration

First Year             

Credit Hours

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry2

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics2

3

General Education courses and electives

24


30

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

BIO 270. Human Physiology2

7-8

and/or BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology

             

and/or BIO 290. Human Anatomy

             

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

3

HTH 230. Community Health

3

or HTH 231. Population Health Determinants

 

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3

General Education courses and electives

11


30

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

HTH 351. Health Behavior Change

3

HTH 352. Environmental Health

3

HTH 354. U.S. and Global Health Care Systems

3

HTH 370. Child and Adolescent Health

3

HTH 372. Human Sexuality

3

HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs

3

Quantitative requirement for B.S. degree

3

General Education courses

3

Electives

6


30

In order to graduate in May of the senior year, a student must save HTH 423, HTH 458 and HTH 471 to be completed the third block of the senior year. The internship, HTH 495, is completed the fourth block. The internship is full-time supervised work at a professional site for eight weeks; thus, semester long courses cannot be taken the spring semester of the senior year.

Students who need additional courses must complete their internship during the summer after their senior year.

Fourth Year

Fall Semester     

Credit Hours

HTH 408. Health Research Methods

3

HTH 450. Epidemiology

3

HTH 453. Public Health Education Methods

3

Electives

9


18

 

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

Third Block

HTH 423. Ethics and Critical Thinking in Health3

3

HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation3

3

HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology3

3

Fourth Block

 

HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations4

3


 

12

1 Offered fall semester only.
2 BIO 270, CHEM 120 and MATH 220 may be counted for both General Education and the major.
3 Offered first eight weeks of spring semester.
4 Offered only in spring or summer.

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

The program in health services administration prepares the student for entry-level administrative positions, and staff positions requiring administrative skills, in various health services organizations including hospitals, hospital systems, managed care organizations, retirement and long term care facilities, ambulatory care organizations, and public health organizations. The student is prepared to plan, organize, direct and control health programs and/or facilities. In addition, the program provides the foundation for graduate study in health services administration and related fields.

The health services administration program is approved as a Full Certified undergraduate program by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Upon completion of all JMU and program requirements, the student is awarded the B.S. in Health Services Administration.

No more than 30 hours may be taken in the College of Business.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education1

40

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)

3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)

3

Major requirements (listed after schedule)

74


120

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year             

Credit Hours

General Education courses

31


31

 

Second Year        

Credit Hours

ACTG 244. Accounting for Non-Business Majors

3

COB 204. Computer Information Systems

3

ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)

3

HSA 290. Gerontology for Health Services Administration

3

HSA 385. Health Services Administration Career Seminar

1

HTH 354. U.S. and Global Health Care Systems

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

3

General Education courses

9


28

 

Third Year            

Credit Hours

FIN 345. Finance for the Non-Financial Manager

            3

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research (B.S. degree requirement)

            3

HSA 358. Health Administration2

            3

HSA 363. Health Economics2

            3

HSA 365. Values in Health Care

            3

MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior

            3

MGT 380. Principles of Marketing

            3

HSA 463. Quality Management in Health Care 3

            3

Program electives

            6


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

HTH 450. Epidemiology

            3

HSA 454. Internship in Health Organizations

            3

HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation

            3

HSA 466. Health Politics and Policy (B.S. degree requirement)

            3

HSA 462. Managed Care3

            3

Choose two of the following:

            6

HSA 452. Hospital Organization and Administration3

             

HSA 455. Long Term Care Organization and Administration3 

             

HSA 456. Ambulatory Care Services: Organization and Administration2

             

HSA 464. Funding in Health Care3

            3

Electives

            7


            31

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 Offered only in fall semester.
3 Offered only in spring semester.

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.