Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Stephen Stewart, Head


Bopp, Brevard, Hurt, Koslow, S. Stewart, Travis

Associate Professors

Ball, Pearson, Syre, Thompson, Warner, Wenos, Wessel

Assistant Professors

Amato, Cockley, Gloeckner, Heinrichs, Martino-McAllister, Sutton, Torisky


Stefancin, Summers

Adjunct Associate Professor


Course Descriptions: Health Sciences and Nutrition

The purpose of the Department of Health Sciences is to contribute to the liberal education of all students and to prepare students for professional careers in health sciences and dietetics.

In addition to the university's degree requirements, a grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course required in the major program. Consult an academic adviser in the department for a list of required courses.

Major Programs

Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in health sciences consists of health and related science courses in addition to liberal studies and B.S. requirements. For specialization in a professional area, concentrations are available in school health education, public health education, health assessment and promotion, health services administration, athletic training, and international health.


The major in dietetics prepares the student as a generalist in dietetics. The program is approved by the American Dietetic Association.

Health Sciences Programs

Basic Health

This concentration must be combined with an appropriate minor which is approved by the health sciences adviser or with one of the concentrations listed below.

This concentration is especially attractive to students in pre-physical therapy programs as those requirements from pre-physical therapy programs serve as an approved minor in this concentration.

School Health Education

This concentration leads to Virginia licensure as a school health educator (N, K-12).

Public Health Education

This concentration prepares the student for entry-level health education positions or health-related positions in official and voluntary health agencies.

Health Assessment and Promotion

This concentration prepares the student for entry-level positions in wellness, hospital and corporate-based health promotion programs. The student is trained to develop and implement comprehensive health promotion activities using health education and fitness concepts. The health assessment and promotion concentration includes a required minor in exercise science. This concentration prepares students to enroll in the fitness instructor certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Health Services Administration

This concentration prepares the student for entry-level administrative positions in various health settings including hospitals and nursing homes. The student is trained to plan, organize, direct and control health programs and/or facilities.

The health services administration program is not an open concentration; students must meet specific criteria for admission to the program. The criteria are available from the program director.

Athletic Training

This concentration prepares the student to take the National Athletic Trainers Association certification examination. The athletic training program is not an open concentration; students must apply for admission to the program. Specific requirements for acceptance are available from the program director.

International Health

This concentration prepares the student for entry-level health positions working in culturally diverse settings in the U.S. and in developing countries around the globe. This concentration requires proficiency in a second language and practical experience in crosscultural settings. The student is trained to develop and implement comprehensive health promotion strategies for other cultures. This concentration is particularly designed for students desiring to assist communities through organizations such as the Peace Corps, religious groups, or various governmental agencies.

Program in Dietetics


The program in dietetics gives the student a wide view of dietetic careers including clinical dietetics, administrative dietetics, community dietetics, education and research.

Following the completion of the program in dietetics, students should plan to meet the experience requirements for registered dietitian status by completing a dietetic internship or an approved pre-planned program (AP4) in dietetics. The dietetic program meets the academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association.

NOTE: Students interested in any of the above programs should contact an academic adviser in health sciences.

Credit by Examination

The Department of Health Sciences offers credit by examination for many 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.

Minor Programs

The following minor programs are available to all students and may be combined with any teaching or nonteaching major in the university. Students desiring assistance in planning their programs should contact the head of the Department of Health Sciences.

Public Health

The public health minor, which is not open to health sciences majors, consists of 21 hours including:

HTH 354. Health Care Systems 3
HTH 450. Epidemiology 3
HTH 451. Strategies for Health Change 3
Health courses selected with the approval of 12
the minor adviser

The following health courses may not count toward the minor:

HTH 205. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
HTH 303. Sports Medicine
HTH 304 A-B. Sports Medicine Laboratories
HTH 305. Therapeutic Exercise
HTH 306. Therapeutic Modalities

Health Information Systems

The Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Computer Sciences offer health information systems as a joint minor program. The program is intended to provide students with specialized skills in computer applications in health care. See program listings under the Department of Computer Sciences.

Substance Abuse Intervention

The interdisciplinary substance abuse intervention minor prepares the student to understand the impacting forces on the abusing individual and to help the individual seek aid as appropriate.

HTH 278. Alcohol: Use and Abuse 1
HTH 357. Coping With Stress 1
HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs 3
HTH 389. Practicum in Health Education 1-3
PSYC 308. Health Psychology 3
PSYC 435. Community Psychology 3
PSYC 440. Counseling Psychology 3
SOWK 287. Introduction to Social Work 3
SOWK 317. Introduction to Social Work Practice 3


The department offers a minor in nutrition for students who are interested in the study of nutrition to enhance their major program of study or for their own personal use.

The minor consists of 18 hours. Although there are no prerequisites to the courses, it is recommended that NUTR 280, Nutrition for Wellness, be taken before 300- and 400-level courses.

NUTR 140. Contemporary Foods 3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness 3
NUTR 385. Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle 3
300- or 400-level nutrition courses 9

Courses of Study

Changes outside of this department may require slight modifications in the courses of study listed.

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Undergraduate Catalog Contents

1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University