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Public Health and Exercise Science
Your Future Awaits!

Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of health?

Do you enjoy working with and helping people?

Do you value making a difference in the community?

Do you have a passion for exercise and fitness?

Do you want to learn the science of human performance?

Do you enjoy working with and helping people?

Public Health

The public health degree prepares students to assess a community’s overall health and develop programs that lead to healthier environments and better health for communities and individuals. This degree will prepare you for entry-level community health and public health education and promotion positions in settings such as public health departments, non-profit agencies, corporations, and hospitals. The Public Health degree could also lay a foundation for advanced degrees in public health, social work, nursing, medicine, and other allied health fields.

Exercise Science

The exercise science degree prepares students to work with individuals and groups to assess fitness and recommend exercises for overall health, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports performance.

Pre-Clinical Track &
Fitness and Human Performance Track

The exercise science pre-clinical track and fitness & human performance track will prepare you for entry-level positions in health care support areas such as hospital cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy assistance, in corporate fitness centers, in athletic and health focused fitness clubs, and with organizations that provide fitness and activity programming such as YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs.

These tracks will also prepare you to apply to graduate school in occupational and physical therapy, dentistry, medicine, chiropracty, and related human movement sciences.

EXS Pre-education non-licensure (BS degree at WOU, master’s teacher licensure program: master’s degree and teaching license)

EXS pre-education non-licensure and Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) students take all the same EXS coursework at WOU to increase content knowledge of teaching physical education (PETE Core), but take different pathways to becoming a licensed physical education teacher.

If you want to be licensed to teach with a master’s degree, follow the PETE track, graduate, and pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching program..

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE program + undergraduate teacher licensure program: BS degree and teaching license)

If you want to be licensed to teach with a bachelor’s degree, you should follow the Physical Education Teacher Education track in which you pursue a B.S. in Education with the physical education specific concentration. See the undergraudate teacher licensure program for more information.

Hear what our graduates have to say!

Western Oregon’s phenomenal PETE program not only shapes you into an outstanding physical education teacher, it teaches you how to change others’ lives for the better.
– McKenzie (Reeser) Hunt –

I feel Adapted Physical Activity opened my eyes to what adaptations in physical rehabilitation can look like. My interest in OT was really sparked in our internship where I was able to work directly with an OT and experience hands on treatment, evaluation, and working with an interdisciplinary team.

– Kenzie Falck, OTR/L OT –

Here are just a few things our Public Health graduates have become:

  • Social Services Coordinators
  • Wellness Program Coordinators
  • Health Navigators
  • Prevention Specialists
  • Community Outreach Coordinators
  • Substance Abuse Educators
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

Here are just a few things our Exercise Science graduates have become:

  • Corporate Fitness Instructor
  • Conditioning Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Aide
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Sports Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Cardiac Rehab Specialist
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

Meet some of your professors and explore classes!

We, the faculty of the Division of Health & Exercise Science at WOU, denounce any instances of bias, violence, discrimination, and hate. As a division, we commit to advance effective and actionable ways to raise awareness and spark action to address prejudice, stigmatization, hate, implicit biases, and any ‘isms’ with the goal of building an inclusive and equitable community, promoting the safety and civility within and external to the community of Western Oregon University.

Public Health Sample Degree Plan

You will meet with an advisor before registering each term to help you stay on track for graduation. Below you can see an example of the classes you may be taking each year, but your plan will be individualized to meet your specific goals.

Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
BI 134 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology 4 None
BI 135 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology 4 BI 134
Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
HE 227 Community and Public Health 4 None
HE 343 Health Data Analysis & Data Visualization or MTH 243 Probability and Statistics or BA 243 Business Statistics 4 MTH 110 or MTH 111
HE 285 Foundations of Health Education 4 HE 227 (or Co-requisite)
Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
HE 330 Theory of Health Promotion 4 HE 227 or HE 285 or instructor approval
HE 334 Health Disparities & Soc. Determinants of Health 4 None
HE 346 Infectious Disease and Injury Prevention 4 None
HE 348 Chronic Disease Prevention and Control 4 None
HE 360 U.S. Healthcare System & Health Policy 4 None
HE 375 Epidemiology 4 MTH 110 or MTH 111
Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
HE 448 Research Methods 4 HE 375 & 343 or BA 243 or MTH 243
HE 471 Program Planning 4 HE 375 & HE 343 or BA 243 or MTH 243
HE 330, HE 448 & BI 134, BI 135 or BI 234, BI 235
HE 487 Assessment and Program Evaluation 4 HE 471 or instructor approval
HE 498 Community Health Internship 8 HE 487 & HE 471
HE Electives 16 UD HE courses with advisor approval

Exercise Science Sample Degree Plan

You will meet with an advisor before registering each term to help you stay on track for graduation. Below you can see an example of the classes you may be taking each year, but your plan will be individualized to meet your specific goals.

Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
EXS 230 Foundations of Exercise Science 4 None
Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
EXS 310 Motor Behavior 4 None
EXS 370 Sociological and Physiological Aspects of Physical Activity 4 EXS 230, EXS 310
EXS 371 Kinesiology 4 BI 234, MTH 110 or MTH 111
EXS 245 Foundations of Strenght Training and Conditioning 4 None

 

Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
EXS 373 Phsiology of Exercise 4 BI 234, 235, 236, EXS 371
HE 426 Sports and Exercise Nutrition 4 HE 325
EXS 444 Lifespan Adapted Physical Activity 4 EXS 230, EXS 310, EXS 371
EXS 477 Advanced Programming for Sport and Fitness 4 EXS 373
EXS 483 Biomechanics 4 EXS 230, EXS 310, EXS 371
EXS Electives 16 Required advisor approval for courses, may include courses outside the Division of Health and Exercise Science
Required Core Classes Credits Prerequisites
EXS 455 Physical Activity & Aging 4 EXS 230, EXS 310, WXS 371
EXS 465 Motivational Interviewing 4
EXS 485 Exercise Testing and Prescription 4 EXS 373, HE 426
EXS 488 Exercise Motivation and Adherence 4 EXS 370
EXS 498 Internship in Exercise Science 4 All core courses completed; Senior standing, EXS 485, Instructor approval
EXS Electives Required advisor approval for courses, may include courses outside the Division of Health and Exercise Science

Have Questions? Contact an Advisor!

Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado

Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado

Professor, Health & Exercise Science

Email: canceltd@wou.edu
Office: 241

Ask Dr. Cancel-Tirado about:

  • Public Health Major & Minor
  • School Health Education
Dr. Gay Timken

Dr. Gay Timken

Professor, Health & Exercise Science

Email: timkeng@wou.edu
Office: 238

Ask Dr. Timken about:

  • Exercise Science
  • Exercise Science Pre-Education
  • Physical Education Teacher Education Program
Dr.  Jennifer Taylor-Winney

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Winney

Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Science

Email: taylorj@wou.edu
Office: 233

Ask Dr. Taylor-Winney about:

  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy

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