Division of Health & Exercise Science

Two distinct disciplines with the common goal of promoting healthy lifestyles and communities.

The Division of Health & Exercise Science prepares students to be knowledgeable, competent, and ethical professionals. Our graduates are advocates of health and fitness in schools, community centers, health departments and hospitals, and in issues of public policy.

Learning in Action

Public health students are working as contact tracers

The WOU Public Health + Polk County COVID-19 Project is a collaborative effort among public health faculty and students, Polk County Public Health, and other community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Exercise science students lead fitness program at senior center

“It’s been really good practice,” says Rachel, a graduating senior who plans to become a physical therapist. “It’s expanded my horizons and changed…

Stories from Health & Exercise Science

25 Students & Alumns dedicated themselves to the COVID Project.

What are they doing now?

Maddie Dirren ('20) and Jenny Leon-Peres ('20) employed as COVID Project coordinators.

Employed as Health Navigators, Community Health Workers, and/or Case Investigators in Willamette Valley health departments.

Community Health Worker at Samaritan Health Services.

Health Services Supervisor and Family Building Blocks.

Either in or accepted to the Oregon State University MPH program.

Either in or accepted to nursing programs.

Graduating and actively in the job market.

Current Students who will be with us through the summer/fall.

Who We Are

two women smiling and hugging in a classroom
Dr. Gay Timken (right) toasts outstanding student Lauren Biamont at the 2019 Outstanding Students awards ceremony.
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Public health professor Dr. Megan Patton-Lopez explaining a lesson in HE 227 (Health Promotion).
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Exercise science student Rachael and two participants of an adaptive physical activity program at Monmouth senior center.
two people in a gym holding racquets
Exercise science professors Tom Kelly (left) and Jen Taylor-Winney enjoying a game of badminton.
people in rock climbing gear standing at the base of a rock wall
Students in EXS 243 (Outdoor and Adventure Education) engaging in some adventurous team building activities.
a man and a dog on sand with water in the background
2020 outstanding community health student Toby Prescott and puppy enjoying a day on the water.
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HEXS professor Dr. Marita Cardinal (left) and “Major of the Year” Michael Weaver at the annual SHAPE America conference in Tampa, Florida.
two women taking a selfie at a party
Community health student Cristina Garcia Toche Selfie taking a selfie with Civil Right Leader, Dolores Huerta, after the UsAgainstAlzheimers Conference.
a group of people in running clothes standing in a winery warehouse
The HEXS team after completing the annual Barrel to Keg Relay.

Contact Us

Division of Health & Exercise Science Main Office

239 Richard Woodcock Education Center (RWEC)
345 Monmouth Ave N.

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jenna Otto

Administrative Program Assistant

Phone: (503) 838-8908

Email: ottoj@wou.edu