Division of Health & Exercise Science



We are pleased to share information about the Division of Health and Exercise Science. Our programs, faculty, and the work of our students and alumni impact the health and wellness of individuals and communities on a regular basis. Please take the time to explore our materials and find out what is special about WOU's programs in Community Health, School Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science.


The Division of Health and Exercise Science (HEXS) delivers programs and courses that meet the needs of multiple audiences across campus. Our undergraduate degree programs prepare professionals in the fields of school health education, physical education teacher education, community health education, and exercise science. We also offer minor areas of study in Health Education, Physical Education, and Sport Leadership that support and enhance the academic preparation of students from across campus. In fact, Health Education is the third most often selected minor by WOU students. HEXS serves all WOU students through delivery of courses in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC). At the graduate level, we offer courses that support initial teacher licensure as well as a health specialty area within the Master of Science in Education degree program.


  • Exercise Science
  • Exploring EXS
  • Community Health
  • Exploring CHE


Division of Health and Exercise Science

College of Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361
Fax: 503-838-8228
Phone: 503-838-8908

Lindsay Gunther
Administrative Program Assistant
503-838-8908 | RWEC 239

Peggy Pedersen, Ph.D.
Division Chair
503-838-8269 | RWEC 238