Division of Health & Exercise Science

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

The Division of Health & Exercise Science at Western Oregon University 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, in corporations and non-profits, in athletic and fitness clubs, and in issues of public policy.

Our Philosophy


Students come first. Our faculty work closely with students in the classroom, lab, and community. We are committed to our students personal, academic, and professional development.

In the spirit of our heritage as a teaching college, we uphold an enduring commitment to the value of teaching, and our programs emphasize the impact of educators on health promotion.

We believe in allowing each faculty member the autonomy to express their uniqueness as teachers, scholars, and community members. Our diverse perspectives are what fosters learning, passion, and innovation.

Get to Know Us


Meet all of our faculty

COMMUNITY HEALTH

Emily Vala-Haynes

“My passion is global health. Specifically, women’s reproductive health – access to contraception, unintended pregnancy, maternal mortality, and intimate partner violence.”

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COMMUNITY HEALTH

Emily Lilo

“I focus on the influence of media on health. In my classes, students will learn to think critically about public health problems and develop innovative solutions to those problems.”

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EXERCISE SCIENCE

Tom Kelly

“It really is up to the student and what their interest is and I think that is one of the strengths here. It’s student directed.”

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Hands-On Experience


INTERNSHIPS

Gain Real-World Experience

All our students have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of their program. Internships are the chance to apply what you've learned, gain some relevant work experience, and network with potential employers.

STUDY ABROAD

Make the World Your Classroom

Our students are encouraged to study abroad. The experience of living and learning in another country gives you first-hand observation of different cultures and their health practices.

APPLIED LEARNING

Dig Deeper

Take advantage of the chance to work on research and creative projects alongside professors who serve as mentors. Students also have access to a new fully-equipped exercise science lab that provides research, learning, and fitness testing opportunities.

Not your typical group project

Students get hands-on experience building healthy relationships in HE 420.

Alumni Spotlight on Jordan Werner

Q&A with Jordan Werner, a 2018 Oregon SHAPE Teacher of the Year and Exercise Science graduate.

Alumni Spotlight on Tylor Reynolds

Community Health graduate Tylor Reynolds talks about his path from WOU to Emory University and…the CDC!
OFFICE

Division of Health & Exercise Science

Richard Woodcock Education Center 239
345 Monmouth Ave North
Monmouth, OR 97361

CONTACT

Lindsay Gunther

Administrative Program Assistant

E guntherl@wou.edu
P 503-838-8908

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