James Madison University

Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG)

General Information

Eta Sigma Gamma

Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) is a National Health Education Honorary comprised of health professionals and health science / health education students. The JMU chapter (Sigma) members support the mission of promoting health through teaching, researching and leading community service activities.

Eta Sigma Gamma provides the opportunity to exercise leadership. With guidance from a chapter sponsor and cooperation from chapter members, student leaders can develop leadership skills and provide direction for their peers. These leadership qualities have proven to be ingredients for success.

Some of the ESG Sigma Chapter annual projects include:

  • Research study on Personal Safety on and off campus
  • Special Olympics
  • Canned food / book drive
  • Chapter events (team building, apple/pumpkin picking, Arboretum, and more!)
  • Team participation in local 5K events advocating for various health issues.
  • Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education / Promotion Bulletin Board on the 3rd floor of HBS*

* The Bulletin Board is updated every month and displays our monthly calendar plus a health topic of the month.

Meeting Information:

During the Fall 2017 semester, meetings are held Wednesdays @ 6:00pm. Please note the room number with each date.

Fall 2017 Meeting Dates and Locations:

  • October  4th @ 6pm EnGeo 2208
  • October 18th  @ 6pm EnGeo 2208
  • October 25th @ 6pm EnGeo 2208
  • November 8th @ 6pm EnGeo 2208

Membership Information:

To become a member of Eta Sigma Gamma and maintain membership, you must:

  • Be declared as any health major (examples: health sciences, health education, kinesiology, pre-professionals, etc.)
  • Pay $60 annual dues ($30/semester; $60/year)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA after initiation)
  • Participate in the set minimum number of required service events each semester (this includes meetings)

Additional Benefits of Membership and Dues

  • Each member, upon initiation, receives a certificate of membership, membership card and the official pin of the honorary.
  • In addition, membership includes a subscription to The Health Educator and The Health Education Monograph Series. This affords an excellent vehicle for sharing ideas about the profession.
  • Seniors will receive graduation cords (already paid for).

ESG – Sigma Chapter Contacts:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Theresa M. Enyeart Smith
Email: enyeartm@jmu.edu

President: Chelsea Robinson
Vice President: Gloria Baiden

Additional Informational Links:


  • 12/12/17: The department has been divided into the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Health Professions
  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • JMU Summer Hours
    Business hours from May 6 - August 16, 2013 will be Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - noon.