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PHOTO:Michelle Hesse

Dr. Michelle Hesse


  • Office: HBS 2022
  • Phone: 540-568-6570
  • Email: hessemx@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4301
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Iowa State University Dietetic Internship Distance Learning Program, Ames Iowa, 2011
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, PhD Human Nutrition, 2010
  • College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ BS in Foods & Nutrition & Chemistry, 2006

Teaching Area

  • Experimental Foods
  • Food Science/Principals of Food Preparation
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Wellness
  • Food Service Systems related courses


  • Childhood Obesity Prevention and School Based Health Screenings
  • Meal Selections of College Students subscribed to Campus Meal Plans
  • Nutrient Density as a point of Nutrition Education on College Campuses


  • Spending Time with Family
  • Exercising and Physical Activity
  • Hiking
  • Watching Documentaries
  • Painting and Refurbishing Old Furniture




  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • Health Sciences has BLACKOUT dates of September 15th and February 15th. You must be declared by September 15th to add HTH courses in the following Spring semester and by February 15th for the following Fall semester. There are NO exceptions.
  • JMU Summer Hours
    Monday – Thursday
    8:00 – 5:00
    Friday 8:00 – Noon
  • August 28
    First Day of Classes

Welcome from Health Sciences

PHOTO: Herb AmatoHealth is one of the most important disciplines in today’s world. Given the current and future global demand for well trained and passionate health professionals, now is an ideal time to study in our department. We urge you to learn about our programs to see where your future ambitions fit. More >