James Madison University
PHOTO: Laura K. Merrell

Dr. Laura K. Merrell

Asistant Professor

  • Office: HBS 2062
  • Phone: 540-568-4167
  • Email: merrellk@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4301
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Ph.D., Community and Family Health (Public Health), University of South Florida
  • M.P.H., University of South Florida
  • B.A., Political Science and Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching Area

  • Epidemiology
  • Chronic Health and Disability


  • Health Literacy
  • Health Behavior
  • Oral Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Oral Health
  • Global Health


  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Reading
  • Travelling
  • Team trivia


  • 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 >