James Madison University

Welcome from the Department Head of Health Sciences

Thank you for visiting the Department of Health Sciences. Our department prepares undergraduate students to function as health professionals upon attainment of the undergraduate degree with majors in athletic training, dietetics, health services administration, and health sciences or to pursue various health related professional programs (e.g., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and others). We also offer graduate degrees in dietetics, nutrition and physical activity, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies.

With 40+ faculty and staff, over 1800 students, and offering almost a dozen undergraduate majors, concentrations, and graduate degrees, we have a large presence in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the university. Our graduates have a successful record of finding employment, passing licensure and certification examinations, and of being accepted to graduate and professional programs.

Health Sciences includes multiple disciplines that may impact the health of individuals, communities, and beyond. Given the current and future global demand for well-trained and passionate health professionals, now is an ideal time to study in our department. On behalf of our current students, alumni, faculty and staff, welcome to the Department of Health Sciences! Join us and play an integral role in making our world healthier!

Andy Peachey, DrPH
Academic Unit Head (Acting)


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