Department of Health Sciences

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As a department, we are committed to holding the university and ourselves accountable for taking action to address racism. Because we educate future health care professionals, we recognize our ethical responsibility to develop students who understand and recognize implicit bias, equip them with tools to practice social justice, anti-racism, and advocate for change in health care settings and communities.


PHOTO: Raihan Kahn and Megan Brooks discuss research

FYRE program pairs students with faculty research mentors

May 2, 2022

Through JMU's First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program, transfer student Megan Brooks will be able to assist health sciences professor Raihan Khan in his research on dust and environmental pollution.

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HS alumna pursues physical therapy career

December 3, 2021

"I chose JMU the minute I walked onto the campus for a college tour. I found out about the school through a friend who thought it would be a great fit for me. Knowing I was going to be interested in their health programs, I investigated what they had to offer."

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Coleman invited to participate in obesity research program

November 17, 2021

Health sciences professor Santo Coleman was selected to be part of the OHD PRIDE Program - a two-year research training and mentoring program for faculty from underrepresented backgrounds.

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Health sciences instructor makes kindness part of class

November 2, 2021

Holding the door for others is an example of kindness, and a bit of a tradition at JMU. Now, it also counts as participation credit in health sciences instructor Matt Lovesky’s sections of Health 100: Personal Wellness.

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Health sciences alumna shares her path to PA school

July 15, 2021

"Faculty always had their doors open and were more than happy to assist in preparing my application, and the advising team helped me prepare for a successful interview."

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Welcome from the Department Head

headshot of Catherine Zeman

On behalf of our current students, alumni, faculty and staff of the Department of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies at James Madison University, welcome to the Department of Health Sciences! We welcome your interest in one of the most rewarding and exciting areas of professional study.

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