Applied Health Science

The Department of Applied Health Science is committed to preventing disease and promoting the health and well being of individuals, families, and communities through research, teaching, and service related to healthy lifestyles. Prevention of health problems has become increasingly important in our society and our Department's mission is futuristic in responding to this growing need. Our Department offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in various areas of applied health science.

At the undergraduate level we offer a curriculum in a number of exciting areas including: Community Health, Dietetics, Health Education - Secondary Teacher Preparation, Human Development and Family Studies, Nutrition Science, Safety, and Youth Development. In addition, we offer a Certificate Program in Safety Management. Our dietetics program is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

At the masters level, we offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in two areas: Behavioral, Social and Community Health and Public Health Administration. Our MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. In addition, we offer the Master of Science degrees in Nutrition Science, Safety Management (on-line), and School and College Health Programs.

At the doctoral level, we have been offering a doctorate degree for over 50 years in the areas of health and safety education and health behavior.

Our Committment to Research

Time magazine named Indiana University - Bloomington College of the Year among Research Universities. The Department of Applied Health Science has a long-standing commitment to scholarly inquiry in a broad spectrum of areas emphasizing prevention of health problems and promotion of healthy lifestyles. Research and creative activity in the department includes both basic and applied work in program planning and development, evaluation of the effectiveness of instruction, examination of lifestyle and health behavior in relation to nutrition, exercise, stress, alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, individual development and family health, communicable disease, sexual health, and related areas. In addition to research projects, faculty members engage in a variety of other scholarly activities, including the preparation of articles, textbooks, and other publications. Faculty members are frequently asked to present scholarly papers at regional, national, and international conferences. In 2002, the department received the National Honor Award from the Eta Sigma Gamma, a national health science honorary society. These accomplishments are due to highly accomplished faculty, quality students, alums, and highly competent staff.

Administrative Team

Interim Chairperson: Dr. David Koceja

Assistant Chairperson: Dr. Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Jon Macy

Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr. Maresa Murray

Director of Business Affairs and Budget: Joyce Arthur

Assistant to the Department Fiscal Officer: Annie Campbell

Administrative Secretary: Mary Wampler

Administrative Coordinator: Raleigh Lee