slide image

  Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences

You are here


ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary department that prepares students for a wide variety of careers, graduate education, and professional health education.  The Department is composed of two unique, yet related majors:  Movement Science and Public Health. Regardless of the selected major and concentration, students must complete the General Education Program as required of all University students (See General Education Requirements).

DEPARTMENT MISSION

The mission of the Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences is to prepare undergraduates for careers and graduate education in movement/exercise science, kinesiology, human performance, allied health disciplines, public health and community health.  Graduates of these majors are provided with theoretical, laboratory, research, service learning, clinical, and community service opportunities to advance knowledge, ethical practice, and service in future endeavors.  The department provides meaningful interaction among its constituents, the campus community, and the community at-large through the use of educational and research methodologies, service learning, and community service activities.  Moreover, the department promotes and provides programs which seek to remedy current under-representation of minorities in allied health, fitness and wellness, exercise/movement science, kinesiological, allied health, community health, and public health professions.  The department is dedicated to meeting the educational and professional preparation needs of individuals who plan to interface with the diverse and ever-changing society of the 21st century.

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences is to develop effective and ethical practitioners, clinicians, and researchers who possess comprehensive content knowledge, practice and ethical behaviors; utilize appropriate assessment procedures and techniques; demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills; display the ability to problem solve and develop strategies for successful outcomes; employ technology in a variety of settings; and apply successful strategies through proven models of research, best practices, and service.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

The faculty believes that every student in a major within the Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences should have access to a high quality program that prepares students or careers in the fitness and wellness industry and post graduate education in movement/exercise science, kinesiology, human performance, allied health disciplines, community health, and public health disciplines.  In addition, the faculty believes that every graduate should:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the content area in which he or she elects to specialize.
  • Provide evidence of professional and ethical disposition and a broad spectrum of instructional knowledge, skills, and values.
  • Exhibit the ability to work effectively within our nationally and internationally diverse society.
  • Display a wide range of communication skills, including writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge, skills, and values by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving activities and critical analysis for successful outcomes.
  • Provide evidence of the ability to translate research findings into meaningful practical applications.
  • Exhibit technological and information literacy, conduct literature searches and use technology for the advancement of knowledge, practice, and service.
  • Display an understanding that their selected interdisciplinary discipline is a dynamic process, which is knowledge-based, comprehensive and continuous, and requires discourse among colleagues.

EDUCATIONAL POLICY

The Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences faculty utilizes “Best Practices” in its delivery of instruction and learning experiences to actively engage students in lecture, laboratory experiences, and campus and community service activities, and faculty-directed student research. All of which embrace the concerns of a diverse, changing global society. Public Health classes actively engage students through program planning, implementation, and assessment, research activities, observation and fieldwork, practicum, and internships.  Problem solving activities provide students with the opportunity to explore real life situations, which present opportunities to develop skills to adapt to new problems and issues.  The Department provides equipment, facilities, experiences, and instruction to facilitate optimal learning and community engagement.

LIFETIME FITNESS AND WELLNESS

All Delaware State University students must successfully complete a Lifetime Fitness and Wellness course during their first year of study.  This course combines instruction in and practice of physical activity, healthier food selection, sexual wellness, mental health, and the effects of chronic disease, stress, drugs and alcohol.  Students are assessed for baseline health using the Polar Tri-Fit system. Students are required to participate in and document physical activity.  Health risk appraisals and ongoing assessments are integrated into the course, which carries two hours of graded academic credit.  This course is a required course in the General Education core and is applied toward the credit total for graduation regardless of major. An ancillary activity of Lifetime Fitness and Wellness,  is to provide all students, faculty, staff, and administrators with access to baseline health risk appraisals. All students are required to earn a grade of C or better.

LABORATORIES

The Exercise Physiology and Movement Analysis Laboratory provide students with opportunities to enhance learning relative to applied aspects of exercise science. Each laboratory is equipped with industry standard testing and training instrumentation used in clinical fitness and wellness settings.  

RESEARCH

The faculty is engaged in a variety of research activities including: neuromechanical aspects of injury prevention and rehabilitation, chronic disease prevention, physical activity interventions, overweight and obesity prevention and intervention across the lifespan, physical activity intervention across the lifespan, and behavioral aspects of exercise participation and compliance.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The department participates in a variety of community outreach activities, including, but not limited to: community health fairs and health education workshops, sports nutrition education, strength and speed conditioning workshops, and in-depth health, fitness, and biomechanical assessments.  Community outreach and service learning activities are supervised by the department faculty.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

HFLO - Health and Fitness Leaders Organization
PAHO - Public and Allied Health Organization
Phi Epsilon Kappa - Honor Society

 

Department of Public & Allied Health Sciences
Price Building, Room 103
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

302.857.6703
 

Monday - Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Faculty/ Staff Profile


Department Chair

Taylor
Dr. Erica Taylor
Chairperson
Price 103
302.857.6703
emtaylor@desu.edu 
 

Associate Professor

Dr. Sangeeta Gupta

Dr. Sangeeta Gupta
Price 202C
302.857.6782
sgupta@desu.edu

Assistant Professors

Dr. Cara Cordrey Gomez
Dr. Cara Gomez
Price 101
302.857.6776
cgomez@desu.edu

Dr. Adam Kuperavage
Price 107
302.857.7688
akuperavage@desu.edu

Dr. R. Christopher Mason
Price 105B
302.857.7644
rmason@desu.edu


Instructors

Elder

Ms. Patrice Elder
Price 202B
302.857.6763
pelder@desu.edu

Ms. Amy Goote-Ash 
Price 202A
302.857.6604
agoote@desu.edu


Ms. Julia Olsen
Ms. Julia Olsen
Price 108
302.857.6711
jolsen@desu.edu

Rawlins
Dr. Knolan Rawlins
Price 104
302.857.6851
krawlins@desu.edu

Ms. Megan Maloney

Ms. Megan Rothermel
Price 105A
302.857.7657
mmaloney@desu.edu

Professional Staff

Ms. Angela Shorter
Coordinator, Lifetime Fitness & Wellness
Memorial Hall 107
302.857.6615
ashorter@desu.edu


Mr. Adam Swartzendruber
Mr. Adam Swartzendruber
Program Manager
Memorial Hall 102
302.857.7689
aswartzendruber@desu.edu 
 

Staff


Vacant
Technical Secretary
Price 103
302.857.6703