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Updated Curriculums

For Fall 2015, the Movement Science curriculums have been changed to align course objectives with the American College of Sports Medicine Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.  In addition, there has been an increase in the number of open electives to allow students in Health and Exercise Science to declare an elective and to all students in Pre-Health Professional to take additional prerequisites for graduate school.  In addition, the Health Promotion curriculum has been changed to Public Health effective Fall 2016.  To review the new curriculum guides, click here:


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).


The Movement Science major's theoretical and experiential approach enables students to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for careers and graduate education in fitness, wellness, movement science, kinesiology, exercise science, and human performance. In addition, it provides students with the undergraduate degree and courses required for admission to graduate health professional education programs including, but not limited to: physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractics, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Fitness Industry, Health Fitness, Strength & Conditioning, graduate education exercise science, kinesiology, motor behavior, human performance, and athletic training. Regardless of the selected concentration, students are provided with opportunities to shape and practice ethical behaviors relative to fitness and allied health professions.  The goal of the experiential component is to provide students with an opportunity to develop “applied skills” and acquire best practices in a service-oriented manner. 

The Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science offers two concentrations: the Health and Exercise Science Concentration and the Pre-Health Professional Concentration The purpose of the Health and Exercise Science concentration is to provide students wit the knowledge skills, and abilities to work in health and wellness fields as strength and conditioning coaches, fitness instructors, or exercise physiologists. Students may also use the program content to attend graduate schools in those fields.  The purpose of the Pre-Health Professional concentration is to provide students with the background and introductory courses required for allied health professions and to be flexible enough to allow students to obtain pre-requisite course work for graduate program admission in allied fields such as physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, or chiropractics. Upon graduation students are expected to possess the professional knowledge, skills, values, dispositions, and experiences required in allied health professions where under-represented populations are not found in large numbers.

The Movement Science major consists of a combination of classroom lectures, laboratory work, co-curricular activities, service-learning, and community outreach experiences.  Students learn the most current technologies and techniques used in the profession and engage in experiential learning via course-embedded laboratory practice, service-learning, internships, and volunteer experiences.  The students gain practical, workplace-ready skills, including: health and fitness appraisals, exercise testing and prescription, risk management, interpersonal communication, socio-cultural competency, and teamwork.  Students are provided with opportunities to work with individuals of various ages and cultures, skill levels, fitness status, and physical capabilities. Graduates of the Health and Exercise Science Concentration are fully prepared to test for certification exams of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, students in this track are prepared for admission to graduate programs in Kinesiology and Movement/Exercise Science disciplines, such as Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Behavior, and Occupational Therapy.  Graduates of the Pre-Health Professional Concentration are prepared to meet admission requirements for Health Professional graduate education including, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Rehabilitation Science, and Chiropractics. In addition to obtaining prerequisites typically required by graduate health education programs, graduates of the Pre-Health Professional Concentration gain experience in the use of instrumentation typically used to assess injury, injury mechanisms, proprioception, rehabilitation progress, and performance.

Movement Science students in both concentrations are encouraged to participate in research and publication. While on campus, students have access to the Exercise Physiology, and Movement Analysis Research Laboratories, and the Recreation and Wellness Center.


The Public Health graduate possesses a unique marketable set of skills required for employment in public health agencies, private and non-profit agencies, worksite health promotion offices, HIV prevention, and many other public health related careers. 

The Public Health major equips students with the knowledge, skills, dispositions and qualities required for work in diverse public and community health career settings. Graduates of this major can apply the science, theory, and practice of public health toward the enhancement of health status in the community. Public Health students participate in academic and applied training in program planning and implementation, program evaluation, policy analysis, research and management.

This major gives students the strong foundation needed for careers in private and public sectors, particularly public health agencies, volunteer programs, business and industry. It prepares students for graduate education in Public Health, Epidemiology, Community Health Education, Occupational Health, and Chronic Disease Prevention.  The Bachelor of Science in Public Health provides a solid background in health science, including public health education and policy, public health informatics, community health promotion in the work place, chronic disease management, health issues, human sexuality, mental health, nutrition, disease and injury prevention, substance use and abuse, environmental health, consumer health, personal health, and epidemiology.  This major provides opportunities for students to acquire skills in: needs assessment, program planning, implementation, and administration. As well as program assessment, advocacy, health education and health promotion service coordination, resource management policy, and research.


Movement Science and Public Health majors are required to complete a senior capstone project.  The Movement Science capstone project permits students to select a research project, or internship enabling them to apply their knowledge in a practical real-world setting.  The Public Health capstone project is a twelve (12) credit practicum in the field.  Regardless of the major or concentration, students are required to write an extensive report and to display their work in a final oral presentation.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Movement Science

Students who select the Movement Science major may pursue one of two concentrations:  Health and Exercise Science or Pre-Health Professional.  The Health and Exercise Science concentration provides students with an educational and experiential foundation that incorporates lecture, laboratory, practice, and service learning experiences to prepare them for  certification exams administered by the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Graduates with a Health and Exercise Science concentration in Movement Science will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for employment in fitness and wellness environments, strength and conditioning centers, and related career environments upon graduation. With this degree, graduates have the skills to work with clients of all ages and fitness levels, including athletes, children, adults, and the elderly.  Career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal Trainer/Health & Fitness Specialist
  • Inclusive Fitness Trainer
  • Cancer Exercise Trainer
  • Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist
  • Exercise Test Technologist
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Coach
  • Health and Fitness Director
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Movement Analyst
  • Research Scientist

    In addition, the curriculum prepares students for graduate education in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Behavior Kinesiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Therapeutic Recreation and a variety of other allied health and exercise professions

    The Pre-Health Professional concentration provides students with an educational and experiential foundation that incorporates lecture, laboratory, practice, and service learning experiences to prepare them to meet requirements for admission to Allied Health Professional graduate programs*, including, but not limited to: 

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Doctor of Chiropractics and a variety of other allied health and exercise professions

    * Movement Science graduates who are interested in careers in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Chiropractics, or other related allied health professions, must attend professional post-baccalaureate professional schools to obtain the knowledge, skills, abilities, and clinical experiences required to successfully pass examinations required for licensure. Applications for admission to physical therapy programs must be submitted using the Physical Therapy Centralized Applications Service. (

    Public Health

    The Health Promotion graduate possesses a unique set of skills required for employment in public health agencies, private and non-profit agencies, worksite health promotion offices, and many other public health related careers.  Graduates with a B.S. degree in Public Health have a variety of diverse employment opportunities.  A few examples are:

  • State Immunization Program Coordinator
  • Community Outreach and Case Manager, Family Planning Agency
  • STD Prevention Specialist
  • Diabetes Prevention Program Specialist Food and Restaurant Inspector
  • HIV Educator and Prevention Specialist
  • Case Management Supervisor Nutrition Coordinator, Senior Center
  • Tobacco Prevention Specialist
  • Project Officer, Lead Screening Program
  • Managed Care Coordinator
  • Employee Wellness Coordinator
  • Epidemiology

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


Monday - Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Faculty/ Staff Profile

Department Chair

Dr. Erica Taylor  
Price 103

Associate Professor

Dr. Sangeeta Gupta

Dr. Sangeeta Gupta
Price 202C

Assistant Professors

Dr. Cara Cordrey Gomez
Dr. Cara Gomez
Price 101

Dr. Adam Kuperavage
Price 107

Dr. R. Christopher Mason
Price 105B



Ms. Patrice Elder
Price 202B

Ms. Amy Goote-Ash 
Price 202A

Ms. Megan Maloney
Ms. Megan Maloney
Price 105A

Ms. Julia Olsen
Ms. Julia Olsen
Price 108

Dr. Knolan Rawlins
Price 104

Professional Staff

Ms. Angela Shorter
Coordinator, Lifetime Fitness & Wellness
Memorial Hall 107

Mr. Adam Swartzendruber
Mr. Adam Swartzendruber
Program Manager
Memorial Hall 102


Mrs. Susan Kelly
Mrs. Susan Kelly
Technical Secretary
Price 103