Human Health Science
The University of Dubuque Human Health Science (HHS) major offers students the opportunity to prepare for future acceptance into a professional program of graduate study in the health and science field. Students majoring in HHS will be interested in applying to graduate programs in sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic studies, or other health-related careers. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, this program blends coursework from biology, chemistry, physics, wellness and exercise science, psychology, and sociology in order to best prepare students for admission into a professional health studies program. Although application for admission into these professional programs must be sought independently by the student, HWS’s human health science advisers will assist in mapping out a program of study to meet prerequisites for admission into professional programs hosted at other institutions
What You Will Learn
- Develop the tools necessary to become quality health professionals by acquiring knowledge pertaining to the general functioning of the human body and fitness assessment.
- Gain an appreciation of the role of multidimensional wellness in the balance of life through experiences that prepare you for various careers related to human health science, graduate or professional schools.
- Become a lifelong learner in your discipline, where you incorporate the values and ethics of your profession and in turn provide leadership and service to your community.
Program of Study
Students will begin with a general background in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology while being introduced to potential careers. As they move into the third year they will being to incorporate more specific discipline knowledge such as biomechanics and exercise physiology in addition to physics and chemistry.
What Our Students Do
Most students in Human Health Science (HHS) are preparing for careers which typically demand a higher level of competency than a BS will provide. Although application for admission into these professional programs must be sought independently by the student, HWS’s Human Health Science advisers will assist in mapping out a program of study to meet prerequisites for admission into professional programs hosted at other institutions.
Where Our Graduates Go
Most students will go on to graduate school for physical therapy, athletic training, cardiac rehab, or other master degree fields. Some will pursue direct employment in exercise science related careers.
News from the Department
Students are advised and taught by faculty with a degree in Biomechanics. Students have full access to the 1,200 sq/ft Knox-Coit Human Performance Lab.
Human Health Science - Program of Study
The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.
HWS 100: Introduction to Human Health Science (2)
BIO 145: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology or SOC 112 (3) Contemporary Social Problems (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
BIO 146: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
UDMA 112: College Algebra (4)
PSY 110: Introduction to Psychology (3)
CIS 101/103: Introduction to Computers (3)
HWS 241: Anatomy and Kinesiology (3)
PHY 151: Physics I (4)
HWS 246: Human Nutrition (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
HWS 301: Biomechanics (3)
HWS 221: Family and Community Health (3)
PHY 152: Physics II (4)
RES 104: Introduction to Research Writing (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
CHM 111: General Chemistry I (4)
UDMA 230: Statistics (3)
HWS 311: Geriatrics (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3) or other REL Course
CHM 112: General Chemistry II (4)
HWS 341: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury (3)
PRF 201: Career Preparation (1)
PSY 227: Adult Development and Aging (3)
BIO 125: Population, Resources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship course
HWS 401: Exercise Physiology (3)
BIO 211: Human Biology I (4)
HWS 485/6/7: Internship (3) or additional Lab Science Course (4)
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
HWS 495: Senior Seminar (2)
BIO 212: Human Biology II (4)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B Course
UDHS 121: World Civilization (3) or other Global Awareness A Course
CCS 101/UDLS 111: Cross-Cultural Study (1)/Elementary Spanish I (3)
Department Head Health, Wellness and Sport; Assistant Professor
MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College
Office Phone: 563.589.3402
Office Location: 315 Smith Hall
Kevin P. Cattani
Associate Professor of Sport Marketing & Management/Director of Sports Marketing
PhD, University of Florida
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country
BS, University of Dubuque
Office Phone: 563.589.3860
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click Here
Chad Gunnelson, the 2017 IIAC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year, embarks on his seventh season leading the track & field and cross country programs here at UD. The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011 and continue to improve. Along with his 2017 honors, Gunnelson was also recognized in 2013 as both IIAC Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year and UD Staff Member of the Year.
In 2017, the Spartans men's track and field team claimed their first Iowa Conference Indoor Championship and the first track title in over 50 years. It was the school's 12th league title and first since 1961 in track and field. The Spartan women also posted their best point total at the IIAC Outdoor Championships. At the national level, both the men's and women's teams achieved their highest ever NCAA ranking in 2017, the men ranked 18th and women were 22nd.
Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 32 NCAA qualifiers, earning 16 All-American honors and 2 National Champion (Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014 and Tanasha Atwater, Outdoor Shot Put, 2017). The Spartans have also had 68 IIAC Champions and 233 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 63 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fifth straight year.
The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fourth and eighth consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 16 names to the UD Top-25 cross country performers list under Gunnelson including NCAA All-American Alec Bass (30th, 2016) and national qualifier Fabiola Ortiz (45th, 2016).
Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson, a native of Madison, Wis., spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School for both the boy’s and girl’s teams. At Madison East, Gunnelson coached 22 school record holders and back-to-back state champions in 2010 and 2011. In his final year with the Purgolders, the team earned a 3.24 GPA, had four sectional champions, and placed all four state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state meet, including a state champion.
Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility, from 2007 to 2011 where he built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area and trained youth, high school, college, and professional athletes along with Olympians.
Coach Gunnelson is actively involved in the sport beyond coaching. He serves as the central region representative on the USTFCCCA Division III track & field committee and as the IIAC coaches' chairperson. Gunnelson has spoken at high school clinichs and the USTFCCCA National Convention. He currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. He is also a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, and is certified in the Functional Movement Screen.
Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.
Track and Field Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Coordinator of Intramural Sports
BA, University of Dubuque
Office Phone: 563.589.3845
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
JD, University of Mississippi
MS, University of Southern Mississippi
BS and BA, University of Southern Mississippi
Office Phone: 563.589.3556
Office Location: 302 Smith Hall
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
PhD, Iowa State University
Adjunct Education and Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Sport
BA, University of Dubuque
MA, Loras College
Office Phone: 563.589.3232
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Careers in Human Health Science
The Human Health Science Program prepares students for future admission into a professional program of graduate study in the health science field. Students majoring in health, wellness, and sport often apply to graduate programs in sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic studies, or other health-related careers.
Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, this program blends coursework from biology, chemistry, physics, wellness and exercise science, psychology, and sociology in order to best prepare students for admission into a professional health studies program. Although application for admission into these professional programs must be sought independently by the student, advisers will assist in mapping out a program of study to meet prerequisites for admission into professional programs hosted at other institutions.
The emphasis of this program is to prepare the student for post-graduate education. Students that do not pursue admission to a graduate program will be prepared for other careers in the field of health, wellness, and sport.