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.

Year One

Fall Semester
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)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
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)


Year Two

Fall Semester
HWS 241: Anatomy and Kinesiology (3)
PHY 151: Physics I (4)
HWS 246: Human Nutrition (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3) 

J-Term
Recommended 

Spring Semester
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)


Year Three

Fall Semester
CHM 111: General Chemistry I (4)
UDMA 230: Statistics (3)
HWS 311: Geriatrics (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3) or other REL Course
 
J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
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


Year Four

Fall Semester
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)

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
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)

 

James Romagna
James Romagna
Department Head Health, Wellness and Sport; Assistant Professor

MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3402
E-mail: jromagna@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 315 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Kevin P. Cattani
Kevin P. Cattani
Associate Professor of Sport Marketing & Management/Director of Sports Marketing

PhD, University of Florida
MS, University of Florida
BS, University of Florida

Office Phone: 563.589.3454
E-mail: kcattani@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 311 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.589-3410


Dan Duclos
Dan Duclos
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences


E-mail: dduclos@dbq.edu 

Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country
Adjunct Faculty

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3860
E-mail: CGunnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
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

IIAC Finishes            Men            Women
Season Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
2012 4th 6th 7th 8th
2013 3rd 4th 6th 6th
2014 4th 4th 3rd 5th
2015 3rd 4th 3rd 5th
2016 5th 4th  4th 3rd 
2017 1st 4th  4th 4th 

Jose Reinoso
Jose Reinoso
Coordinator of Intramural Sports
Adjunct Faculty

BA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3845
E-mail: JReinoso@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3742

Joseph Sabin
Joseph Sabin
Assistant Professor

JD, University of Mississippi
MS, University of Southern Mississippi
BS and BA, University of Southern Mississippi

Office Phone: 563.589.3556
E-mail: jsabin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Smith Hall

Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

PhD, Iowa State University
MS, Iowa State University
BA, Northwestern College (IA)

Office Phone: 563.589.3186
E-mail: jmthomas@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 313 Smith Hall


Jon West
Jon West
Adjunct Education and Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Sport

BA, University of Dubuque
MA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: jwest@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

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.

BS Opportunities

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.

Post-graduate Opportunities

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.