Human Health Science prepares students for 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 to best prepare students for admission into a professional health studies program. 

Making a Difference Through the Study of Human Health Science
Student learning is advanced by building a foundation of knowledge through courses including anatomy and kinesiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology that then transfers into practical environments. Student experience is strengthened in the human performance lab, performing industry relevant assessment tests. Additionally, students are advised by faculty with over 15 years of experience in biomechanics and exercise science. 

Degree Distinctive

Students have full access to the 1,200-square-foot Knox-Coit Human Performance Lab in the Stoltz Sports Center where they can perform industry relevant assessment tests.

Career Opportunities

The Human Health Science program prepares students for future admission into a professional graduate study program in health science fields such as sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic studies.


Human Health Science Faculty/Staff

Kevin Cattani

Kevin CattaniDirector of Master in Management – Sport Management (MMSM) Program; Professor of Sport Marketing and Management

Phone: 563.589.3454 Fax: 563.589.3410 Department: Health, Wellness, and Sport Office: 311 Smith Hall


  • PhD, University of Florida
  • MS, University of Florida
  • BS, University of Florida
James Romagna

James RomagnaAssistant Professor of Health, Wellness, and Sport

Phone: 563.589.3402 Fax: 563.589.3410 Department: Health, Wellness, and Sport Office: 315 Smith Hall


  • EdD, National Louis University
  • MA, Loras College
  • BA, Loras College
Joshua Thomas

Joshua ThomasDepartment Head - Health, Wellness, and Sport; Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Phone: 563.589.3186 Fax: 563.589.3410 Department: Health, Wellness, and Sport Office: 313 Smith Hall


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