The overall mission of the Department of Health Sciences is to provide educational opportunities and accredited academic programs for students interested in entering a health field, as well as experienced health professionals who wish to further their career opportunities. The curriculum emphasizes a view that health is different from illness and is designed to teach new students and practicing health professionals this difference. The undergraduate and graduate curricula permit students to earn a baccalaureate or master's degree reflecting expertise in the health sciences, while focusing on an applied health-related area. Upon graduation, these health professionals will implement the concepts they have learned and direct the efforts of the public in the promotion, enhancement and maintenance of health and in the prevention of health problems.
Dr. Bryan Riemann, professor of Sports Medicine, directs this multidisciplinary research center in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences' Physical Therapy program. This facility, dedicated to studying the prevention, evaluation and treatment of movement-related disease and injury, includes three laboratories: biomechanics, exercise physiology and muscle performance.