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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The School of Health Studies

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Richard J. Bloomer, PhD, Interim Director
106 Roane Fieldhouse

The School of Health Studies (SHS) provides students with a quality education focused on the fundamental principles of health, exercise, nutrition, and physical activity, while equipping them with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills needed to fulfill leadership roles in their chosen area of specialty. From introductory courses in health and wellness, to specialized courses in nutrition therapy, biomechanics, health sciences, exercise physiology, and physical education teacher education, students are taught to analyze and synthesize data, and to develop alternative approaches to problem solving. As a result, students are prepared to move rapidly upward in their chosen career path upon graduation, whether seeking employment or advanced graduate study.

Undergraduate degrees in SHS may prepare students for graduate work in a variety of settings (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education and recreation, strength and conditioning, medicine, physician assistant, dietetics and clinical nutrition, and more). Faculty members serve as mentors to students through laboratory and research activities, as well as through internships and study abroad opportunities. Five undergraduate and six graduate degree programs are currently offered within SHS. In addition, a University-wide physical activity program is coordinated through SHS.

Academic Programs

Health Studies (Concentrations in Dietetics; Exercise, Sport, & Movement Sciences; Health Sciences; Healthcare Leadership)

Physical Education Teacher Education


Within the School of Health Studies, undergraduate internship experiences are required and designed as culminating experiences that provide extensive, as well as intensive, hands-on work experience opportunities. The intern, while still a student, is expected to assume a responsible and comprehensive role that is commensurate with that of a full-time professional. Interns, in collaboration with their supervisors, are expected to establish objectives to be achieved during the internship experience. Credit hours assigned to internships range from 3 to 12 hours, depending on the requirements of various concentrations in the school.

Students enrolling in internship programs must complete prerequisites and program requirements in placements arranged by Dr. Stan Walls, SHS Coordinator of Internships, with the exception of Dietetics students who should contact Mary Catherine Schallert.
Example Internship Sites

  • St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Ahead of the Game
  • Baptist Hospital Cardiac Wellness
  • Methodist Hospital Cardiac Wellness
  • Campbell’s Clinic
  • Christ Community Medical Clinic
  • Desoto Athletic Club
  • Metro YMCA’s
  • Federal Express Wellness Center
  • Harbor of Health Wellness Center
  • Health South Rehabilitation
  • Hope & Healing Center
  • Jewish Community Center
  • University Club
  • Le Bonheur Children’s Research Hospital
  • Memphis Country Club
  • Nike Fitness
  • Physiotherapy Associates
  • University of Tennessee Medical School
  • V.A. Medical Center
  • Tennessee State Parks
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Kroger St. Jude International Indoor
  • Lichterman Nature Center
  • Main Event Production, Inc.
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Memphis in May
  • Memphis International Motor Sports Park
  • Navy Moral, Welfare & Recreation
  • Liberty Bowl Game
  • Skinner Handicap Center
  • University of Memphis Athletic Dept.
  • UofM Human Performance Laboratories

Study Abroad Programs

Each year, faculty members within the School of Health Studies lead students on a study abroad expedition. Students receive course credit and greatly benefit from the overall experience. For information pertaining to the upcoming trip, please contact Dr. Yuhua Li or Mary Catherine Schallert.

For Additional Information, Application, Scholarship Information: Click here.

Research Opportunities

School of Health Studies Research

Faculty investigators within The School of Health Studies (SHS) are highly engaged in research within their respective disciplines. Some faculty are world-renown, developing and overseeing novel and focused research programs that command attention from investigators, clinicians, and other health specialists from around the world. Research within the SHS is funded through both internal and external sources, with faculty collectively securing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support their work.

Due to the diversity of the academic disciplines within the SHS, several laboratories and supportive research areas exist, which provide resources to faculty and post-doctoral fellows, as well as to graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Within and outside of the SHS, facilities are available to support cell culture studies, pre-clinical animal investigations (from rodent to pig models), and human clinical investigations. Our current equipment inventory for laboratories within the SHS can be seen here.

Faculty investigators in the SHS are regularly seeking research participants. Please click here to see the current list of studies for which active recruitment is now taking place.

SHS Research Facilities


  • School of Health Studies Basic Research Laboratory

    Directors: Randy Buddington, PhD and Karyl Buddington, DVM
  • Buddington Nutrition Research Laboratory

    Director: Randy Buddington, PhD
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory

    Director: Marie van der Merwe, PhD
  • Bone Densitometry and Body Composition Laboratory

    Director: Matthew Butawan
  • Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory

    Director: Richard J. Bloomer, PhD
  • Exercise Instructional Laboratory

    Director: Robert Townsend, MS
  • Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory

    Director: Lawrence W. Weiss, EdD
  • Exercise Training Intervention Laboratory

    Director: Robert Townsend, MS
  • Motor Behavior Laboratory

    Director: Yuhua Li, PhD

In addition to the above facilities, which are directed by SHS faculty, several other research resources are available both on and off-campus. For example, on-campus facilities such as The Integrated Microscopy Center (IMC) and The W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research are available to support faculty research. Off-campus opportunities for collaboration are multiple, with investigators at The University of TN Health Science Center, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in addition to various medical device companies within the Memphis area.

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