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» Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences or Applied Human Physiology

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The Department of Health Sciences offers two Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degrees.  Both degrees/majors are designed to prepare students for graduate work leading to careers in health care fields.  The B.S. in Health Sciences offer a combination of basic science, behavioral science, and health science courses that provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of health and healthcare in today's society.  The elective choices are “areas of study” that fulfill the requirements for various healthcare professions.  The B.S. in Applied Human Physiology is the study of human motion as it relates to physical activity, health, exercise, and nutrition in relation to disease prevention and athletic performance.  The elective choices offer an interdisciplinary approach that allows students to have focus areas in nutrition and/or exercise physiology.  Both B.S. degrees require core science courses that fulfills the common science prerequisites for admission into medical school and graduate health care professional degree programs.

The faculty are committed to providing personalized instruction combined with theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience.  The rigor of the curriculum helps to make our graduates attractive candidates for advanced degrees and careers in health related professions.  In addition, we have laboratories and offer laboratory experiences for undergraduates that are usually reserved for graduate students.  For example, students learn virtual anatomy in a human cadaver lab and they will learn how to interpret an electrocardiogram in our human performance lab.  Next, students are given opportunities to gain clinical experience in various health care professions where recruiters from various local hospitals are invited to discuss their Clinical Care Extender Program with our students.  Finally, we offer research opportunities in the labs of our faculty for students interested in receiving School Honors. 

+ - Program Advising

Students are assigned two advisors.  One is an academic advisor who assists students in the registration process as well as guide students to ensure they have met all the General Education requirements.  The other is a faculty advisor (Health Science & Applied Human Physiology faculty member) who will guide students to help ensure they have fulfilled all the Departmental requirements.  In addition, the faculty advisor will provide mentorship pertaining to various health care professions.  Finally, students will have access to a Student Peer Advisor.  This individual can assist students in basic questions pertaining to coursework, student clubs, and tutoring services.

Faculty Advisor
Please contact your faculty advisor directly. If you don’t know who your faculty advisor is, please check If you don’t see a faculty advisor listed in, please contact the Department of Health Sciences, or the student peer advisor in your major (see below).   Contact information for all Department of Health Sciences faculty members can be found on the Crean College Faculty Directory. If you are a prospective student, please contact the student peer advisor in your major for general information.


Applied Human Physiology Academic Advising: Michael Gamez
Health Sciences Academic Advising: Michael Gamez

HS Student Peer Advisor:
Please email Michelle at

Spring 2018 Office Hours:
Monday 10:00am-12:00pm @ AF by Jamba Juice
Tuesday 1:30pm-3:30pm @ Crean Hall Atrium
Thursday 2:30pm-4:30pm @ Crean Hall Atrium
email Michelle for a prearranged time

Applied Human Physiology Student Peer Advisor:

Please email Erin at

Spring 2018 Office Hours:

Mondays 9:30-11:00am  - Crean Hall Atrium
Tuesday 9:00-10:00am - Crean Hall Atrium
Wednesday 9:30-11:00am- Crean Hall Atrium
email Erin for a prearranged time


Students interested in medical school can contact their science faculty advisor or any of the faculty listed below.  Students interested in health care professions other than an allopathic medical school can contact the following individuals listed below who have knowledge for each specialty indicated:

Dentistry - Dr. Rowland-Goldsmith (
Veterinary - Dr. Dan Wellman (
Pharmacy - Dr. Elaine Schwartz (
Optometry - Dr. Frank Frisch (
Osteopathic Medicine - Dr. Marcia Abbott (
PT, OT, PA, and NP - Dr. Ken Sumida (

+ - 4-Year Plan

Potential 4 year Schedule for
Applied Human Physiology Majors with focus on the
Degree Requirements (no GE courses are included)








BIO 204-204 L

CHEM 140/140L

MATH 110

HSK 101

Science Elective

CHEM 150/150L

MATH 111







PHYSICS 107/107L

HSK/ BIO 210/210L

MATH 203 or PSY 203


PHYSICS 108/108L

HSK/ BIO 365 or 366/366L

AHP Elective







HSK/BIO 365 or 366/366L

Science Elective


AHP 350/350L

Science Elective







AHP Elective

AHP 450 or AHP Elective


AHP 498

AHP 450 or AHP Elective

Note: A list of Applied Human Physiology (AHP) Elective courses and Science Elective courses are listed in the catalog.

+ - Faculty and Student Research


Joo, W., H. Singh, C.P. Ahles, Y. Lee, W. Colazas, L.C. Lee, R.A. Pierce, A. Prakash, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida.  Training-induced increase in bone mineral density between growing male and female rats. International Journal of Sports Medicine 36: 992-998, 2015.

Ahles, C.P., H. Singh, W. Joo, Y. Lee, L.C. Lee, W. Colazas, R.A. Pierce, A. Prakash, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida.  High volumes of resistance exercise are not required for greater bone mineral density during growth.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 45(1): 36-42, 2013.

Horani, M., A. Dror, D. Holland, F. Caporaso, K.D. Sumida, and F. Frisch.  Prevalence of vitamin D3 deficiency in Orange County residents.  Journal of Community Health 36(5): 760-764, 2011.

Pierce, R.A., L.C. Lee, C.P. Ahles, S.M. Shdo, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida.  Different training volumes yield equivalent increases in BMD.  International Journal of Sports Medicine 31: 803-809, 2010.

Kayser, B.D.,  J.K. Godfrey, R.M. Cunningham, R.A. Pierce, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida.  Equal BMD after daily or triweekly exercise in growing rats.  International Journal of Sports Medicine 31: 44-50, 2010.

Godfrey, J.K., B.D. Kayser, G.V. Gomez, J. Bennett, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida.  Interrupted resistance training & BMD in growing rats.  International Journal of Sports Medicine 30: 579-584, 2009.

Goettsch, B.M., M.Z. Smith, J.A. O’Brien, G.V. Gomez, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida.  Interrupted vs. uninterrupted training on BMD during growth.   International Journal of Sports Medicine 29: 980-986, 2008.

Smith, M.Z., B.M. Goettsch, R.D. Van Ramshorst, J.A. O’Brien, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida.  Resistance training & bone mineral density during growth.   International Journal of Sports Medicine 29: 316-321, 2008.

Krolopp JE, Thornton SM, Abbott MJ.  IL-15 Activates the Jak3/STAT3 Signaling Pathway to Mediate Glucose Uptake in Skeletal Muscle Cells.  Frontiers in Physiology. 2016; 7:626.

Thornton SM, Krolopp JE, Abbott MJ.  IL-15 Mediates Mitochondrial Activity through a PPARδ-Dependent-PPARα-Independent Mechanism in Skeletal Muscle Cells. PPAR Research, 2016; 2016:5465804.

For the above manuscript listings, the names of student authors are underlined.


Student Research Awards:

Woojin Joo (2012), Suzie Shdo (2010), James Godfrey (2008), and Brady Slater (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Sumida, were either awarded or among the finalist for the David Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract sponsored by the American Physiological Society.

Lucy Lee (2010) and Brittany Goettsch (2007), under the supervision of Dr. Sumida, were awarded second place for their presentation of data at the Graduate Women in Science annual meeting.

Shantae Thornton (2016), under the supervision of Dr. Abbott won the John C. Johnson award for excellence in undergraduate research poster presentation at the Tri Beta Pacific District Conference at Cal Poly Pomona, 2016.

+ - Faculty Publications

Abbott  MJ, Roth TM, Ho L,  Wang L, O’Carroll D, Nissenson RA. Negative Skeletal Effects of Locally Produced Adiponectin.  PloS one 10 (7), e0134290

Abbott, M.J. and L.P. Turcotte.  AMPKα2 is involved in exercise training-induced adaptations in insulin- stimulated metabolism in skeletal muscle following high fat diet. J Appl Physiol. 2014 117:869-79.

Abbott, M.J., T Tang, M. Ahmadian, A.B. Lopes, Y. Wang, and H.S. Sul. Desnutrin/ATGL activates PPARδ to promote mitochondrial function for insulin secretion in islet β cells.  Cell Metabolism, 18:883-97, 2013.

Wattanachanya, L., W.D. Lu, R.K. Kundu, L. Wang, M.J. Abbott, D. O’Carroll, T. Quertermous, and R.A. Nissenson.  Increased bone mass in mice lacking the adipokine apelin.  Endocrinology, 154:2069- 80, 2013.

Kao, R.S., M.J. Abbott, A. Louie, D. O'Carroll, W.D. Lu, and R.A. Nissenson.  Constitutive protein kinase A activity in osteocytes produces an anabolic effect on bone.  Bone. 55:277-87, 2013.

Turcotte, L.P. and M.J. Abbott.  Contraction-induced signaling: Evidence of convergent cascades in the regulation of muscle fatty acid metabolism. Canadian J Physiol and Pharmacol. 90:1419-1433, 2012.

Abbott, M.J., S. Constantinescu, and L.P. Turcotte. AMPKα2 is an essential signal in the regulation of insulin-stimulated fatty acid uptake in control-fed and high fat-fed mice.  Exper Physiol. 97:603-17, 2012.

Ahmadian, M., M.J. Abbott, T. Tang, C.S.S. Hudak, Y. Kim, M. Bruss, M.K. Hellerstein, H.Y. Lee, V.T. Samuel, G.I. Shulman, Y. Wang, R.E. Duncan, C. Kang, and H.S. Sul.  Desnutrin/ATGL is regulated by AMPK and is required for a brown adipose phenotype.  Cell Metabolism. 13:739-748, 2011.

Abbott, M.J., L.D. Bogachus, and L.P. Turcotte. AMPKα2 deficiency uncovers time-dependency in the regulation of contraction-induced substrate metabolism in mouse muscle. J Appl Physiol. 111:125-134, 2011. 

Abbott, M.J., T Tang, and H.S. Sul. The role of phospholipase A2-derived mediators in obesity.  Drug Discovery Today: Disease Mechanisms. 8(1), 2011.

Kelly, K.R., M.J. Abbott, and L.P. Turcotte.  Short-term AMPK activation enhances insulin-sensitive FA uptake and oxidation in L6 muscle cells.  Experimental Biology and Medicine. 235:514-521, 2010.

Abbott, M.J., AM Edelman, and L.P. Turcotte. CaMKK is an upstream signal for AMPK in the regulation of fatty acid metabolism in rat skeletal muscle.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol.  297:1724- 1732, 2009.

Kelly, K.R., C.K. Sung, M.J. Abbott, and L.P. Turcotte. PI3K-dependent insulin regulation of LCFA metabolism in L6 muscle cells:  Involvement of aPKC-ζ in LCFA uptake but not oxidation.  Journal of Endocrinology.  198:375-84, 2008.

Kim SJ, Tang T, Abbott MJ, Viscarra JA, Wang A, Sul HS.  AMPK phosphorylates desnutrin/ATGL and hormone-sensitive lipase to regulate lipolysis and fatty acid oxidation within adipose tissue. Molecular and cellular biology.  2016; 36: 1961-1976. 

Lessor, R. 2012. “Self-Help Movement(s).”  The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Edited by D. Snow, D. della Porta, B. Klandermans, and D. McAdam. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Snow, D. and R. Lessor. 2012.  “Consciousness, Conscience, and Social Movements.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Edited by D. Snow, D. della Porta, B. Klandermans, and D. McAdam. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Snow, D. and R. Lessor.  2010. “Frame Hazards in the Health Arena: The Cases of Obesity, Work Related Illnesses, and Human Egg Donation.” In Social Movements and the Transformation of U. S. Health Care, edited by J. Banaszak-Holl, M. Zald, and S. Levitsky. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lessor, R. 2008. “Adjudicating Frame Shifts and Frame Disputes in the New Millennial University: The Role of the Dean,” The American Sociologist, Volume 39, Numbers 2-3, Pp. 114-129.

Sternlicht, E., F. Frisch, and K.D. Sumida.  Zumba® fitness workouts: are they an appropriate alternative to running or cycling?  Sport Sciences for Health 9(3): 155-159, 2013.

Caporaso, F., F. Frisch, and K.D. Sumida.  Compromised bone health in non-obese, older women with low caloric intake.  Journal of Community Health 36(4): 559-564, 2011.

Rugg, S. and E. Sternlicht. The effect of graduated compression tights, compared to running shorts, on counter movement jump performance before and after submaximal running. J. Strength Cond. Res. 27(4): 1067-1073, 2013.

Sternlicht, E., S. Rugg, L. Fujii, K. Tomomitsu, and M. Seki. Electromyographic comparison of a stability ball crunch with a traditional crunch. J. Strength Cond. Res. 21(2): 506-509, 2007.

Sternlicht, E., S. Rugg, M. Bernstein, and S. Armstrong. Electromyographic analysis and comparison of selected abdominal training devices with a traditional crunch. J. Strength Cond. Res. 19(1): 157-162, 2005.

Sumida, K.D., J.M. Hill, and A.V. Matveyenko.  Sex differences in hepatic gluconeogenic capacity after chronic alcohol consumption.  Clinical Medicine & Research 5(3): 193-202, 2007.

Sumida, K.D., A.A.. Cogger, and A.V. Matveyenko.  Alcohol-induced suppression of gluconeogenesis is greater in ethanol fed female rat hepatocytes than males.  Alcohol 41(2): 67-75, 2007.

Sumida, K.D., J.H. Urdiales, and C.M. Donovan.  Impact of flow rate on lactate uptake and gluconeogenesis in glucagon-stimulated perfused livers.  American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology & Metabolism 290(1): E185-E191, 2006.

Sumida, K.D., J.H. Urdiales, and C.M. Donovan.  Lactate delivery (not oxygen) limits hepatic gluconeogenesis when blood flow is reduced.  American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology & Metabolism 290(1): E192-E198, 2006.

Sumida, K.D., A.A. Cogger, S.M. Arimoto, and A.V. Matveyenko.  Opposing effects of chronic alcohol consumption on hepatic gluconeogenesis for female versus male rats.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 29(10): 1899-1905, 2005.

Sumida, K.D., S.C. Crandall, P.L. Chadha, and T. Qureshi.  Differential effects of alcohol upon gluconeogenesis from lactate in young and old hepatocytes.  Experimental Gerontology 40(4): 324-329, 2005.

Wang L, Roth t, Abbott MJ, Ho L, Wattanachanya L, Nissenson RA. Osteoblast-derived FGF9 regulates skeletal homeostasis, Bone; 2017, in press

+ - Internship Opportunities

Every Spring semester (during a Major’s Meeting), recruiters for the Clinical Care Extender Program from local hospitals and owners from rehabilitation clinics are invited to introduce their program to our majors.  Interested students can sign up to gain clinical experience at these hospitals or clinics.  Clinical experience hours are required for admission into any health care profession.

+ - Student Clubs

Tri-Beta (National Science Student Honor Society)
Tri-Beta is a national honors biological society, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research, particularly for undergraduate students. The Chapman University Chapter of Beta Beta Beta holds bi-weekly meetings that are a time to connect with fellow students following the same pursuits and consist of graduate school preparation, guest speakers, and preparation for our service events. There are no GPA requirement for becoming an associate member. In order to become a full member of Tri-Beta, a B grade average must be obtained in 3 separate biology courses.

Club President: Anne Roffler –

Pre-PT/OT Club
The Pre-PT/Pre-OT Club is committed to the advancement of education and research opportunities to students passionate about the fields of physical therapy and/or occupational therapy. We provide opportunities to meet with admission officers from graduate programs and help students secure internships and prepare for interviews. Our goal is to provide students with the resources and educational tools that will lead them toward a successful future.


Alex Lee (Occupational Therapy) -
Matthew Eclevia (Physical Therapy) –
Club Email:

Pre-Dental Society
Chapman's Pre-Dental Society aims to provide students with resources to help them pursue a career in dentistry. By providing information via guest speakers and current students, we aim to give insight into the field of dentistry and share valuable knowledge so that students will be intelligent, informed, and prepared for dental school.

Alyssa Nowlen -
Club Email:

Pre-PA Club

The Pre-Physician Assistant Club aims to provide students with opportunities and resources to enhance their medical experience and enthusiasm for the physician assistant profession. The club provides educational tools, clinical experience, and guidance for pre-physician assistant students towards a successful medical education. The club brings admission officers from nearby PA schools and physician assistants to campus, as well as provide opportunities for clinical experience in the surrounding community. Through our meetings we foster a community of dedicated Chapman students and future physician assistants.

President:  Kristina Narbutas –
Club Email:

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association Pre-Medical Chapter of Chapman University (AMSA) is committed to providing the educational tools and resources needed for pre-medical and pre-health students to successfully navigate the path towards the next phase of their medical education. Through research, health seminars, community service, clinical experience, and physician interaction we aim to nurture a community of students dedicated to a life-long interest and career in the field of medicine.

President:  Nilsha Khurana –
Club Email:

Global Medical Brigades

Global Medical Brigades spends the school year fundraising and collecting medical supplies to prepare to brigade in a foreign country. This year the brigade will be traveling to Nicaragua. The brigade allows students to set up a clinic in an impoverished area of the country and provide much needed medical care to those who wouldn't normally get that care.

President: Kirsten Heckerman-
Club Email:

Athletic Training Student Society (ATSS)

The ATTS is an on-campus organization specifically crafted for students pursuing a career in Athletic Training. The purpose of ATSS is to promote professional development of Athletic Training Students by providing opportunities of academic expression and key career contacts. ATSS offers special events such as networking with leading professionals, attending conferences throughout the year, community service, and social events with club members.

Club email:

Emergency Medical Education Club
The Emergency Medical Education Club is a group intended to introduce students to the field of emergency medicine both as providers and bystanders. During the semester we will have guest speakers come in to discuss different topics such as jobs in the field, medical emergencies and emergency preparedness.  We will also offer resources for those interested to further their education. We will bring some resources to campus and we will also bring students to different training events off campus. For example, the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Foundation Conference is an event in which we will meet and discuss topics specifically relating to college students/EMTs across the country.

President: Thalie Schweiger –

+ - Alumni Spotlight

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PA (Marshall B. Ketchum University)
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Podiatry (Western University College of Podiatric Medicine)
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Dentistry (University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry)
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PT (University of Southern California)
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MPH (University of Washington)
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Nursing (Vanderbilt University)

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DPT (Columbia University)

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Boston University)
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DPT (University of California, San Francisco)
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MD (Boston University School of Medicine)


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