New Health and Sports Science Courses Offered in Woodward

September 17, 2020

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Woodward campus is now able to bring its students more classes within the area of health and sports science education because of the recent hiring of Dr. Jonathan Thomason as that location’s new dean.

Thomason, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in kinesiology from the University of North Texas, a doctorate of philosophy in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas and has experience teaching a wide array of physical education courses, will be teaching multiple health and sports science courses each semester, a change from the one Wellness Concepts class offered in the past.

“We’re excited about the opportunity for expanded course offerings in health and sports science on the Woodward campus,” said Shane Hansen, instructor of health and sports science and chair of the department. “The health and sports science option I degree is a wide-ranging program for people seeking a career in the ever-evolving health profession. Dr. Thomason has a strong background in this field and is a tremendous asset for this program moving forward.”

Currently, the plan is to have Thomason teaching two different courses each semester within this degree program to allow students the ability to acquire a majority of this degree in Woodward. This semester, Thomason is teaching Wellness Concepts and also Organization and Administration of Health and Physical Education.

During the spring semester, he will be teaching School and Community Health as well as Nutrition. Students majoring in option 1 of this program are required to choose a minor, and they may choose any minor offered at Northwestern.

To learn more about the health and sports science education program visit or contact Hansen at (580) 327-8628 or


Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist, 580-327-8480

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