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Dean Joyner Named Health Care Hero

The Georgia Medical Society presented its 19th Annual Health Care Heroes Awards in November. During the banquet, Waters College of Health Professions Dean, A. Barry Joyner, Ph.D., was named the recipient of the Health Care Hero Award in the Health Care Education Category.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations for their involvement in making health care better in the community by conducting or sponsoring educational activities that improve quality of life.

“While it is an honor to receive this award, it’s a true representation of the ongoing effort the Waters College of Health Professions is making in preparing students for their future roles in health care,” stated Joyner. Additionally, the award demonstrates the College’s value of not only serving the community, but continuing to provide opportunities for our students to work in collaboration with the community.”

About the Waters College of Health Professions
The Waters College of Health Professions is one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. The College was established to provide comprehensive and innovative programs that enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities within a global society. The College’s nationally accredited programs train outstanding leaders through engaged teaching and learning opportunities, scholarly and creative research and socially responsive service activities. With a commitment to interdisciplinary learning and professional excellence, the College prepares the next generation for success. For more information visit

College Programs Receive National Rankings

Georgia Southern University has received multiple national rankings from for programs housed in the Waters College of Health Professions (WCHP). WCHP offers a variety of degree programs that aim to prepare students for careers in health professions. aims to provide students with the resources they need to make informed decisions about higher education programs.
Programs were evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. For a program to be included in the rankings, it had to be accredited through regional or national accrediting bodies. 
WCHP has been recognized for the following degree programs:
Sports Management Degree Programs | Ranked #1
Master’s in Sports Management Degree Programs | Ranked #1
Sports Medicine Degree Programs | Ranked #7
Master’s in Sports Medicine Degree Programs | Ranked #10
Respiratory Therapy Degree Programs | Ranked #14
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Programs | Ranked #26

Department Hosts NSCA Event

Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology Assistant Professor Greg Ryan, Ph.D., hosted the annual Georgia State Clinic for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) November 9th on the Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus.

The annual clinic provides attendees with the opportunity to network with industry experts, examine cutting-edge research and participate in hands-on demonstrations, all while earning continuing education units. In addition to hosting the event, several Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology faculty presented at the event.

Bridget Melton, Ed.D., professor, led a 30 minute hands-on demonstration showing attendees how to use the FMS with athletes and Assistant Professor Megan Byrd, Ph.D., demonstrated how to implement the Sport Psychology Technique through technology. Ron Snarr, Ph.D., assistant professor, presented research titled, “Clearing up the Confusion of High-Intensity Interval Training.”

Future Nurses Recognized

The School of Nursing recognized 146 nursing students at its Annual White Coat Ceremony. The event, which signifies a student’s progression into the Nursing program, was held on the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus in Savannah on September 14, 2019.

The White Coat Ceremony is designed to emphasize the commitment of patient-centered care for incoming nurses. During the ceremony, participants recited an oath committing to high-quality care. Kendra Johnson, senior nursing major, served as the speaker for the ceremony.

Congratulations to WCHP alumni who have been named 40 under 40 honorees

NameClass YearDegreeProfession
Rahman Anjorin2009BS Kinesiology, Exercise SciencePlayer Manager-NFL Player Association
Dana Bostic 2003BS Medical Technology Assistant Professor – University of Kansas Medical Center
Christopher Brown 2005/2010 BS Biology                                                             
Master of Health Service Administration
Chief of Medical Compliance- United States Air Force
Victor Cabral 2006/2013 Bachelor of General Studies       
MS Kinesiology
Assistant Football Coach/Recruiting Coordinator- Georgia Southern University

MaCorius Harris 2006BS Kinesiology, Exercise Science Owner/Physical Therapist – Valor Performance Therapy
Terrence Mabry
BS Kinesiology, Sports Medicine/Athletic Training 

Master of Health Services Administration
Regional Reimbursement Director, Central United States -MiMedix Incorporated
JaBre Scott 2005 BS Sports Management Partnership in Business Development – Payscape
Yahaziel Simon 2008
BS Kinesiology, Exercise Science
General Dentist – United States Navy
Gemma Skuraton 2012/2014/2018 BS Kinesiology, Athletic Training/Exercise Science 

Masters of Public Health

Doctor of Public Health
Health Promotion Coordinator
Zakiyyah Weatherspoon 2005/2011 BS Nursing                                                   
MS Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner – Valdosta Family Medicine