Health and Exercise Science Institute

Workout your future. Master the essentials of health, exercise, and overall wellness.

Are you interested in health and how exercise can help you be healthier? Have you wondered how the body works, and the testing practices used to identify and treat diseases? Gain hands-on experience in the health and exercise science field and insight into the many career opportunities available in the different disciplines of exercise science. Students will learn from Wake Forest faculty about the different systems in the body, practice using technology for health procedures like blood pressure and electromyography (EMG), and tour campus facilities dedicated to health and fitness.

*The above content is representative of the Summer Immersion Program on-campus experience.

At a Glance


Dates: June 8, 2020 – June 11, 2020

*The Online Health and Exercise Science Institute is closed for registration.

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 4-day session (Mon. – Thurs.)

Daily Hours: 1:00 – 4:30 PM (EST)

Program Tuition: $700

Location: Online

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Health and Exercise Science Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Cardiovascular Anatomy and Health
  • Body Composition
  • Pulmonary Anatomy and Health
  • Muscle Function
  • Cardio-respiratory Testing
  • Fitness Benefits

Virtual Experience:

  • Heart/lung anatomy lab
  • Heart rate and blood pressure testing
  • Body composition testing
  • Pulmonary testing
  • Muscle EMG
  • Strength/fitness testing
  • Cardio-respiratory testing

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

Health and Exercise Science Institute Costs:

Online | $700

Wake Forest undergraduate students present the results of their research at a poster display in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library during the annual Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Wake Forest Health and Exercise Science professor Steve Messier is the lead researcher in the TRAILS study, a longitudinal study of running injuries. Messier and graduate student Mackenzie Hoops watch senior Greg Billington ('11) run on the test track in the lab in Reynolds Gym on Friday, November 5, 2010.
Wake Forest Health and Exercise Science graduate students teach exercise skills in their HES 101: Exercise for Health classes in Reynolds Gym. (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IS A SET-UP SHOT USING GRADUATE STUDENTS.)

A Day in the Life

  • 1:00 PM – Sign-on
  • 1:05 PM – Norms surrounding online learning
  • 1:10 PM – Deacon Dive In- Welcome to Wake Forest University!
  • 1:15 PM – Online Icebreaker – Get to Know Our Cohort
  • 1:30 PM – Welcome from Academic Leader- Dr. Ted Eaves
  • 1:40 PM – Session 1 Topic: Cardiovascular anatomy
  • 2:10 PM – Session 1: Q and A
  • 2:25 PM – Break
  • 2:30 PM – Session 2 Topic: Blood pressure/pulse/Exercise HR
  • 3:00 PM – Session 2 – Q&A
  • 3:15 PM – Academic Leader Daily Challenge, Whole Group Discussion – Polls, Q&A
  • 3:30 PM – Deacon Discussion- Wake Forest Student Mentors, Q&A
  • 4:30 PM – Wrap Up from Academic Leader

*Schedule is subject to change.

Dates for Summer 2021 will be announced on November 1, 2020.

Ted Eaves Ted Eaves, EdD, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Academic Leader, Health and Exercise Science Institute

Dr. Eaves received his BS from the College of William & Mary. He then earned his MS from Michigan State and his EdD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Eaves teaches Biomechanics of Human Movement and Human Anatomy, as well as Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology. Dr. Eaves has authored the textbook The Practical Guide to Athletic Training, and his research interests include the use of spit tobacco in high school baseball coaches.