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.

At a Glance


Dates: Summer 2021 dates will be announced on November 1, 2020

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Program Tuition: $2,500

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

Day or Overnight Program: Overnight

*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/Pulmonary Anatomy and Health
  • Careers in Health and Exercise Science
  • Muscle Function
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Strength and Conditioning

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Lab
  • Muscle Function Testing
  • Pulmonary Testing
  • Strength and Fitness Conditioning
  • Cardio-Respiratory Evaluation

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Health and Exercise Science Institute Cost:

Winston-Salem (Overnight) | $2,500

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

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome from Dr. Eaves and Program Ambassadors
  • 9:30 am – Pulmonary Function Testing
  • 10:30 am – Measuring PFTs
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Tour of Strength and Conditioning Center at WFU Football Center
  • 3:00 pm – Strength and Agility Tests/Drills with WFU Director of Sports Performance
  • 5:00 pm – Debrief of the Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change.

Meet Your Academic Leader

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

Academic Leader, Health and Exercise Science Institute

Dr. Eaves received his Bachelors of Science from the College of William & Mary. He then earned his Masters of Science from Michigan State University and his Doctorate in Education 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 at Wake Forest. 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.