James Madison University
PHOTO: Melissa Rittenhouse

Dr. Melissa Rittenhouse


  • Office: HHS 3141
  • Phone: 540-568-8971
  • Email: rittenma@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4301
    801 Carrier Drive
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Ph.D., Kent State University
  • M.S.,  Georgia State University
  • B.S., University of Dayton

Teaching Area

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Wellness
  • Nutrition Assessment and Patient Care


  • Nutrition and Athletic Performance and Recovery
  • Weight Management


  • Running
  • Being Outdoors
  • Traveling



  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • Health Sciences has BLACKOUT dates of September 15th and February 15th. You must be declared by September 15th to add HTH courses in the following Spring semester and by February 15th for the following Fall semester. There are NO exceptions.
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  • University Hours
    May 11 - August 21
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Monday – Thursday.
    8:00 a.m. - noon on Friday.

Welcome from Health Sciences

PHOTO: Allen LewisHealth is one of the most important disciplines in today’s world. Given the current and future global demand for well trained and passionate health professionals, now is an ideal time to study in our department. We urge you to learn about our programs to see where your future ambitions fit. More >