Heather D. Kearns


Heather D. Kearns.

Heather D. Kearns


Heather D. Kearns


Undergraduate Program Director
Undergraduate Program Academic Advisor

Contact Information

210C Kimball Tower

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6707

Fax: (716) 829-2428



Heather Kearns, MPH, MCHES, is the Undergraduate Program Director for the Exercise Science program. She oversees the undergraduate academic program, including curriculum review, program accreditation and policies and procedures. Kearns also teaches the following courses:

  • ES 200 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • ES 428/528 Health Promotion, Prevention and Wellness
  • ES 435/535 Health Coaching and Behavior Modification
  • NTR 108 Human Nutrition 

Previously, Kearns worked with Cigna as a Health Advocate Manager, providing oversight to a team of onsite Health Advocates throughout the eastern U.S. She also worked as the Health Promotion Coordinator at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, and as the Wellness Coordinator for Lee County Government in Fort Myers, FL. Kearns received her master's degree in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. During this time, she interned at the CDC in the Division of Adolescent and School Health and worked with Emory researchers in the Center for Health Outcomes and Quality. Her master's thesis was on the evaluation of a health literacy curriculum to improve patient-physician communication. Prior to her experience in public health and worksite wellness, Kearns was a certified ACSM Health Fitness Instructor and worked in the fitness industry as a Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Program Director and Personal Trainer.


  • MPH Emory University
  • BS Exercise Science/Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Ithaca College

Professional Certifications

  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing