Melissa Wigginton, DrPH, CHES

Associate Professor of Health Science

Office Phone: (951) 552-8537
Office Location: Health Science Campus H-138
Office Hours: Mondays 12:30-5:30 pm and Thursdays 12-2 pm and 3:30-4:30 pm

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
DrPH Health Education Loma Linda University 2011
M.S. Health and Fitness Promotion California State University Fullerton 2008
B.S. Clinical Exercise Science California State University San Bernardino 2006
  • Additional Education

    Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

  • Courses Taught

    Ethics in Health Care
    Therapeutic Interventions
    Intro to Global Health
    Health Communication
    Introduction to Public Health
    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Childhood/adult obesity
    Health promotion and education
    Chronic disease intervention
    Stress and Health

  • Teaching Experience

    Crafton hills College- 2010-2012
    Loma Linda University- 2009-2011
    California State University, San Bernardino- 2008-2010
    California State University, Fullerton- 2007-2009

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Wigginton, M. L., Lee, J., Hopp Marshak, H. & Freier, K. R. (2016). Modifying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Children’s Exercise Behaviors. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society Volume 6, Issue 2.

    Wigginton, M. L. & Sands, C. D. (March, 2014). Health-related predictors of obesity in Native American youth. International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society. Presentation. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Wigginton, M. L., Barth, M., Gillum, T., Sands, C. D. (November, 2013). Assessment of Physical Activity and Health Indicators in American-Indian High School Students. Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association. Boston, Ma.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2012). Principal Investigator. Sherman Indian High School: Improving lives through active living and healthy eating.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2012). The influence of strategic planning on children’s physical activity behaviors. 140th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2012). Modifying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Children’s Exercise Behaviors. 2nd International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society. Chicago, Il.

    Wigginton, M. L, Wiersma, L. D., Sherman, C. P., & Rubin, D. (2009). Weight stigmatization among Hispanic American Children. California Journal of Health Promotion, 7 (1) 43-51.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2008). Overuse injuries in youth sport. Center for the Advancement of Responsible Youth Sport (CARYS) Newsletter, California State University, Fullerton, 4 (1) 5-6.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Wildwood Calvary Chapel, Yucaipa, CA

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Wildwood Calvary Chapel, Yucaipa, CA

  • Interests & Hobbies

    -Advisory board member for the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship (2014 - present)
    -Healthy Yucaipa Committee (2016- present)
    -Faculty Advisor for the Student Public Health Club (2014 - present)
    -Faculty Senator (2012-present)
    -Health San Bernardino Coalition (2010-2011)
    -Riverside County Health Coalition
    -Inland Empire Health Educator Alliance

    Interests and Hobbies:
    Spending time with family and friends, exercising, researching, watching football (Go Pack Go!), my dogs and traveling.

  • Personal Philosophy

    "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

    "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

    "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18