Dr. Bridget Melton is a Professor of Exercise Science and Coaching Education. She teaches a variety of exercise science courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels including Introduction to Exercise Science, Practical Applications of Human Movement, Principles of Personal Training, Sport Conditioning, Program Design in Physical Activity and Health, and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Sport Nutrition. Dr. Melton’s research incorporated physical activity promotion. Most recent research is focusing on worksite wellness and tactical athletes. She has published 47 peer reviewed articles, contributed to 13 books and has given over 90 presentations to the states, national and international audiences. Dr. Melton is active with several state and national organizations including American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education, National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), and the Georgia Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD).


Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
Ed.D., Specialization: Curriculum Studies, 2005
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Health Education
Dissertation: The Culture of Obesity

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
M.S., Kinesiology, Specialization: Exercise Physiology, 2000
Thesis: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in an Amputee Population

Purdue University, West LaFayette, Indiana
B.A., Major: Movement and Sport Science, 1997
Minor: Biology


HHP 7050 – Program Design in Physical Activity and Health
HHP 7060 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
AES 6050 – Research Design and Methods in Exercise Science
AES 6300 – Exercise and Sport Nutrition

Research Interests

Worksite Wellness
Tactical Strength and Conditioning
Physical activity promotion in a variety of populations


Melton, B, Ryan, G., Loewen, B., & Weeks, M.  (2020)  An evaluation of a 6-week fitness program on firefighter recruits: A pilot study.  TSAC Report Submitted July 2019.  To be published Jan 2020.

Melton, B. Kissinger, T. K. Ryan, G.  & Riggs, A.J. (2019).  Occupational differences in routine exercise barriers and incentives for municipal workers.  Translation Journal of ACSM, 4(19), 197-205

Murphy, A., Mann, R & Melton, B.F. (2019).  Prevention of hamstring injuries in sprinters.  NSCA Coach, 6 (3), 22-27Langford EL, Snarr RL, Melton B, Ryan GA. (2019).  Physical fitness initiatives in the fire service: barriers, benefits, and considerations. TSAC Report 54:4-8.

Richards, S. & Melton, B.F. (2019).  Rebranding resistance training in older adults using rating of perceived exertion.  Personal Training Quarterly, 6(2), 22-24.

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