Beth McKinney, PhD

Associate Professor of Health Promotion
Faculty Co-Advisor for Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK)

Beth McKinney


Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, the University of Florida, 2007
    Doctor of Philosophy in Health & Human Performance
    Concentration in Health Education & Behavior
    Minor in Spiritual Health Counseling and College Student Development
  • MPH, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), 2004
    Master of Public Health
    Concentration in Community Health Education
  • BS, Longwood College (now Longwood University), 2002
    Major in Exercise Science
    Minor in Health Education
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
    The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)
  • Certificate in Spirituality and Health Studies
    The University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health


  • Associate Professor of Health Promotion, Lynchburg College
    Fall 2013 – present
  • Assistant Professor of Health Promotion, Lynchburg College
    Fall 2007 – Spring 2013
  • Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant at the University of Florida
    Fall 2005 – Spring 2007
  • Graduate Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Summer 2002 – Spring 2004

Courses Taught

  • Life Choices for Health and Wellness
  • Dimensions of Health and Wellness
  • Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Spirituality and Health
  • Women’s Health Issues

Professional Interests/Research

  • Wellness (balance among the dimensions of wellness)
  • Social Health (social support)
  • Spiritual Health (calling, vocation, meaning and purpose in life)
  • Emotional Health (personal development, stress)
  • Young Adult / College Population

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Virginia College/University Health Educator of the Year Award, VAHPERD
  • 2011 Mary Frances Turner Award, Zeta Nu Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at Lynchburg College