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Jeannie Hannan

WHPM Program Director/Associate Professor


  • PhD in Human Sciences with a specialization in Gerontology - UNL
  • MS in Health Promotion with an emphasis in Human Resource Management - NMC
  • BS in Management of Human Resources - Bellevue University
  • HPS - Health Promotion Specialist certificate - NMC

General Background
Jeannie is a certified through Wellcoaches as a health & wellness and lifestyle medicine coach. She also holds several certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine including: Health Fitness Director, Exercise Physiologist, Group Exercise Instructor, and Cancer Exercise Trainer. 

Jeannie has been in the wellness and health promotion field since 1995 when she wrote a proposal to the president of the company she worked for to start a wellness program. She realized that lifestyle choices played a part in prevention of chronic conditions. She has developed and led award winning (WELCOA Well Workplace) worksite wellness programs on a shoestring budget. In addition, she has experience in community health & wellness developing and managing a medical fitness/whole-person wellness center. 

Notable Publications/Presentations
Co-Author: Renewing My Body, Regaining My Strength (physical activity chapter for A Time to Heal - 12 week cancer rehabilitation program)

Svec., C, Thomas, K., Koll, T., Manley, N., Hannan, J., Shafer, H., & Jones, K. A pilot study of a community fall prevention program: What are the outcomes of the FallProof Balance and Mobility Program? 

National Wellness Conference presentations include: 

  • Healing Tails: The Power of Pet Companionship
  • Mother/Daughter Relationships After the Effects of Breast Cancer
  • Creating an Optimal Wellness Environment among an Online Health Promotion Cohort
  • Exercise: The Best Medicine

Professional Recognition/Awards

  • Bill Kaiser Light of Wellness Award
  • Nebraska Methodist College Alumni Service Award
  • Nebraska Methodist College Alumni Development Award
  • Catherine Wotherspoon Spirit of Commitment and Excellence Award
  • Wellness Council of the Midlands Delegate of the Year