"Silas Pearman III Furman University"

Dr. Si Pearman, III, a native of Columbia, SC, joined the Furman faculty in 1990. He is a 1987 Furman graduate and gained interest in the health sciences as a sophomore taking Dr. Pierce's Wellness Concepts course and was further influenced by the late Dr. Sandy Molnar, "The Optimal Man," for whom the Human Performance Laboratory is named. Pearman holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina (1990) and a doctorate in public health from the USC School of Public Health (1995). Pearman has served as HSC Department Chair (2000-2001), Furman’s Assistant Academic Dean (2001-2006) and as Furman's Acting Associate Academic Dean (2006-2007). He was the 1999 recipient of Furman’s Meritorious Advising Award, a two time recipient of the Maiden Invitation Teaching Award given by multi-cultural students, and was the 1995 recipient of the College Le vel Teaching Award given by the SCAHPERD. He was also a Torchbearer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Pearman is the faculty advisor for Furman's Quaternion Club (a leadership honorary for men as well as an alumni faculty member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. Pearman also serves on a number of university committees each year. In his spare time, he enjoys running, river rafting, zip lining, and studying theology and history, as well as hiking in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest states.

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Ancient and Modern Olympics

A study of the ancient and modern Olympic Games with an emphasis on the historical, political and cultural importance of the games. The seminar will also explore the iconic" status of Olympic competitors and the nature of "fair and foul" competition."


Wellness Concepts

Wellness concepts which promote lifetime fitness and healthy lifestyle habits. Topics include: aerobic and muscular conditioning, nutrition, and medical aspects of fitness. Participation in activities to develop cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.


Current Issues in Pblic Health

An examination of major public health issues of regional, national and international concern at the time of the course offering. Topics may vary from year to year. Emphasis will be given to behavioral and policy interventions.


Three Great Public Pandemics

The historical epidemiology, physiology and public health impact of three of the largest pandemics in human history ? the Bubonic Plague of the 14th Century, the Cholera Pandemic of the 19th Century, and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic of the 20th Century.


Fundamentals of Public Health

An introduction to the academic discipline of public health, including the sub-disciplines of health care systems and disease epidemiology. Emphasis on the theory, planning, implementation and evaluation process for public health interventions.


Commnty & Environmental Health

A study of community and environmental health concepts in the US and in developing countries. Exploration of supportive and non-supportive cultural practices that affect community and environmental health. Research opportunities, engaged and service learning experiences will be included.


Adv Prncples of Public Health

Advanced study of public health theory, planning, implementation and evaluation models for individual and community behavior change.

Dr. Pearman has published over a dozen scientific articles in national and international public health and exercise science journals on topics ranging from biochemical responses to exercise to adolescent health behaviors. Journals where his work has been published include "The Journal of Health Behavior," "The American Journal of College Health," "Sports Medicine Training, and Rehabilitation," "The International Journal of Sports Medicine," and "The Journal of Applied Sports Psychology" among others. Much of Dr. Pearman's professional work has included Furman students including dozens of professional presentations at state, regional and national conferences for the American Public Health Association and the American College of Sports Medicine among others.

Pearman's research interests in adolescent health have involved him with studies with the Centers for Disease Control, the US Navy and Marines, as well as local public health programs related to food systems, food literacy and environmental health issues.

University of South Carolina School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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