Stephanie Otto ’00

Alumni and Faculty

Associate Professor in Health and Exercise Science

Stephanie is a member of department of health and exercise science. She is honored and excited to be back on campus after graduating from Gustavus in 2000. Her research interests include physical activity and bone mineral density. She conducted her thesis on the relationship between bone mineral density and physical activity among women taking Depo-Provera. Stephanie was fortunate to be able to work with a Middle Tennessee high school for her dissertation which involved investigating the relationships between physical activity and body composition, blood pressure, and bone mineral density among a group of 9-12 grade students.  She enjoys being involved in student research here at Gustavus and also in the Gustavus community.


B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A. and Ph.D Middle Tennessee State University

Courses Taught


HES-100 (Physical Fitness: Dance), HES-222 (Applied Human Nutrition), HES-313 (Health Fitness Methods), and HES-398 (Health Fitness Seminar)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-398Health Fitness Seminar102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
HES-222Applied Human Nutrition102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
HES-208Exercise Physiology62013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
HES-220Research in Exercise52013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
HES-100Physical Fitness: Dance42013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
HES-313Health Fitness Methods42013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
HES-215Exercise Leadership32013/JN, 2012/JN, and 2010/JN
HES-239Applied Human Nutrition22009/SP and 2008/FA
NDL-268Career Exploration12014/JN
HES-092Senior Research12012/FA
HES-350Fitness Specialist12012/FA
HES-132Rediscovering Food12011/JN