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. 

Stephanie is an active member of the Northland American College of Sports Medicine where she serves on the board as their undergraduate research coordinator.  She is also an member of the National American College of Sports Medicine organization where she serves on the Strategic Health Initiative committee for women, sport and physical activity.  She has presented research at this national conference for many years and most recently submitted an abstract for presentation on protein intake and bone health. 


B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College in Health Fitness; M.A. and Ph.D Middle Tennessee State University in Exercise Science with an emphasis on Human Performance

Courses Taught


HES-219 (Exercise Leadership), 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 Seminar132015/FA, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
HES-222Applied Human Nutrition132015/FA, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
HES-208Exercise Physiology82015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
HES-220Research in Exercise72015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
HES-100Physical Fitness: Dance62014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
HES-313Health Fitness Methods52014/SP, 2013/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
FTS-100FTS:Rediscovering Food12014/FA
NDL-268Career Exploration12014/JN
HES-350Fitness Specialist12012/FA
HES-092Senior Research12012/FA
HES-132Rediscovering Food12011/JN