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Dr. Brenda Watson

Associate Department Head (Graduating Seniors and Student Concerns) | Assistant Teaching Professor

1172-C Wellness and Recreation Center



  • Ph.D. Public Health, Community Health, Walden University
  • M.S. Food Science, North Carolina State
  • M.S. Comparative Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • B.S. Biological Science and Animal Science, North Carolina State University

Teaching Emphasis

Additional Information

I have been racing since high school. I have run many half marathons, 10Ks, and 5k races, placing in the top 5 in most of the 5k. I have completed over 15 marathons, including NYC and Boston marathons. Currently, I have been competing in Spartan races. I have completed approximately 10, earning a trifecta twice. I am also heavily involved in martial arts. I am a black belt in taekwondo and have been involved in kung fu for over fifteen years, earning the rank of copper tiger. I am an AAU National referee in taekwondo. I have over thirty years of weight training experience and I am currently a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

I am extremely interested in the health of others. Helping others become and stay healthy is my life’s work. I believe every individual has a purpose in life, and this is mine. Working at NC State is the perfect place for me to do this. I hope to inspire students to start and maintain an exercise program for life. I make sure to practice what I preach. I believe, in the Health and Exercise Studies Department, we keep students healthy so they can go on to become the leaders of tomorrow.


PhD Public Health, Community Health Walden University

Area(s) of Expertise

HESF 101 Fitness and Wellness