Academic Advising

After gaining admission to the university, you must contact your advisor to determine the courses most appropriate for your individual needs. Your advisor will provide continuing support to students throughout the program.

Students also need to fill out and send their Graduate Program of Study to their advisor by the end of their first semester.

Picture of Dr. Leah Pylate

Students with the last name beginning A-I , contact:
Dr. Leah Pylate - lbp77@msstate.edu
Assistant Professor

Dr. Pylate has a B.S. in Health Management from Southeast Missouri State University with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications, two master’s degrees (MS and MBA) from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science MSU. Family Health is her primary focus of research. She has experience working in a variety of health promotion settings.


Picture of Dr. Antonio Gardner

Students with the last name beginning J-R , contact:
Dr. Antonio Gardner - ajg130@msstate.edu
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion

Dr. Gardner has a B.S. in Biology from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama, an M.S. in Human Environmental Sciences with a Specialization in Rural Community Health from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Alabama. Health disparities have been his primary focus of research with a special interest in HIV prevention.


Picture of Dr. Barry P. Hunt

Students with the last name beginning S-Z, contact:
Dr. Barry P. Hunt - bhunt@fsnhp.msstate.edu
Professor of Health Promotion / Health Promotion Program Director

Dr. Hunt has a B.S. in school health education from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, and master's and doctoral degrees in health studies from the University of Alabama. Previously an evaluation consultant for Alabama Power Company's "Good Health Makes Sense" program, Dr. Hunt directs the health program at MSU.