Master of Science in Health Promotion Management


Professor Lauren Ruzicka

Adjunct Professor



Lauren received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences at Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Promotion & Behavioral Science, at the University of Texas School of Public Health. She has received certificates from The Clinical Science Institute: Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity, Functional Movement Systems: Functional Movement Screen, Level 1, and currently works as the Health Promotions Director at The Cooper Institute.

Areas of specialty: 

• Health Coaching
• Lifestyle Behavior change
• Organizational Health Promotion
• Corporate Wellness Strategy and Programming


• Adjunct Faculty, Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness, Southern Methodist University, Fall 2017
• Completed six half marathons
• Successfully coached individuals through tobacco cessation, prevention and early cancer detection, weight loss and adoption of healthy lifestyle habits
• Developed coaching training and quality measures for corporate wellness health coaching team
• Led group workshops on behavior change and small group goal-setting


Professor Mark Scovill

Adjunct Professor



Mark is a program manager with HealthFitness Corporation, and currently serves as the corporate wellness manager for Fluor Corporation, a Fortune 125 engineering and construction company.  Mark has over thirty years experience in disease prevention and health promotion having managed programs for government agencies, health care systems, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as provided professional education and consulting services to the National Civic League, and the states of South Carolina, Louisiana and Michigan.  Since joining HealthFitness, Mark has worked with Texas Instruments, Johnson & Johnson and Fluor Corporation.  Mark is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University where he teaches health promotion practice, epidemiology and program evaluation.

Mark Received his undergraduate degree from SMU and his Masters degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health.


Professor David Stewart

Adjunct Professor



David currently serves as a Vice President in the Employee Benefits Practice at Lockton.  With more than 12 years of experience, he specializes in designing self-funded health plans that are fully integrated with health risk management solutions, helping employers manage both the supply side and demand side of healthcare.

David began his career in the Cardiology Department of Hillcrest Scott & White Medical Center.  He then spent three years as Clinical Exercise Physiologist at the world -renowned Cooper clinic where he was responsible for helping Fortune 500 companies develop their Executive Physical packages and conducting patient stress tests to identify evidence of heart disease and structural abnormalities.  Prior to joining Lockton, David served as an Employee Benefits Consultant and Health Risk Management expert for a regional brokerage firm.

David holds a B.S. in Health Science from Baylor University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Professor Phillip Youngblood

Adjunct Professor



Phillip Youngblood is a new Adjunct Professor teaching MHPM 6322 - Program and Evaluation II.  He works as a Senior Director for American Specialty Health Management/Healthyroads.  In his current role, he works directly with clients, consultants, and external vendors to ensure that ASHM is best positioned to support the overall health management strategy for all of their clients and health plans.

Phillip has over 20 years of experience in the Health Management industry.  Before joining ASHM, he was the Vice President of Account Management for Viverae, and prior to that, he was Vice President of Client Services for Alere.  Phillip has also served as the Fitness Director of The Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, consulted with Cooper Ventures, and was the Manager of the Finley Ewing Cardiovascular and Fitness Center at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.  He has contributed to several health and wellness related articles and has provided guidance to a wide variety of businesses within the health management industry.

Phillip has an MBA from Southern Methodist University.  He also has a MS in Exercise Physiology and a BS in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas.