Wayne State College

Barbara Engebretsen

Dr. Barbara Engebretsen is a professor of exercise science at Wayne State College. She is also a vice chair of the Academic Policies Committee, member and past chair of President's Council on Diversity, and member of the Service-Learning Advisory Committee.

Dr. Engebretsen is a member of the American Physiological Society and the Nebraska chapter. She is a past president of the Nebraska Physiological Society. She is president of the Wayne Rotary Club (2017-2019) and coordinated the Rotary Humanitarian Global Grant in 2014 to fund water wells, sanitation, resource management, peace, and conflict resolution in South Sudan. Some of her work at WSC has involved facilitating student-community activities to promote bicycle culture in Wayne, WSC, and the region. She coordinated the development of a minor in public and global health.

Dr. Engebretsen was awarded the State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award in 2015 and the Wayne Rotarian of the Year in 2011, 2014, and 2016. She also received the Outstanding Student Presenter at the International Hypoxia Symposium in Banff, Alberta, in 2003.

Dr. Engebretsen received the Fulbright Global Scholar Award (2018-19) for addressing hypertension in Ethiopia and Nepal.

Ph.D., Physiology, Colorado State University, 2003
M.Ed., Exercise Physiology, Colorado State University, 1984
B.A., Biology and Physical Education, University of California-Riverside, 1977

Academic Interests
Dr. Engebretsen's teaching interests include anatomy and physiology, cardiac rehab, clinical exercise physiology, and public and global health. Her research interests include high altitude physiology, exercise and insulin resistance, health disparities, and determinants of health.