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Dejan Magoc, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Dejan Magoc is a behavioral scientist who is particularly interested in determining the most important constructs from behavioral theories and applying them in helping individuals change toward healthy behaviors. Prior to coming to Stetson, Dr. Magoc served as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion (formerly Health Studies) at Eastern Illinois University where he twice won the Achievement and Contribution Award, an award that recognizes outstanding contribution to the university in the area of research. He also has interests in the learner-centered pedagogy, particularly team-based learning approach. His community engagement is evidenced through collaborations with schools, hospitals/health centers, and YMCAs.


  • Ph.D., interdisciplinary health sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
  • M.S., kinesiology, University of Texas at El Paso
  • B.S., physical education, University of Novi Sad

Course Topics

  • Health and Wellness
  • Cross-Cultural Aspects of Health Behavior
  • Theories and Methods of Health Behavior Change
  • Research Methods in the Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Intership in Health Sciences
  • Senior Research Proposal/Project

Research Interests

  • Theory-based approaches to physical activity and health behaviors
  • Public health education and health promotion
  • Web-based/ICT interventions


  • Tomaka, J., Magoc, D., Morales-Monks, S., & Cardiel, A. (2017). Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Alcohol-Related Outcomes among Municipal Firefighters. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30(4), 416-424. doi: 10.1002/jts.22203
  • Magoc, D., Magoc, T., Tomaka, J., & Morales-Monks, S. (2016). Automatic Identification of Firefighters with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Based on Demographic Characteristics and Self-Reported Alcohol Consumption. Journal of Uncertain Systems, 10(3), 198-203.
  • Magoc, D., Tomaka, J., Shamaley-Kornatz, A., & Bridges, A. (2016). Gender Differences in Physical Activity and Related Beliefs among Hispanic College Students. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 38(2), 279-290. doi: 10.1177/0739986316637355
  • Rhoads, M., Kittleson, M., Ratnapradipa, D., Sarvela, P., Ritzel, D., Chaney, D., Walker, B., Sego, A., Magoc, D. (2013). The Effectiveness of Oral vs. Podcasting Reviewing Techniques: A Comparative Analysis Approach. Illinois Journal for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 71, 34-41.
  • Magoc, D. (2012). "Teachers' Attitudes towards Inclusion: Determining Eligibility for Adapted Physical Education." In V. Djordjic (Ed.), Inclusive Physical Education in Vojvodina's Schools: Challenges and Perspectives (pp. 47-61). Novi Sad, Serbia: Faculty of Sport and Physical Education.
  • Magoc, D., Magoc, T. and Tomaka, J. (2011). "An Automated Identification of Individuals at Health Risk Based on Demographic Characteristics and Self-Reported Perceptions." Journal of Science in Sports: Exercise and Quality of Life, 3(1), 11-21.
  • Magoc, D., Tomaka, J. and Bridges-Arzaga, A. (2011). "Using the Web to Increase Physical Activity in College Students." American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(2), 142-154.
  • Magoc, D. & Tomaka, J. (2011). Periodized Annual Training and Conditioning Program for Junior Tennis Players. Current Practice, 23(10), 87-95.
  • Magoc, T., & Magoc, D. (2011). Neural Network to Identify Individuals at Health Risk. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence & Applications, 2(2), 104-114.
  • Magoc, D., Tomaka, J. and Thompson, S. (2010). "Overweight, Obesity, and Strong Attitudes: Predicting Participation in Physical Activity in a Predominantly Hispanic College Population." Health Education Journal, 69(4), 427-438.
  • Magoc, D. and Tomaka, J. (2010). "Social Cognitive Determinants of Physical Activity in a Predominantly Hispanic College Population." Journal of Science in Sports: Exercise and Quality of Life, 2(1), 1-14.


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