Dejan Magoc

Dejan Magoc

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Dr. Dejan Magoc began with an interest and degree in physical education. Afterwards, he became interested in the science behind movement and health when they connect. Upon finishing his PhD, he began teaching in the college setting and conducting research.

  • PhD, interdisciplinary health sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
  • MS, kinesiology, University of Texas at El Paso
  • BS, physical education, University of Novi Sad


Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Senior Research Project/Proposal

Areas of Expertise

  • Movement sciences
  • Physical activity and its effects on health


Dejan Magoc earned a BS in physical education in Novi Sad, Serbia. He earned an MS in kinesiology and a PhD in interdisciplinary health science at the University of Texas at El Paso. Magoc served as assistant professor in the Department of Health Studies at Eastern Illinois University. At Eastern Illinois University, he was actively involved in research and grant activities as well as service at the departmental, college and university levels. He twice won the Achievement and Contribution Award, an award that recognizes outstanding contribution to the university in the area of research. He is particularly interested in determining the most important constructs from behavioral theories and applying them in helping individuals change toward healthy behaviors. He builds his research around other disciplines within health sciences because interdisciplinary research and teamwork open more venues for different approaches to problems. His community engagement is evidenced through collaborations with hospitals/health centers, schools and YMCAs.


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


  • 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. 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.