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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology


The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology provides science-based curriculum to understand and achieve optimal health, disease prevention, and treatment. Students gain an in-depth understanding of how nutrients and exercise affect the human body and its vitality. Classroom and practical experience prepares students for professions in healthcare, including public health, research, clinical, fitness industry, and academia.

NEP is located in the Spokane Health Education and Research Building on the WSU Spokane campus within the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The program has about 15,000 square feet of dedicated teaching, research and office space.

Programs of Study

The Department offers a variety of degree programs, recognizing the broad array of career paths in this field. They are the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology; Master of Science in the Coordinated Program for Dietetics in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology; Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, and Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.


The research of NEP faculty focuses broadly on health promotion and disease prevention in clinical, community and population-level settings. A few examples of research interests include: the effects of built and social environment influences on lifestyle behaviors and health using twin samples; the social and behavioral determinants of diet, obesity and chronic disease; the relationships between space, place and health outcomes using geographic information systems; and investigation of mechanistic links between lifestyle and environmental factors and obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology is proud of the students who have graduated from our various academic programs. We want to hear from our alumni, and in turn, want our alumni to know what is happening with us in Spokane and beyond.

Our alumni and friends are invaluable as we strive to redefine education. Gifts to assist our students are always appreciated. Please consider a gift to make a difference for future generations. Gifts support student scholarships and financial aid, student travel expenses to attend professional conferences for presentations and networking, student and faculty research, the purchase of new equipment for laboratories, and recruitment and retention of faculty.

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