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Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Degree Program


The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) is located on the WSU Spokane campus within the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Students in this dynamic setting are immersed in biological studies of the human body along with relevant social and psychological sciences. Classroom and practical experiences prepare students for careers in healthcare, including exercise physiology, dietetics, public health, research, and academia.

Our degree programs include:

BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (BS NEP)

MS Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (MS CPD)

MS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (MS NEP)

PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (PhD NEP)


COVID-19 Adjustments for Fall

In response to the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology will waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement for admission to the MS CPD, MS NEP, and PhD NEP for Fall 2022.



The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology seeks to promote the health of individuals and communities through research, teaching, and service activities in human nutrition and exercise physiology, and the application of these sciences in academic, clinical, public health, and industry settings.

One important way our students engage with the Spokane community and apply what they have learned is through our Health and Fitness Clinic.

Chair’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting the web pages of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) at WSU Spokane. On these pages, you will find information about our academic programs, faculty teaching and research interests, outreach activities, news, and much more.

We motivate students to become healthcare leaders serving individuals and entire communities. Grounded in a science-based curriculum, the program prepares students through rigorous academics, research, and clinical practice.

Our department recognizes the important connections between proper nutrition and regular physical activity as crucial to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases across the globe. Although the health benefits of proper nutrition and regular physical activity are well-established, we build on that knowledge by merging both fields of study into a discipline that focuses on improving health outcomes in clinical, community, and population-level settings. For this reason, our department is now housed in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine so that we can be an integral part of training future physicians in a more holistic manner. In addition, we’ve recently added research tracks to our graduate program offerings so that our faculty and students can help disseminate knowledge on the importance of diet and activity in health broadly.

With approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of dedicated teaching, research, and office space, the physical home of NEP in the Health Education and Research Building (HERB) has undergone a major overhaul consisting of new, state-of-the-art equipment for laboratory courses, practicums, and research.

Great things lie ahead for NEP …. So please stay tuned.


Glen E. Duncan, PhD, RCEPSM
Professor and Department Chair


Volunteer preceptors at hospitals, community organizations, schools, assisted living facilities, and exercise-focused facilities are integral to teaching and guiding NEP students in their first experiences working with patients and clients.

Contact information

Jill Wagner
NEP Academic Coordinator