Proper nutrition and physical activity are the cornerstones to improving quality of life. The Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Program balances these to achieve optimal health, disease prevention and treatment.
The Department is located at the WSU Spokane campus within the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students in this dynamic setting are immersed in biological studies of the human body along with relevant social and psychological sciences. Classroom and practical experience prepares students for various careers in healthcare, including public health, research, clinical, fitness industry, and academia.
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.
Welcome to the NEP Program, where 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 program 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.
One of our major educational and research missions is to understand why so many interventions have failed to motivate behavioral change in the population and how the barriers to behavior change can be overcome. Our students study lifestyle behaviors and a wide range of other contributing circumstances such as the environment and policies in a solutions-oriented environment.
Great things are ahead for NEP …. So please stay tuned!