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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Degree Program

PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

The PhD NEP degree offers an intensive research and training experience in the broad fields of nutrition and exercise physiology. Students are matched and work closely with a faculty mentor on research topics with application to clinical, community, and population health.

As part of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and with a strong network of clinical and community partner organizations throughout Eastern Washington and beyond, the department is well placed to provide training and research opportunities for students interested in clinical and community-based approaches to improving population health.

The PhD program generally requires six semesters of graduate credits. Individual student research projects and work on the dissertation will vary and could require additional time.

View the NEP Faculty and Staff info page to learn more about the research being conducted by the PhD NEP faculty advisors: Dr. Glen Duncan, Dr. Pablo Monsivais, Dr. Ofer Amram, Dr. Lindsey Miller, Dr. Hans Haverkamp, and Dr. Martine Perrigue.

Contact Program Director Dr. Pablo Monsivais,, with questions about the PhD NEP and to discuss your research interests.


Contact information

Jill Wagner
NEP Academic Coordinator


Applicants can have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any discipline. The following prerequisite undergraduate college courses are required. As a general rule, all prerequisite coursework should be no more than seven years old at the time of application. However, each situation is reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact our Academic Coordinator at for more information.

  • Exercise Physiology (should be complete at the time of application)
  • Nutrition (should be complete at the time of application)
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry (2 quarters or 1 semester)
  • Physiology


Applications for admission are submitted through the WSU Graduate School. Deadline is in January each year. The PhD NEP admits for Fall semester only.


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