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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

MS NEP and PhD NEP Prerequisites and Curriculum

The undergraduate degree held by applicants to the MS NEP and PhD NEP research track programs can be in any subject. You must also complete the following courses before officially entering the program. A minimum of 1 quarter or 1 semester is required, except where noted.

  • 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

Admitted students complete 32 (MS) or 72 (PhD) graduate level credits covering a variety of topics, including a two-semester graduate seminar series and set of chosen electives.

MS NEP degree plan

Fall semester 1 (10 credits) Spring semester 1 (7 credits)
NEP 505 Seminar (1) NEP 505 Seminar (1)
NEP 520 Research Methods (3) NEP 525 Adv Human Nutrition (3)
NEP 580 Biochemistry (3) NEP 582 Adv Ex Physiology (3)
NURS 526 Statistics (3)
Fall semester 2 (7 credits) Spring semester 2 (5 credits)
NEP 526 Nutritional Epi (3) NEP 700 Thesis (5)
NEP 586 Physical Activity Epi (3)
NEP 700 Thesis (1)

MS NEP Thesis Track: This degree program consists of 11 credits of core and a minimum of 21 credits of track-specific coursework, for a total minimum of 32 credits. From the total, a minimum of 26 credits are graded and 6 are thesis.

Core Courses: NEP 505, NEP 520, NEP 580, and NURS 526

Thesis Track Courses: NEP 525, NEP 526, NEP 582, NEP 586, NEP 700, and Electives (taken in Spring semester 1, Fall semester 2, or Spring semester 2)

 

PhD NEP degree plan

Fall semester 1 (10 credits) Spring semester 1 (10 credits)
NEP 505 Seminar (1) NEP 505 Seminar (1)
NEP 520 Research Methods (3) NEP 525 Adv Human Nutrition (3)
NEP 580 Biochemistry (3) NEP 582 Adv Ex Physiology (3)
NURS 526 Statistics (3) NURS 527 Statistics (3)
Fall semester 2 (12 credits) Spring semester 2 (9-12 credits)
NEP 526 Nutritional Epi (3) College Teaching (3)
NEP 586 Physical Activity Epi (3) Electives (6-9)
PHARMSCI 577 Bioethics (3)
Elective (3)

PhD NEP Track: This degree program consists of 19 credits of core and a minimum of 53 credits of specific coursework, for a total minimum of 72 credits. From the total, a minimum of 48 credits are graded and a minimum of 24 are dissertation.

Core Courses: College Teaching, NEP 505, NEP 520, NEP 580, NURS 526, NURS 527, and PHARMSCI 577

Specific Courses: NEP 525, NEP 526, NEP 582, NEP 586, NEP 800 (minimum of 24 credits), and Electives (minimum of 15 credits)

Students are eligible to take Preliminary Exams after Spring semester 2. Once prelims are passed, students finish Elective credits and register for NEP 800 credits until dissertation is complete.