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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Ph.D. Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

The Ph.D. 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. Applications may have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field, however, must complete all prerequisite courses prior to entry into the program.

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 Ph.D. program generally requires six semesters of graduate credits. Individual student research projects and work on the dissertation will vary and could require additional time. From the minimum of 72 credits, at least 48 credits are graded and a minimum of 24 are dissertation.

Students are eligible to take Preliminary Exams after spring semester in the second year. Once prelims are passed, students finish elective credits and register for NEP 800 (minimum of 24 credits) until dissertation is complete.

Contact Program Director Dr. Pablo Monsivais at to discuss your research interests and the program.


Prospective Ph.D. NEP students can have undergraduate degrees in any subjects. However, students accepted to the program must complete the following courses before official entry to the program.

A minimum of one quarter or one 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


Applications are processed by the WSU Graduate School. The process includes: Application and Transcripts; Graduate Record Examination results; Personal Statement; Letters of Recommendation; English proficiency test scores, if applicable; and Interview.

Applications for admission are submitted online through the WSU Graduate School. There is an application fee. Deadline is January 10 prior to the start of fall semester.

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