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Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Faculty working with Students: 9
Students: 5
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 80%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall deadline January 31
Campus:
  • Spokane: Yes
Tests required:
  • TOEFL

Degree Description:

Regular physical activity and proper nutrition are the cornerstones of health promotion and chronic disease prevention. The teaching and research foci of the NEP graduate programs provide advanced training in both disciplines. As a department in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and with a strong network of clinical and community partner organizations throughout Eastern Washington and beyond, we are well placed to provide training and research opportunities for students interested in clinical and community-based approaches to improving population health.

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. 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.

 

Admission Requirements:

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 PhD NEP for Fall 2021.

Applicants to the PhD NEP must 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

 

ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

  • 3.0 overall GPA in undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 average in prerequisite courses
  • No individual prerequisite course with less than a C grade
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Suggested Guidance: Please provide a 1-2 page statement of purpose that introduces yourself and motivations for advanced graduate training. Summarize your undergraduate education and any graduate work you’ve done so far. Finally, please describe how your work or life experiences relate to your academic journey and your long-term goals, and how our program will help you achieve those goals.
  • Research Interest Statement
    • Suggested Guidance: Your research interest statement should be a 1 page narrative. It should include a brief summary of your past or current research (e.g., what are the key questions in your research project?). What did you find? Do you have experience with grant funding? Did your work lead to academic publications or presentations? This statement should also describe your current research interests, even if only in general terms, and/or which faculty in our program align with your interests or are engaged in research you may be interested in pursuing.
  • 3 to 4 letters of recommendation
  • Interview with admissions committee
  • TOEFL or IELTS for international students

Faculty Members:

Amram, Ofer, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Focus on the relationship between space, place and health outcomes, particularly how individual, contextual and environmental factors impact disease rates and clinical outcomes and also how access to health services affects health outcomes and service utilization

Chaytor, Naomi, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Emotional, cognitive and functional correlates of chronic medical conditions

Duncan, Glen E, Ph.D., RCEP

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

The relationships among cardiovascular fitness, body fat content, and metabolic disease, lifestyle interventions designed to modify diet and increase habitual physical activity, and non-biological determinants of physical activity and obesity.

Haverkamp, Hans, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

McDonell, Michael, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Miller, Lindsey, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Monsivais, Pablo, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Palmer, Guy Hughes, DVM, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Roll, John, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Human behavioral pharmacology, the development and refinement of behavioral interventions for addiction and other psychiatric disorders, as well as technology transfer issues.

Contact Information:

Jill Wagner, Academic Coordinator
WSU Spokane HERB 318
412 E Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
509-358-7811