Hear what our current students and alums are saying about the department

Welcome to NEP

MISSION: The mission of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri is to improve the health of Missourians and the larger population through research, teaching and outreach related to nutrition and physical activity. We strive to be a diverse set of leaders, innovators and educators who promote improved human health through our focus on nutrition and physical activity.

Learn more

Take a Tour of NEP Research



Proud member of the Association of Nutrition Departments and Programs (ANDP).


Exercise is MedicineNEP is now an Exercise is MedicineĀ® (EIM) On Campus location.

EIM is a health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which encourages primary care physicians to include physical activity when designing treatment plans. We will be hosting EIM-OC events on campus twice a year (in May and October). To be learn more about this initiative or to be more involved with these activities contact Dan Smith.

Recent Student Research

Zachary Grunewald – Role of TRAF3IP2 in obesity-associated vascular insulin resistance and dysfunction

Rory Cunningham – The role of hepatocellular eNOS in NAFLD development and hepatic mitochondrial adaptations to exercise

Laura Clart – The Role of Estrogen Receptor Beta DNA Binding Domain in Mediating Adipose Tissue and Systemic Metabolic Effects of Exercise in Ovariectomized Mice

Opportunities for STUDENTS

NEP Internship Program

Gain practical work experience in fitness centers, corporations, clinics or agencies by participating in our NEP Internship Program.

Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Gain research experience in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology by participating in our Undergraduate Research Internship Program.

Study Abroad Programs

We offer programs in Italy and Japan starting in Summer 2022.

Student Organizations

Network and gain experiences in the Nutrition and Wellness Organization and/or the NEP Graduate Student Association.