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About NEP

Letter from the Chair:

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) – The Science and Application of Lifestyle Interventions

Jill KanaleyOur department has a long tradition of educational excellence, including outstanding undergraduate programs― Nutrition & Foods/Dietetics; Human Physiology & Translational Sciences; and Physical Activity, Nutrition & Human Performance― as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences― all focused on studying the influences of nutrition and physical activity on human health and disease. The demand for graduates with training in these areas is expected to grow as rates of obesity and related diseases continues to rise within the US population.

NEP spans two colleges (School of Medicine and College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources). This means that as an undergraduate or graduate student, you have access to resources and faculty from both colleges.

We offer both clinical and research internships. In the Nutrition and Fitness Internship, students gain practical work experience in fitness centers, corporations, clinics or agencies. In the Undergraduate Research Internship, students work alongside faculty to gain research experience in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology

NEP has study abroad programs that explore the cultural aspects of a healthy lifestyle. For instance, we have programs in Italy, known a “blue zone” because it is an area of the world known for having a greater number of people living to be 100 years of age or older.

We have state-of-the-art facilities in which to learn and practice: The MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) includes a research kitchen, a teaching kitchen and an observational behavior lab. We also have both Clinical Research and Exercise Facilities to study the interactions of physical activity and diet on metabolism, human performance and development or prevention of disease.

Our research programs are grant-funded both nationally and locally and include research in human exercise physiology and metabolism, including physical inactivity and endothelial insulin resistance and vascular dysfunction, adipose immune-physiology, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, ingestive regulation of food intake, gut microbiome, and obesity research. Our graduate students are of top caliber and have gone on to be successful in academia and other endeavors. On this web site we have tried to highlight some of the national attention that our scholarly work receives.

NEP faculty are nationally-recognized for research and teaching…and we care about our students!

We invite you to browse our web site, view our faculty profiles, including their short videos, and look at all of the opportunities available to you as you begin a career aimed at improving human health.

Jill Kanaley, PhD
Professor and Interim Chair