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Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Exploring the science of how physical activity and nutrition impact human health, prevent disease and promote wellness
Student Laura Popielski

Volunteering in the Community: Student Laura Popielski's Experience as a Volunteer Sous Chef

Being in the heart of DC, our students not only have wonderful opportunities for career development but are also able to find community service that aligns with their passions. Like MPH in public health nutrition student Laura Popielski, who is a volunteer sous chef with Miriam's Kitchen, a nonprofit focused on ending chronic homelessness. Learn more about Laura, her work at Miriam's Kitchen and why she came to DC to pursue her MPH.

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What is Exercise and Nutrition Science?

Exercise and nutrition sciences is the scientific study of how lifestyle-related factors like physical activity and nutrition affect the individual as well as the health and function of communities at-large. Our students can develop their skills in a variety of areas from training elite athletes to developing public health policies aimed at nutrition and physical activity to nutrition-related interventions that reduce chronic disease and associated complications from poor diet. We not only train our students in the field of exercise and nutrition sciences, but through our research we develop new projects and programs, and influence public policy to create a lasting change on the health of the world.

Program Offerings

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

One of only a few schools of public health with a Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

Our Bachelor of Science (BS) programs deliver a versatile background in topics such as physiology, psychology, nutrition and exercise science. Our master's degree students learn the more advanced science behind exercise performance, physical activity promotion, and nutrition science, as well as how to design programs that promote health and wellness at the individual, as well as at the population level.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs



Exercise is Prevention: our research focuses on disease prevention. We believe physical activity has great impact on public health.


Practice Experience

Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.


Careers and Alumni

Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.



Kim Robien, PhD, RD, CSO, FAND

Associate Professor

Kim Robien discusses her love of travel, why DC is the best place for public health and how food systems have impacts at the community level.

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Our Department's Faculty

Student Resources

Our Lab Facilities


The Exercise and Nutrition Sciences department has two fitness testing facilities, one located in Washington, DC near the Foggy Bottom campus (DC Lab) and one in Ashburn, Virginia on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VTSC Lab).


GWU Exercise Physiology Lab
(202) 994-8240


GWU Center for Weight Loss and Human Performance
(571) 553-0237


Lifestyle & Wellness Class Offerings

Department News

Student Laura Popielski Gives Inside Perspective as Miriam’s Kitchen Volunteer Sous Chef

Laura, an MPH in public health nutrition student, says Miriam's Kitchen is "a great place to learn and a great place to serve.”

Dean Goldman Awarded the Walsh McDermott Medal at the National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting

The Walsh McDermott Medal is awarded to a NAM member for distinguished service to the Academies over an extended period of time.

Five Reasons to Attend the GWSPH Open House on November 17, 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the school for the last on-campus visit day this fall!