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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
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This Month in EXNS: Use Science to Help You Meet Health Goals

Here at Milken Institute SPH, we have fitness and nutrition down to a science, literally. This can be seen in the testing and services we offer in our two labs, the Exercise Physiology Lab and the Weight Management and Human Performance Lab. Check out a recent episode of the Dr. Oz show which uses our lab’s equipment to look at the science behind the negative-calorie diet trend. 

Our Labs

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.



Allison Meni, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Meni joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Spring 2014 and transitioned to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in February 2016. In her Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Meni talks about artificial sweeteners, the new FDA nutrition labels and why she came back to Washington, DC.

Watch Faculty Spotlight

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

Senior Athletes Show That Physical Fitness Is Achievable At Any Age

A recent CBS Sunday Morning special on senior athletes features a visit to Milken Institute School of Public Health's Exercise and Nutrition Sciences lab.

GW and CWRU Launch Cancer Moonshot Project

GWSPH, in collaboration with the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, has launched a project as part of Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Experts Available: The Global Pandemic of Inactivity

Experts at Milken Institute SPH are available to comment on a recent Lancet study on physical activity and its impact on health.