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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

New in EXNS: Addressing Development Through Sport


Melissa Otterbein, a second-year graduate student in the Physical Activity in Public Health program, spent the summer completing her practicum as a monitoring and evaluation intern with Girls Gotta Run Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and their communities through running and education.

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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

EXPLORE EXNS

Research


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

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Practice Experience


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

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Careers and Alumni


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

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MEET OUR FACULTY


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


LAB OVERVIEW

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).

LAB OVERVIEW
DC LAB

GWU Exercise Physiology Lab
iSTART@gwu.edu
(202) 994-5356

DC LAB
VTSC Lab

GWU Center for Weight Loss and Human Performance
exercise@gwu.edu
(571) 553-0237

VTSC Lab

Lifestyle & Wellness Class Offerings


Department News


Cell Particles Signal Early Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 24, 2019) - Particles that are released from fat cells seem to play a pivotal role in determining risk for cardiovascular disease before...

Research in Action: Department Chair Demonstrates the Importance of Physical Activity

Sacheck, who describes physical activity as a foundation for her health and happiness, researches the importance of exercise, too.

New Scientific Reviews Highlight Benefits of Physical Activity for Older People and Pregnant Women

Two new scientific reviews identify the benefits of physical activity for older people and pregnant women during pregnancy and in the post-partum period. Both will be...