Exercise Physiology & Nutrition

Exercise Physiology & Nutrition Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Students in the Nutrition and Exercise Area of Specialization and students working in the Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Area of Study (Faculty expertise) will acquire core competencies in nutrition, exercise, research design, and statistics. Content will be delivered through graduate level research in the laboratories of faculty members and/or a flexible memorandum of courses individualized to student goals.


  • Research, teaching, or further professional degrees in health care
  • Clinical rehabilitation
  • Personal training

Application to this program

When completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application, select:
Major/Degree: Human Sciences (PhD)
Specialization: Nutrition & Health Sciences


Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 semester hours of credit, including 12-55 hours of dissertation.

  • At least one-half of the required work must be completed at the University of Nebraska after filing the Program of Studies for the Doctoral Degree.

  • At least one-half of the required work, including the dissertation, must be taken in the student’s major area of study (i.e., courses having the prefix NUTR). The remaining work may be in supporting courses in the same or in related departments, or in a minor field of study outside of the major department or area.

  • The student’s Supervisory Committee is not obligated to accept credits beyond the masters degree which were completed prior to the Committee’s appointment.

  • Minor field of study must include at least 16 semester hours, with 6 hours in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).

  • Minimum 6 hours of NUTR 995 Doctoral Colloquium (special topics).

Select from other courses offered, with approval of the student’s Supervisory Committee, to complete degree requirements.

Associated Faculty

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Joel T. Cramer Professor

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Terry Housh Professor

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Sample Courses