Exercise PhysiologyDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students in the Ph.D. in Human Sciences program, who are interested in academic research and teaching careers in exercise physiology research, will be advised by Dr. Terry Housh. Students will acquire advanced competencies in nutrition, exercise, research design, and statistics. Following graduation, they will be well-prepared for teaching and research careers.

Courses include: 

  • NUTR 884 Physiology of Exercise (3) 
  • NUTR 886 Exercise Testing and Exercise Programming in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation (4) 
  • NUTR 950 Integrated Principles of Human Nutrition (3) or other 800- or 900- level metabolism courses 
  • NUTR 960 Nutrient Function During Exercise

If undergraduate course NUTR 484 or NUTR 486 has been completed, graduate courses appropriate to your career goals can be selected from:

To view a listing of example courses of interest to NHS students, visit: cehs.unl.edu/nhs/courses-offered.

GRE is not required.

Doctoral Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship with Dr. Terry Housh

  • Available annually starting in the fall.
  • Teaching is in the fall and spring semesters, with summer teaching also available.
  • High priority for students who:
    • are committed to a research career
    • teach exercise physiology, exercise testing, and exercise programming in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation
    • have completed courses in exercise science at the undergraduate or master's level 
  • Only students with completed applications will be considered for this graduate assistantship.

For more information regarding assistantships and fellowships, visit: cehs.unl.edu/nhs/assistantships.


  • Nutrition and Exercise Consultant
  • Health-Fitness Instructor-ACSM
  • Exercise Specialist-ACSM
  • Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist-ACSM
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-NSCA

Associated Faculty

Shinya Takahashi portrait picture

Shinya Takahashi Associate Professor of Practice, Associate Department Chair, CEHS Academic Program Lead

Terry Housh Professor

The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming to all;
where each person feels accepted, valued, and safe. To learn more, visit: https://cehs.unl.edu/nhs/nhs-deib/.