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The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise. Current data from The Health Survey for England suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease. Read more
The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise...

Current data from The Health Survey for England suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.

In an attempt to reduce levels of obesity and other diet related health problems numerous government initiatives have been launched such as Healthy Lives, Healthy People; the National Child Measurement Programme; the Public Health Responsibility Deal and the Change4Life campaign, with the aim of preventing people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat healthily and move more.

Increased awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and the association between diet and health at all stages of life has led to a growth of public interest in the subject of nutrition.

Why St Mary's?

The course has been designed to enable students to continue working along side their studies. They will only attend St Mary’s University for one day a week (plus two intensive weeks).

The programme is mapped against the Competency Requirements for Course Accreditation outlined by The Association for Nutrition (AfN). This accreditation allows successful MSc students direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (UKVRN).

Teaching and Assessment

A wide range of teaching methods are employed. There is a considerable amount of student involvement in sessions and great emphasis is placed on developing communication skills.

Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work outside formal contact hours. Assessment for most of the modules is through coursework.

Career Prospects

In today’s market place, employers are seeking staff who are suitably skilled and qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities.

The MSc in Human Nutrition provides students with the theoretical underpinning together with relevant practical skills to enable them to practice in the fields of nutrition and public health.

In addition, once the course has been accredited it will provide students direct entry on to The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to pursue careers in:
-Community nutrition
-Primary care trusts
-Food advocacy
-Public health and health promotion organisations
-Teaching in further and higher education institution

The PG Certificate in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to develop their nutritional knowledge and for Continued Professional Development.

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Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. Read more
Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, coupled with the government’s agenda to reduce the proportion of sedentary and obese children and adults, requires a co-coordinated public health approach.

To help meet these needs, Staffordshire University led the way by developing the MSc Physical Activity and Public Health which was the first academic programme of its kind in the UK to be offered by online distance learning.

The award covers the main areas of public health, such as principles that underpin practice and epidemiology. It focuses on research methods and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry (often used as evidence in health improvement), physical activity specific modules relating to disease prevention and critiquing interventions, and strategies around working with and engaging communities. Finally, there is an independent research project of your choice, with a specialist focus on physical activity.

-Provides a vital understanding of both public health principles and the importance of physical activity within a public health context.
-This award represents a flexible approach, via distance learning, to postgraduate study in physical activity and public health at a time and place convenient for the learner, allowing you to learn while you earn.
-Modules are led by specialists and delivered sequentially with weekly activities and tasks which provide opportunities for those working on the physical activity agenda to enhance their critical understanding of the evidence base for action while drawing on their own experiential knowledge for professional development.

Course content

-Epidemiology and Basic Statistics in Public Health (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health (15 credits)
-Working With Communities for Health Improvement (30 credits)
-Physical Activity for Health & Disease Prevention (30 Credits)
-Physical Activity Interventions (30 Credits)
-Masters' Research Project (60 Credits) - with a focus on physical activity

Employment opportunities

Students may already be working in a public health organisation, but completion of this award will enhance employment opportunities in a variety of physical activity related public health roles.

Other admission requirements

We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications. Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of:
IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
OR
TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

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Suitable for health professionals with an interest in exercise and the potential of physical activity, this course incorporates the exploration of physical activity in various critical settings within the public health arena (eg obesity, sedentary lifestyles and diabetes). Read more
Suitable for health professionals with an interest in exercise and the potential of physical activity, this course incorporates the exploration of physical activity in various critical settings within the public health arena (eg obesity, sedentary lifestyles and diabetes). This is a flexible programme structured to provide core and option modules tailored to the individual student profile.

In parallel to and offering shared learning with the MSc Rehabilitation, this course offers the opportunity to enhance the skills of critical enquiry and gain an appreciation of the underlying theory, research and policy guiding current health practice. There is a strong emphasis on exercise physiology, the role of exercise through the lifespan, and psychology for exercise to understand issues critical to adherence and behaviour change.

Highlights

>Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.
>Before starting the course, you can discuss your work and personal and professional aspirations to select appropriate modules and create an individual programme plan.
>You will have the chance to meet other postgraduate students with whom you will share the core modules.
>You can take individual modules as free-standing short courses without committing to the full MSc.
>The course can be taken full time over one calendar year (Thursdays and Fridays) or part time over two years (attending for one day). More flexible routes can be discussed with the course director within a five year period.

[[Modules]

The minimum period of study for the part-time programme route is 24 months; maximum period of study is 60 months.

The minimum period of study for the full time route is 12 months; maximum period of study is 36 months. It is possible to study modules on a standalone basis leading to an MSc, PgDip or PgCert over five years.

Core modules studied on this course:
Advanced exercise prescription
Critical thinking in practice
Data Analysis
Exercise through the life span
Research methods
Research project

Optional modules:
Cardiac rehabilitation
Exercise intervention for obesity and diabetes
Life after stroke
Managing fatigue: implications for exercise
Pain management
Professional development in rehabilitation
Psychology for exercise
Pulmonary rehabilitation
Quality and innovation in rehabilitation
Rehabilitation
Self-management in long term and neurological conditions

Careers

Graduates will be able to confidently participate in the academic community through discussion and debate; adopt an evidence based approach to health and wellbeing; present at workplace meetings, conferences and publish work in relevant journals.

Upon graduation from the full MSc Applied Exercise for Health students can expect to gain working roles within the following fields:

Academic roles/PhD studies.
Leadership roles in the Health and Fitness industry.
Developing specialist programmes for obese children via GP practice.
Working and developing programme for people post heart attack (GP referral clinic).
Working with people in respiratory rehabilitation programmes.
Public Health setting (national/international)

Studying

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods; lectures, tutorials, student led seminars, group work, practical laboratory sessions, tutor led study and self-directed study.

You will learn in an inter-professional setting; working alongside clinical staff, researchers and students familiar with the health and wellbeing environment.

Student support is a central feature of the programme and is provided in multiple ways:

virtual learning environment, containing supplementary materials.
academic and pastoral support from an academic supervisor and personal tutor.
regular structured feedback from your module leader and academic supervisor.
peer assisted learning.
specific workshops of skill development such as giving presentations.
support in managing transition into postgraduate education and back into practice.
access to a range of student welfare support services.

Application

To download an application for the course and find out more information about the process and our deadlines, please visit our website.

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Discover how to change the food system for the better on this unique MSc in Food Policy at City. From artisanal bakeries to Ministries of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Read more
Discover how to change the food system for the better on this unique MSc in Food Policy at City.

Who is it for?

From artisanal bakeries to Ministries of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Our students come to study the MSc in Food Policy from around the world, across the food landscape and go on to develop their careers in a variety of ways once they graduate.

The course is for students who are passionate about food policy and are open to challenging their own assumptions. We want you to graduate from this Masters with a more disciplined and rigorous approach so you can be more effective in pursuing your passions within the food domain.

Objectives

How does a coconut growing in Malaysia become a coconut drink in the UK? On this programme we explore how policy influences the trajectory of food not just from field to fork but across time and territory.

The MSc in Food Policy is about analysing, researching and informing the future of food policy from the local to global scale. It is run by the Centre for Food Policy, which has pioneered an integrated approach to food policy since 1994.

The ways in which we produce, process, distribute, market, prepare and consume food have important consequences for our health and that of the planet. We look at the positive and negative impacts of food, from the health, environmental, political, socio-economic and cultural perspective.

This Masters promotes genuine interdisciplinary because we think you need to look at the subject from all angles to make the most holistic evaluation. It draws on social sciences (sociology, politics, economics, anthropology, psychology) as well as health sciences and epidemiology. We look at the latest food policy debates and place them in a historical context.

You will be taught by a team of specialist food policy specialists who are leaders in the field. Our academic staff are actively involved in research and in policy-making on the local, national and global stage. Our teaching reflects this engagement.

Students are exposed to conflicting narratives about the problems facing the food system and the best ways to resolve them. We address important questions of our time, such as:
-Are we producing too much or too little food to feed the world population?
-How have we ended up living in a world where there are more overweight and obese people than under-nourished people?
-Why is a third of the food produced globally lost or wasted?
-How can we deal with the massive impact of agriculture on climate change?
-How do lobbyists and the media influence what we eat?

Academic facilities

As a food policy student at City, University of London you can learn from experts at leading institutions across the UK through the Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) initiative.

Created for postgraduate students, the initiative aims to address an urgent skills shortage in the food industry and tackle systematic failings in the food system by combining resources and knowledge. The network, which is made up of five leading higher education institutions including City and the University of Oxford, gives you the opportunity to take part in research and internship placements during your degree.

When it comes to studying food policy, London is an amazing location. Giving you one of the most sociologically diverse laboratories, it offers a wide range of accessible resources. From the myriad centres of policy and media to the endless range of public events, at City you can become a researcher in a global city and hone your focus towards your own area of interest and/or expertise. As part of the University of London, you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

We are a passionate and engaged team who will help you understand how to change the food system for the better. You will learn through a mixture of lectures, small group activities, whole class discussions, workshops and independent study. There are a lot of group discussions in class. We encourage you to ask questions, contribute your own experiences and apply your own perspectives to the issues we explore. The programme also encourages a strong peer-to-peer community through social media.

For the distance-learning mode you will be able to watch the lectures online, which are supplemented with written exercises and one-to-one Skype tutorials with the teaching staff.

Assessment

Each taught module is assessed by two pieces of written work. The first is handed in during the middle of term so that you receive useful feedback before moving on to the second assignment. In each case you will choose the topic. You will also be asked to write different kinds of documents (briefing papers, memos, reports as well as essays) that correspond to those you would have to write in policy-making organisations. Then you work on your dissertation, which is a longer (15,000 word) piece of work, enabling you to delve into a food policy topic of your choice in depth. You will gain support from a personal supervisor who is a senior academic from the Centre for Food Policy.

Modules

The course consists of four core taught modules (worth 30 credits each) and a dissertation (worth 60 credits). The dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake research on a topic of your choice that is relevant to food policy. The course has been designed to enable you to pursue your own interests and passions. In every assignment you have the opportunity to engage with the issues you care about.

The course is flexible to fit in with your work commitments so you can study this Masters on a full-time (one year), part-time (two years) or on a distance-learning basis (two years). The taught modules take place in the first and second terms, and the dissertation starts in the third term and continues until September (December for part-time students). For each taught module there are approximately 10 three-hour teaching sessions. In addition you are expected to undertake around 270 hours of independent study. For the whole programme, you should expect to study for around 1800 hours (35 hours per week for full-time students, 17.5 hours for part-time students).

Taught modules
-FPM001 - Food and public policy (30 credits)
-FPM003 - Food, culture and society (30 credits)
-FPM002 The political economy of food (30 credits)
-FPM004 Food, public health and the environment (30 credits)

Career prospects

We are very proud of our alumni. Our employability stats – the highest within the School – reflect the range of opportunities available to our graduates. For example, our alumni run NGOs and progressive food businesses, work in government and UN agencies, and have established great careers in health advocacy, journalism and academia.

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Please note this course is offered via The College of Contemporary Health. Designed for healthcare professionals, to advance your career in obesity care and management, the most prominent distinguishing feature of this course is the fact that it is delivered wholly online. Read more
Please note this course is offered via The College of Contemporary Health

Designed for healthcare professionals, to advance your career in obesity care and management, the most prominent distinguishing feature of this course is the fact that it is delivered wholly online.

The modules in the Postgraduate Certificate in Obesity Care and Management critically review the latest research on obesity in order to prepare students to deal with the complexity of the condition, whilst ensuring a compassionate approach to dealing with those people requiring obesity care. The modules in the Postgraduate Diploma build on these skills whilst also allowing for specialisation in a particular area so that students may further develop their professional practice. You will then have the opportunity progress to the MSc where you can undertake an original research-based enquiry, in an area of personal interest, relevant to your specific area of professional practice.

All material is evidence-based and referenced using the latest research material. Current practice guidelines are taken from professional bodies including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Nursing, British Psychological Society, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and Public Health England (PHE). Comparisons are also made with guidelines in other countries to ensure students are acquainted with best practice from across the globe.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/obesity-care-and-management

Modules

YEAR 1 PGCert:
- Obesity: Causes and Consequences (Core)
- Obesity: Behavioural Aspects (Core)
- Obesity: The Solutions? (Core)

YEAR 2 PGDip (A choice of 3 modules):
- The Obese Person (Core)
- Obesity and Reproductive Health
- Paediatric Obesity
- Nutritional Approaches to Obesity
- Comparative Approaches to Obesity Care Services
- Specialist Obesity Care Services

YEAR 3 MSc (2 modules from PGDip and the following):
- Research in Health and Social Care
- Research Dissertation

Employability

Graduates of this course will enhance their knowledge and expertise in the area of obesity care and management. The course develops confident, highly skilled practitioners with a well-rounded understanding of the obesity problem and how to practically treat and manage it. It will give them the knowledge to make an impact in helping deal with the obesity epidemic.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Teaching and learning

We advise that each module requires approximately 200 study hours to complete. All modules are assessed using student selected case or project material together with active participation in Discussion Forums.

Study is on a part-time basis helping to reduce the intensity of effort required. These features combine to make the MSc in Obesity Care and Management truly unique in its ability to suit the needs of even the most time-strapped professional.

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Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. Read more
Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, coupled with the government’s agenda to reduce the proportion of sedentary and obese children and adults, requires a co-coordinated public health approach.

To help meet these needs, Staffordshire University led the way by developing the MSc Physical Activity and Public Health which was the first academic programme of its kind in the UK to be offered by online distance learning.

The award covers the main area of public health, such as principles that underpin practice and epidemiology. It focuses on research method and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry (often used as evidence in health improvement), physical activity specific modules relating to disease prevention and critiquing interventions, and strategies around working with and engaging communities. Finally, there is an independent research project of your choice, with a specialist focus on physical activity.

Course content

Core modules:
-Principles of Epidemiology and Basic Statistics
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health
-Physical Activity for Health and Disease Prevention
-Physical Activity Interventions
-Working and Engaging with Communities
-Master's Research Project (with a focus on physical activity)

Other admission requirements

Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
OR
-A minimum score of 600 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 250 in the computer-based test.
OR
-Cambridge Proficiency Grade B

Postgraduate courses: please submit a completed on – line postgraduate application form. We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

We will also require two references, a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

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Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. Read more
Physical activity has been described as the “best buy” in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, coupled with the government’s agenda to reduce the proportion of sedentary and obese children and adults, requires a co-coordinated public health approach.

To help meet these needs, Staffordshire University led the way by developing the MSc Physical Activity and Public Health which was the first academic programme of its kind in the UK to be offered by online distance learning.

The award covers the main area of public health, such as principles that underpin practice and epidemiology. It focuses on research method and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry (often used as evidence in health improvement), physical activity specific modules relating to disease prevention and critiquing interventions, and strategies around working with and engaging communities. Finally, there is an independent research project of your choice, with a specialist focus on physical activity.

Course content

Core modules:
-Principles of Epidemiology and Basic Statistics
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health
-Physical Activity for Health and Disease Prevention
-Physical Activity Interventions
-Working and Engaging with Communities
-Master's Research Project (with a focus on physical activity)

Other admission requirements

Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
OR
-A minimum score of 600 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 250 in the computer-based test.
OR
Cambridge Proficiency Grade B

Postgraduate courses: please submit a completed on – line postgraduate application form. We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

We will also require two references, a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

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