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Physical Activity and Public Health MSc (Distance Learning)

Course Description

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
TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

Visit the Physical Activity and Public Health MSc (Distance Learning) page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lorinda Slater

'Studying for a Masters online was a real challenge, but the delivery format gave me a unique chance to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. There are no opportunities for postgraduate study in Sport and Exercise either locally or regionally, and my desire to keep working while studying meant that the online Masters from Staffordshire University fitted my circumstances perfectly. I am sure there are many others, who, like me, really want to develop their qualifications, but are constrained by the times we live in. This award has provided the soultion for me. It has been demanding, but ultimately a very rewarding experience and one which I would strongly recommend to others.'


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally possess an honours degree of class (2:1) or above or equivalent, and have a minimum of one year’s professional experience working in a public health role, community, government setting or similar. We consider each application on its own merits however, and other qualifications and experience may be considered. Most students will already be working full-time in a related area. For those with a professional qualification, Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) can be considered. See course description for further admission details.

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