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Physical Activity And Public Health PGDip (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 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.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally: possess an honours degree of class (2:1) or above (awarded by a United Kingdom university) or equivalent; have a minimum of one year working professional experience in community or government setting, or similar. Most students are already working full-time in a related area. For those with a professional qualification, Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) will be considered. See course description for further admission requirements.

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