Your interest in how physical activity, nutrition, health psychology, and professional communication skills can help promote health and treat various clinical conditions could lead you to a multitude of career options.
In addition to developing a firm understanding of the links between physical activity, nutrition and health, this course offers invaluable opportunities to further career prospects during placement and research project units – including the development of practical skills and links with NHS organisations, researchers and clinicians in high-interest areas such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancer.
With relevant experience, we will also support you in registering as an Associate Nutritionist or converting to full registration as a Nutritionist/Public Health Nutritionist.
Intermediate qualifications available:
- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level
Choose Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion MSc at Bedfordshire and:
- Study in a supportive and innovative environment, on a course covering a unique combination of topics designed to integrate with current public health policy
- Explore potential career opportunities in Public Health and/or Health Promotion and Education with this MSc that will also allow you to apply for membership of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education
- Develop high-level professional standards; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, the ability to apply scientific knowledge to public health settings, and the research skills that will help you access careers in public health, the health and fitness industry or academia
- Gain the opportunity to practise your skills on work placement, or if already in post or accredited, the opportunity to specialise and develop your expertise in physical activity and nutrition
- Benefit from access to a wide range of careers in Public Health, Health Promotion and Education, roles in charities whose aims are to improve the nation’s health and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.
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Why choose this course?
This course offers a unique and congruent combination of topics which are relevant to the effective promotion of healthy lifestyles to prevent and treat diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancer
Career Management Skills
In order to develop as a health / physical activity and nutrition professional you will be encouraged to develop the following skills through many of the applied units:
- Reflection and the learning process, in order to identify personal and professional goals for continuing professional development and lifelong learning
- Communication skills sufficient to communicate safely and effectively as a professional with patients, carers and colleagues
These skills will be developed through diverse health-related assessment components and will be assessed via reflective portfolios, case-based studies, and oral presentations.
You will also complete a work placement unit to promote your awareness of the vocational relevance of the theoretical and scientific components relevant to the subject discipline, promote the development of appropriate verbal and written communications skills with external organisations and/or potential employers and enhance awareness of the vocational opportunities available to you in the subject discipline.
Career/Further study opportunities
Opportunities for career development within the health sector and health and fitness sector have been expanding in recent years. In the light of an increasing recognition of the importance of physical activity and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease within government health reports there are significant opportunities for graduates with an MSc in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion within Primary Care, for example. See below for a list of examples of relevant posts:
- Commissioning and Development Manager Physical Activity
- Community Physical Activity Worker
- Fit4Life Co-ordinator
- Health Improvement Practitioner (e.g. Obesity/Physical Activity or other e.g. mental health, cardiovascular disease, the elderly)
- Health Improvement Specialist
- Healthy Lifestyle Programme Manager (Developing Healthy Communities)
- Obesity Programme Manager
- Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor
- Public Health Manager
- Healthy Schools Specialists
- Exercise Referral Specialists
For those who wish to pursue a career in Public Health and/or Health Promotion and Education this course provides a foundation of knowledge that will be useful in acquiring the competencies though the Faculty of Public Health (Department of Health) required to join the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR.) This is a register which provides the regulation of public health specialists with a background in areas such as social science, medicine, nursing, health promotion, pharmacy, psychology and dentistry. Completion of this MSc in `Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion will also allow you the opportunity to apply as a member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.
If you wish to pursue a career in nutrition the content of this course would contribute to a portfolio for submission to the Association for Nutrition to become an accredited Nutritionist.
Other opportunities exist within organisations or charities with objectives to improve the health of the nation requiring research expertise and knowledge / experience of health promotion and lifestyle factors, for example:
- Project Officer, British Heart Foundation
- Project Officer, Nutrition Society
- Research Posts
There is also potential for career (and enhanced career) development within Education, Higher Education and Research Institutes:
- Research Assistant,
- Research Fellow
Also, for those health professionals / graduates already in post or accredited, the MSc in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion offers opportunities to specialise in the fields of physical activity and nutrition and develop expertise with the health promotion context. Such professionals may include:
- Health Psychologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Graduates in related areas e.g. Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Physical Education, Health Psychology, Exercise and Health, Biological Sciences, and professions named above (e.g. Nutrition, Physiotherapy and Nursing)
Completion of this course also prepares students to undertake further postgraduate research qualifications e.g. MPhil/PhD. Important research skills are developed and reinforced during the `Research Methods unit and the `Dissertation unit in particular.
Consultancy there is also potential for graduates to be involved in consultancy-related activities relating to the course fields and in relation to their individual specialist focus. Such activity may be in relation to the health sector, business sector and/or the health, fitness and leisure industry.