Postgraduate taught 

Sport & Exercise Science & Medicine MSc

Physical Activity and Health: Public Health and Behaviour Change MED5344

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to provide the students with an in depth critical knowledge and understanding of physical activity policy development, the key concepts in physical activity behaviour change in public health and the promotion of physical activity at a population level and with specific targeted populations

Timetable

Lectures and tutorials will take place in semester 2

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Written Report 50% (3000 words)

Essay on specified topic 50% (3000 words)

Course Aims

To provide the students with an in depth critical knowledge and understanding of physical activity policy development, the key concepts in physical activity behaviour change in public health and the promotion of physical activity at a population level and with specific targeted populations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Critically discuss the key concepts in public health, epidemiology, health education and health promotion

Critically evaluate factors underpinning the development of effective physical activity guidelines

Critically review strategies for physical activity behaviour change

Critically discuss and evaluate the practice of public health promotion of physical activity at a population level and in targeted special populations and to critically review the particular issues of recruitment and adherence for these populations, using relevant examples

Critically review the importance and process of evaluation of physical activity projects in public health

Critically evaluate methods of physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement

Critically discuss areas of uncertainty and gaps of knowledge in the current physical activity and public health literature and design future research studies to address these issues

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.