Physical Activity and Public Health (PUBH5025)


This course will build on introductory public health core units of study and apply them to an examination of physical activity and public health. The epidemiological and other evidence for health and social benefits and reasons for activity will be considered, as well as evidence-based strategies and settings for increasing physical activity at the population level. The course will consider the differences between local level 'exercise programs' and large scale public efforts, and develop an understanding of policy and advocacy as applied to physical activity promotion.

Further unit of study information


Compulsory attendance at 2 x 1 day workshops, followed by two weeks on line discussion. In addition, in 2014, participants are expected to register for the course 3-4 weeks in advance [with] so they can be directed to the website to watch the compulsory pre-course videos [there are 6-8 10-15 minute videos on physical activity and public health that we have created].


Attendance and participation at workshop (20%), 1x written assignment (1500-2000 words) (80%)


Bauman, A., Bellow, B., Vita, P., Brown, W., Owen, N. Getting Australia Active I: towards better practice for the promotion of physical activity. National Public Health Partnership. Melbourne, Australia, March 2002 ISBN: 0-9580326-2-9
Bull,. F.C., Bauman, A.E., Bellow, B., Brown, W. (eds) Getting Australia Active II: An update on physical activity. Melbourne, Australia. National Public Health Partnership (NPHP) 2005. (ISBN: 0-9750074-1-6) (Revised and updated second edition)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Content of Core MPH electives noted as prerequisites, (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100), PUBH5033, (PUBH5031 or QUAL5005)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.