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 of physical 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.

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Compulsory attendance at 2 x 1 day workshops


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 http://www.fulltext/

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Content of Core MPH electives noted as prerequisites, PUBH5010, PUBH5033, (PUBH5031 or QUAL5005)

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Content of Core MPH electives noted as prerequisites

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