Taught course

Physical Activity and Public Health

Staffordshire University · Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally possess an honours degree of class (2:1) or above or equivalent, and have a minimum of one year’s professional experience working in a public health role, community, government setting or similar. We consider each application on its own merits however, and other qualifications and experience may be considered. Most students will already be working full-time in a related area. For those with a professional qualification, Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) can be considered. We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.

Information for international students

Those whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum of: IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically or TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
24-60 months


distance learning
24-60 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)1782 294400