Emphasis in Public Health Physical Activity
PHPA Emphasis Area Competency
Description of Competency
Examine and evaluate evidence-based knowledge of the relationship between physical activity and population health.
Social, behavioral and environmental influences
Investigate social, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to participation in physical activity.
Examine and select social and behavioral theories and frameworks for physical activity programs in community settings.
Developing and evaluating interventions
Develop and evaluate physical activity interventions in diverse community settings.
Support evidence-based practice
Support public health officials and other community partners in the promotion of physical activity with evidence-based practices.
The curriculum prepares professionals in physical activity promotion research and evidence-based practice. Courses examine the psychological as well as social and environmental factors associated with initiating and/or adhering to exercise programs and physically active lifestyles.
Note: All students admitted Fall 2018 and beyond MUST follow the course list below.
“Core” requirements (15 or 17 credit hours)
Each student in the MPH Program must complete these required public health core courses:
- Biostatistics: MPH 701 Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 hrs)
- Environmental health sciences: MPH 802 Environmental Health (3 hrs)
- Epidemiology: 2 options:
- MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) OR
- MPH 708 Veterinary Epidemiology (2 hrs) and MPH 854 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 hrs) (TOTAL of 5 credit hours)
- Health services administration: MPH 720 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)
- Social and behavioral sciences: MPH 818 Social and Behavioral Bases of Public Health (3 hrs)
Specific Emphasis Area Requirements and Credit Hours
Required = 10 Hours
Prerequisite courses: Some courses listed may require prerequisites before being allowed to enroll in the course.
Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hrs)
Policy, Built Environment and Physical Activity (3 hrs)
Graduate Seminar in Physical Activity (1 hr)
Physical Activity and Human Behavior (3 hrs)
Interdisciplinary Process (online Manhattan; face-to-face Olathe) (3 hrs)
Public Health Nutrition (3 hrs)
Nutritional Epidemiology (3 hrs)
Interpersonal Aspects of Physical Activity (3 hrs)
Social Structural Determinants of Physical Activity (3 hrs)
Topics in the Behavioral Basis of Kinesiology (1-3 hrs)
Physical Activity Behavior Settings: Youth Sport to Senior Centers (3 hrs)
Obesity and Physical Activity: Behavioral, Environment and Policy Influences (3 hrs)
Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 hrs)
Nutrition and Exercise (3 hrs)
Individual Physical Activity Promotion (3 hrs)
Topics: Public Health Physical Activity Behavior (1-4 hrs)
Research Methods in Kinesiology (3 hrs)
Topics in the Physiological Basis of Kinesiology (1-3 hrs) (Students without an undergraduate class in physiology will be required to take this class.)
Topics in the Behavioral Basis of Kinesiology (1-3 hrs) (Students without an undergraduate class in behavioral science will be required to take this class.)
Independent Study (Instructor Permission (1-3 hrs)
Strategic Health Communication (3 hrs)
Wealth, Power and Privilege (3 hrs)
Sociology of Women (3 hrs)
Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States (3 hrs)
Regression and Analysis of Variance (3 hrs)
Sample Survey Methods (3 hrs)
Non-parametric Statistics (3 hrs)
Categorical Data Analysis (3 hrs)
Design of Experiments (3 hrs)
Intro to SAS Computing (1 hr)
Multivariate Statistics Methods (3 hrs)
Plus any graduate course approved by the graduate committee and the program director.
Culminating experience - MPH 840 (6 credit hours)
Total hrs required for MPH Degree (42 hours)
All MPH graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in ALL graduate course work to remain in good standing in the program and to graduate with an MPH degree. Detailed information concerning this requirement may be found on the Graduate School website: http://www.k-state.edu/grad/