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Master of Public Health Program

Emphasis in Public Health Physical Activity

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PHPA Emphasis Area Competency

Description of Competency


Population health

Investigate the impact of physical activity on population health and disease outcomes.


Social, behavioral and environmental influences

Investigate social, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to participation in physical activity.


Theory application

Examine and select social and behavioral theories and frameworks for physical activity programs in community settings.


Developing and evaluating physical activities interventions

Develop and evaluate physical activity interventions in diverse community settings.


Support evidence-based practice

Create evidence-based strategies to promote physical activity and communicate them to community stakeholders.

(PDF - Public Health Physical Activity Course Requirements)

(Excel - MPH Degree Completion and Course Checklist)

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 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: 
  • MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) 
  • 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.

KIN 610

Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hrs)

KIN 612

Policy, Built Environment and Physical Activity (3 hrs)

KIN 796

Graduate Seminar in Physical Activity (1 hr)

KIN 805

Physical Activity and Human Behavior (3 hrs)

Elective courses = 11 hours (select remaining credits needed from the list below)

AAI 801

Interdisciplinary Process (online Manhattan; face-to-face Olathe) (3 hrs)

FNDH 600

Public Health Nutrition (3 hrs)

FNDH 844

Nutritional Epidemiology (3 hrs)

KIN 600

Interpersonal Aspects of Physical Activity (3 hrs)

KIN 602

Social Structural Determinants of Physical Activity (3 hrs)

KIN 606

Topics in the Behavioral Basis of Kinesiology (1-3 hrs)

KIN 614

Physical Activity Behavior Settings: Youth Sport to Senior Centers (3 hrs)

KIN 616

Obesity and Physical Activity: Behavioral, Environment and Policy Influences (3 hrs)

KIN 625

Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 hrs)

KIN 635

Nutrition and Exercise (3 hrs)

KIN 655

Individual Physical Activity Promotion (3 hrs)

KIN 797

Topics: Public Health Physical Activity Behavior (1-4 hrs)

KIN 815

Research Methods in Kinesiology (3 hrs)

KIN 851

Topics in the Physiological Basis of Kinesiology (1-3 hrs) (Students without an undergraduate class in physiology will be required to take this class.)

KIN 852

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.)

KIN 896

Independent Study (Instructor Permission (1-3 hrs)

MC 750

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)

STAT 705

Regression and Analysis of Variance (3 hrs)

STAT 710

Sample Survey Methods (3 hrs)

STAT 716

Non-parametric Statistics (3 hrs)

STAT 717

Categorical Data Analysis (3 hrs)

STAT 720

Design of Experiments (3 hrs)

STAT 725

Intro to SAS Computing (1 hr)

STAT 730

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/