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Arnold School of Public Health


Graduate Degrees in Physical Activity and Public Health

Our Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health is the first academic program in the nation designed to prepare professionals to increase physical activity and improve health in populations.

As the sedentary lifestyle becomes the norm for an increasing number of the population, the risk of chronic disease is at an all-time high. The promotion of physical activity for people of all ages has become a top priority in public health. Are you interested in a career where you can have a direct impact on the physical activity levels and the health of those in your community, state, nation and beyond? If this is your aspiration, then the Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health may be the degree program for you.

Physical Activity and Public Health, MPH-PAPH

Our program will provide you with the essential knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare you to design, implement and evaluate interventions to increase physical activity in populations. Recent graduates of the MPH-PAPH program are in mid-level positions, such as coordinator for the Safe Routes to School program in South Carolina, health educator for chronic disease prevention at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and health educator of campus wellness programs at the University of South Carolina.

The program provides students with unique opportunities to:

  • study issues and concepts germane to physical activity and public health
  • acquire appropriate background knowledge and experience in an epidemiological approach to public health problems as related to physical activity
  • develop skills integral to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs that are intended to promote increased physical activity in populations.