Gain the essential knowledge, skills and experiences to design, implement and evaluate interventions to increase physical activity in populations, directly impacting physical activity levels and health of communities.
Join a master's program designed for students who are ready to make a difference in the health of a local community, state, nation and beyond and have career options in health and wellness, parks and recreation, policy and environmental change or disease prevention. You'll apply science-proven techniques to a variety of careers around health and performance of individuals through exercise.
Earn a degree that fully meets the requirements for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.
Become part of the first masters of public health program to promote physical activity to improve the health of populations.
Work with other public health students in the Arnold School through our multidisciplinary core courses.
Learn from national and international faculty leaders in the field of physical activity and public health.
What You’ll Study
Study physiological adaptations to aerobic and resistance exercise, the health effects of physical activity, how to measure physical activity, and how to develop, implement, and evaluate community policy and environmental interventions. Complete a practice experience in a physical activity organization.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change
Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Examining their impact and effectiveness in achieving specific goals or objectives
Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression
Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Physical Activity Program Evaluator
- Policy Advocate
- Health Educator
- Corporate Wellness Trainer
- Active Transportation Consultant
Job Titles of Alumni
- Project Coordinator
- Program Director
- Health Promotions Coordinator
- Wellness Coordinator
- Health and Fitness Specialist
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $55,940
- Health and Wellness
- Transportation and Community Design
- Parks and Recreation
- Chronic Disease Prevention
- Policy and Environmental Change
- Health Departments
Employers of Alumni
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- University of South Carolina
- Greenville Health System
- National Cancer Institute
- SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
- Journal of Sports Medicine and Health Science