Professional students, M.Ed. in Physical Activity and Health

M.Ed. in Physical Activity and Health

Physical inactivity has been recognized as a major public health problem in the U.S. Nearly 40% of the adult population and one third of children are essentially sedentary, and more than 80 percent of adults and youth do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities for their groups, respectively. A Healthy People 2020 goal for the nation is to reduce the proportion of sedentary individuals by one-half to 20%. Achieving this goal will require a multidisciplinary approach that is critical to increasing the levels of physical activity and improving health in the United States.

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Please contact Nina Wang, M.Ed. Physical Activity and Health program adviser, with any questions.

As the master level program designed to prepare professionals trained in the science of physical activity and its promotion in a variety of populations, the M.Ed. in Physical Activity and Health at School of Kinesiology addresses this need directly. Individuals successfully acquiring this degree will play an integral role as a physical activity specialist on interdisciplinary teams aimed at the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the prevention and control of chronic diseases at the population levels.

In fact, physical activity and health is an emerging discipline with many opportunities. People with training in this area, particularly at the master’s level, are employed in state and local health departments working on public health programming for physical activity promotion. Many universities have research opportunities for people interested in studying Physical Activity and Health. Additionally, private foundations and non- governmental organizations are interested in people with training and interests in Physical Activity and Health.

The M.Ed. in Physical Activity and Health at School of Kinesiology prepares students to pursue the following careers, including but not limited to: physical activity and health specialist; Ph.D. or other professional program; teaching in higher education; workplace wellness, health promotion, weight management programs; program coordinator / interventionist for non-profit organizations (e.g., YMCA); sales and development of medical equipment; and government (e.g., Minnesota Department of Health) officials.