Graduate students, Physical Activity and Health M.Ed.

Physical Activity and Health M.Ed.

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 % 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.

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. They 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.

Career opportunities

The Physical Activity and Health M.Ed. prepares students to pursue the following careers, including but not limited to:

  • Teacher and researcher in higher education

  • Program specialist for workplace wellness, health promotion, weight management programs

  • Program coordinator, interventionist for non-profit organizations (e.g., YMCA)

  • Specialist for sales and development of medical equipment

  • Government official (e.g., Minnesota Department of Health)

   This program is very flexible, catering to one's academic and career goals. It opens new doors across different disciplines, leading to lots of career options.

Ian W., Physical Activity and Health M.Ed. graduate

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Nina Wang, MS

Graduate Program Coordinator & M.Ed. Adviser



Christopher Lundstrom, PhD

Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Science
M.Ed. Director, Sport and Exercise Science; Physical Activity and Health