Master of Public Health Degree Program
The Physical Activity concentration will train you as a professional to effectively work within communities and organizations to promote a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.
You will learn how to assess physical activity behavior, to apply behavioral theories when designing physical activity interventions, use epidemiology techniques to describe the relationship between physical activity and health and to develop public health policies aimed at impacting physical activity behavior.
You will be provided multiple opportunities to gain knowledge and hands-on experience through education, community engagement, and research.
Our curriculum provides the opportunity to combine the physical activity major with other majors to obtain a specialized degree.
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During the Master of Public Health program, our students complete coursework in core public health courses as well as courses specific to their concentration area. Students typically take two years to complete the MPH degree (three semesters of course work and a one semester applied learning experience).
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Research and Community Engagement
Students have opportunities to work with faculty members in different areas of public health research. Example research projects include:
- Healthy IU – Indiana University Employee Wellness Program – students design, develop, deliver, and evaluate the Indiana University Employee Wellness program. Opportunities for health coaching,
- G.O.A.L. Get Onboard Active Living (G.O.A.L.) - The partnership between IU Health Bloomington Hospital and the Fitness and Wellness degree program provides students with physical activity leadership opportunities working in the community to enhance healthy lifestyles for children and their families.
- College Internship Program - develop and deliver health and wellness program to individuals with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences in an effort to help them lead independent lives.
- Indiana University and City of Bloomington Bike Initiatives - Assess impact of campus and City of Bloomington initiatives
- Sustainable Communities – Students work within rural Indiana communities to improve community health via activities such as assessments, interventions, policy development, and grant writing.
Applied Practice Experience
The MPH degree prepares students to serve as public health professionals and leaders in government, business, industry, higher education, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector healthcare settings. A variety of field experience opportunities are available for MPH students. It is highly recommended that students speak with their advisors and personally research possible field experience sites. Please review the course requirements in the MPH Field Experience Handbook.
Students have completed their field experiences in a variety of settings which include:
- Cook Medical Worksite Wellness
- NCAA - analysis of participation data
- Tennessee Department of Health
- Fit2Serve - Community-based physical activity program
- Brown County School District – AmeriCorps internship working with local school district
- Indiana University Recreational Sports
- Healthy IU Employee Wellness Initiative
- Indiana State Department of Health
- Wellness Council of Indiana
- IU Student Health Center
- American College of Sports Medicine (Indianapolis headquarters)
In addition to MPH Foundational Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Physical Activity, students will be able to:
- Identify how the relationship between physical activity and health differs according to lifespan development and among diverse populations
- Develop a basic ability to read and interpret research evidence to identify best practices in evidence-based, developmentally appropriate physical activity interventions
- Educate, collaborate, communicate, and engage with community partners to promote physical activity at multiple settings and in a variety of populations
- Develop, implement, and evaluate behavioral based physical activity interventions
- Recommend and translate effective intervention strategies to partners and other constituents
- Use physical activity assessment and surveillance mechanisms to assess physical activity and prioritize community –based interventions and policies across diverse populations
Next Steps in Your Public Health Career
An MPH from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington opens doors to a variety of exciting opportunities. Tracking of post-graduation outcomes of the most recent cohort of MPH graduates revealed that 88 percent of graduates reported employment or continuing education within six months of earning their degree (with the outcomes of 95% of MPH graduates known). The Office of Career Services in our school offers a valuable array of advice and support for our MPH students in successfully pursuing their career goals.
Public Interest in a healthy lifestyle is increasing the demand for public health professionals. Recent graduates have obtained positions at the following:
- Director of Population Health, Apex Benefits, Indianapolis
- Assistant Professor Texas A&M University
- Quantum Health Client Executive
- Monroe County Consolidated School Corporation Wellness Coordinator
- Health and Wellness Coach – Active Health Management
- Fitness Coordinator at Illinois State University Campus Recreation, Ph.D. candidate University of Illinois
- Community Health Coordinator – IU Health
- Fitness Director Recreational Sports – University of Michigan
- Health Coach/Greenville Health Systems, Greenville, SC
- Podiatry School/University of Chicago
- University of Michigan Health Systems Consultant
- Product Manager Kaiser Permanente, Burbank California
- Assistant Director Fitness and Marketing, Seattle University
- Indiana State Department of Health/Consolidated School Health Coordinator
- Ph.D. student Behavioral Health/IUB SPH
- Ph.D. Student Recreational Sports/Tourism Management/IUB SPH
- Cigna Midwest Client Engagement Coordinator
- University of South Carolina Ph.D. Candidate
- Indiana State Department of Health/Childhood Obesity Coordinator
- Student Development Coordinator for Campus Recreation – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Environmental Health Safety Specialist – Sherman and Reilly, Chattanooga TN
- Johnson Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center, Franklin, IN.