7WLM0025 Physical Activity and Nutrition for Public Health (Online)

About the course

This online course will enable you to: 

  • critically evaluate the role of physical activity and nutrition on public health 
  • design exercise and nutrition-based interventions to improve health for a given individual or population. 
  • discover how much exercise we should be doing, and how to quantify its benefits to live a healthy lifestyle 
  • learn how we design behaviour change interventions to make us more active 
  • learn how the benefits of physical exercise can help reduce the mental health burden in the NHS. 

For more information, please email our Online Degrees Team.

Who should attend this course? 

  • anyone working in health care, social care, sports, or similar public health service, who wants to enhance their conceptual underpinning and practical skills in order to improve individual and population health 
  • the course is tailored implicitly towards the needs of diverse health professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, public health nurses 
  • for allied health, social care and environmental health professionals, sports therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, nutritionists   
  • for the wider public health workforce in the non-governmental sector 
  • for those who are not ready to commit to the complete degree yet and would like to try one module to see how online study will fit around their work and life commitments. 

Course content 

On this course you will explore the effects of regular physical activity on health including cardiorespiratory, metabolic, and musculoskeletal adaptations that result from regular physical activity, while also learning about the domino effect that physical activity has on mental health and wellbeing. 

The course will also discuss the importance of nutrition in relation to public health and explore different interventions aiming to increase levels of physical activity, as recommended in current guidelines for different populations.  

Theoretical models of behaviour change and their application in relation to exercise and physical activity will be addressed. You will explore and utilis tools which allow you to evaluate the effect of physical activity on health, from epidemiological studies at population level, to fitness tests at individual level.  

Finally, this Physical Activity and Nutrition for Public Health course will discuss socioeconomic issues, hampering physical activity levels in particular populations, and strategies to maximise behaviour change towards a physically active lifestyle.  

Further study 

For students who want to further develop and enhance their skills and knowledge in Physical activity and Nutrition for Public Health, this course can also be used towards the following pathway: 

The Master of Public Health course has been validated by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). This is an independent international accreditation organisation, providing international and transparent recognition of the quality of the public health masters programme. 

Teaching methods

The course is delivered online, with live webinars and small group workshops. Audio and video resources will also be available to generate debate and discussion. 


The module is assessed through reflective writing and presentation. 



Start DateEnd DateLink
24/05/202418/09/2025Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


Start DateEnd DateLink
24/05/202518/09/2026Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

Course fees

2022/23 price for 15 credits: £800

2022/23 price for 30 credits: £1600