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Study Physical Education, Activity and Health at Otago

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Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health is a multidisciplinary major underpinned by a bio-social conceptualisation of health which combines theoretical knowledge with applied experience.

The major draws from diverse fields and links together Physical Education, Māori Physical Education and Health, Coaching, Physical Activity and Health including behavioural perspectives of physical activity. Students will analyse physical activity interventions aimed at disease prevention and the advancement of well-being.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist within the areas of Health promotion, Māori health, Physical education, Community health and wellness, Physical activity, Physical education, activity and health research.

Specific roles include Health promotion co-ordinator, Exercise programme adviser (e.g. Green prescription), Wellness facilitator, Physical education teacher, Physical activity and health promoters, Medical and health researcher, Sport coach, Healthy lifestyles coordinator, Physical education officer.

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Contact details

School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Tel +64 3 479 8991
Website School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences

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*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:

Full list of available approved minor and second major subject areas

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See the full list of Sport, Physical Education and Exercise (SPEX) papers.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Physical Education, Activity and Health

Level Papers Points

SPEX 101  Sport, Science and Society

SPEX 102  Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance

ANAT 101  Anatomy for Sport and Exercise  (or HUBS 191 and HUBS 192)

PHSL 101  Physiology for Sport and Exercise  (or HUBS 191 and HUBS 192)






Three of:
SPEX 203  Exercise Physiology
SPEX 205  Physical Activity and Health
SPEX 206  Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health
SPEX 207  Understanding Sports Coaching



Four of:
SPEX 306  Te Pou o te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health
SPEX 307  Coaching, Leadership and Mentoring
SPEX 308  Psychology of Physical Activity
SPEX 309  Active Living and Environment
SPEX 310  Exercise for Clinical Populations
SPEX 316  Practicum



162 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved paper


Total   360

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