Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon


    Exploring the health benefits of physical activity, design of physical activity initiatives in schools, workplace and communities, exercise recommendations for healthy individuals and the role of exercise in disease prevention.

    This paper provides an introduction to the field of physical activity and health. The paper explores the health benefits of physical activity and individual, social, environmental and policy influences on physical activity. The paper will also explore physical activity promotion in different settings, physical activity recommendations for healthy individuals across lifespan and the role of physical activity in disease prevention.

    About this paper

    Paper title Physical Activity and Health
    Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    HUBS 192 or PHSE 102 or PHSL 101 or POPH 192 or PUBH 191or SPEX 102
    PHSE 315, PHSE 515
    Schedule C

    Suitable for students interested in physical activity, public health, health promotion, exercise science, exercise prescription, exercise physiology and clinical exercise physiology.


    Teaching staff

    Dr Lara Vliestra

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers five modules:

    Module 1: Introduction to Physical Activity and Health

    Module 2: Ecological Approach to Physical Activity

    Module 3: Designing Exercise Programs for Healthy Individuals

    Module 4: Role of Exercise in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

    Module 5: Cultural Perspectives on Physical Activity Promotion

    Teaching Arrangements

    The content will be delivered through a combination of classroom sessions, in-class activities, laboratories, seminars and case studies.


    No required textbook. A reading list will be provided, which details the book chapters or research articles that complement each lecture. These readings will be available online or through course reserve in the library.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this paper students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of physical activity epidemiology, benefits and risks, current guidelines and assessment
    • Demonstrate understanding of individual, social, environmental and policy influences on physical activity
    • Demonstrate knowledge in designing physical activity interventions in the community, schools and workplace settings
    • Demonstrate knowledge in designing comprehensive exercise programmes for healthy individuals
    • Demonstrate understanding of the role of exercise in chronic disease prevention and management


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 30, 32-33, 37, 39-41
    A2 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 30, 32-33, 37, 39-41
    A3 Thursday 13:00-14:50 30, 32-33, 37, 39-41
    A4 Thursday 15:00-16:50 30, 32-33, 37, 39-41
    Back to top