Exercise and Health

2018-2019

Course Objective

The overall aim of this course is to enable you to 1) critically comment
on an article describing the development and evaluation of an
exercise/physical activity intervention addressing a public health
problem and 2) write a grant proposal for future research addressing a
public health problem by targeting to increase exercise/physical
activity.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
− Systematically analyse a public health problem, its underlying
behavioural and environmental factors and its determinants;
− Critically comment on an article describing the development and
evaluation of an exercise/physical activity intervention addressing a
public health problem - according to set criteria;
− Write a grant proposal for future research aimed at improving a public
health problem by stimulating exercise/physical activity;
− Present and discuss your final research proposal.

Course Content

The lectures in this course will provide you with knowledge on how to
systematically analyse a public health problem, its underlying
behavioural and environmental factors and the determinants of these
factors. Additionally, the lectures will discuss how to systematically
develop, implement and evaluate (effect, process and cost-effectiveness)
a theory-based intervention addressing a public health problem. Parallel
to these lectures, you will write a commentary in which you critically
discuss an article describing the development and evaluation of an
exercise/physical activity intervention addressing a public health
problem (of your interest) - according to set criteria. Subsequently,
you will write a grant proposal in which you explain an
exercise/physical activity study that brings the research field of the
public health problem of your interest a step further (i.e. overcoming
the shortcomings in existing research). Finally, you will present and
discuss your commentary and grant proposal.

Teaching Methods

This course will consist of lectures, workshops and a final (obligatory)
presentation session.

Method of Assessment

You are required to 1) write a grant proposal that
brings the research field of the specific public health problem a step
further (80% of final grade) and 2) present your grant
proposal (20%). Both assignments must be of sufficient quality to pass
the course.

Literature

Recommended literature will be provided in the lectures.

Additional Information

The final presentation session is obligatory (scheduled as exam).

Recommended background knowledge

Knowledge on basic epidemiology principles and methods is strongly
advised (e.g. basic descriptive and analytic statistics, study designs).

General Information

Course Code B_EXERHEALTH
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator drs. F. van Nassau
Examiner drs. F. van Nassau
Teaching Staff dr. T.M. Altenburg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.