Education and training in physical activity research and practice

Steven P. Hooker, David M. Buchner

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Despite rapid growth in resources devoted to physical activity promotion, the public health capacity to address physical inactivity is insufficient. Too few public health practitioners have the necessary skills to implement and evaluate evidence-based physical activity interventions, and schools of public health typically do not have adequate course content in physical activity. This commentary discusses the types of initiatives needed to improve the education and training of physical activity practitioners and researchers to effectively address one of the 21st century's greatest health problems-an inactive lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-296
Number of pages3
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • MPH in physical activity
  • Public health competencies
  • Transdisciplinary training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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