United Kingdom, Exeter

Preventive Medicine: Exercise and the Environment

when 2 July 2016 - 23 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1700

Preventive Medicine: Exercise and the Environment offers a detailed exploration into preventive health issues related to physical activity and the environment. Drawing upon sustained research in these topics at Exeter, you will gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the interaction of physical activity and the environment on health across the lifespan.
This pathway is aimed primarily at those undergraduates and graduates with a keen interest in exercise, physical activity, health, medicine and the environment. If you have a background in biology, sports science, kinesiology, medicine, psychology, professions allied to medicine, you will be well prepared for this pathway.
Topics will include physiological and psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, natural and virtual environments and their impact on health. These topics will encompass the lifespan, from childhood to old age. You will be able to interact with internationally renowned and world-class researchers over a series of lectures, seminars and practical sessions in natural environments and have a chance to practise and promote preventive medicine.
The programme creates a challenge for you academically whilst providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The aims of the pathway are:
To provide a thought-provoking and insightful examination of the interaction between exercise, the environment and our health which reflects the University’s strong and unique reputation for internationally excellent multi-method and multidisciplinary research and teachings in this field.
To provide a sound basis in quantitative approaches to the study of physical activity and the environment.
To work with the research expertise of staff across various, diverse disciplines (psychology, physiology, exercise medicine, paediatric exercise science, the environment) to allow a rounded exploration of how physical activity and the environment can influence population health.
Key texts:
Adrianne E. Hardman, David J. Stensel, Physical Activity and Health: The evidence explained (2nd ed. Routledge, 2009)
Claude Bouchard, Steven N. Blair, William Haskell, Physical Activity and Health (Human Kinetics, 2007)

Course leader

Dr Richard Pulsford

Target group

Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or above; postgraduate students with an interest in the subject are also welcome.

Course aim

To explore preventive health issues related to physical activity and the environment.

Fee info

GBP 1700: Tuition and social programme fees which includes a weekend in London, events on campus and day trips to Bath and St Ives.
GBP 760: Accommodation plus breakfast and dinner.


We offer a number of partial scholarships.