ARA Institute of Canterbury: Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity and Health Promotion); Graduate Diploma in Physical Activity and Health Promotion

The three year (full time) degree programme and the one year (full time) graduate diploma prepare students for careers working with individuals, groups, and communities, empowering them to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Our degree in Physical Activity and Health Promotion covers a broad range of health related topics, from cultural awareness, exercise prescription and health promotion to nutrition. It provides skills in communication, problem solving, critical analysis, and teamwork, required within the multidisciplinary field of health promotion.

Some of the areas covered within the degree include:

  • The determinants of health and health inequalities
  • Settings-based approaches to health promotion – where we live, learn, work and play
  • Cultural understandings of health within the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Disability, health and independent living
  • Physical activity prescription for health, disease and rehabilitation
  • Research design and literature critique
  • Work placements with physical activity and health organisations (e.g. Canterbury District Health Board, Maori and Pasifika health providers, Green Prescription and Workplace Wellness)


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