Numerous chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression, can be prevented, delayed, or managed with proper physical activity. Students completing the minor in Physical Activity in Public Health gain knowledge regarding the impact of physical activity on health. In addition, students learn to advocate for policy and systems changes at the population level, improving public health and enabling equitable opportunities to enjoy physically active lives. 


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: PAPB

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Required Courses

KINE 110Physical Activity and Wellness 13
or KINE 310 Exercise Physiology I
KINE 260Behavior Modification for Physical Activity3
GCH 300Introduction to Public Health3
GCH 376Health Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy3
GCH 410Physical Activity and Public Health3
GCH 466Physical Activity in Public Health Capstone (Mason Core) 23
Total Credits18

Program Outcomes

After completing this minor, students will be able to

  • Define the principles and foundations of public health. 
  • Describe the connection between physical activity and physical well-being. 
  • Analyze physical activity programs that are designed to meet the needs of a specific community or population. 
  • Examine the factors that influence adopting health behaviors, such as physical activity. 
  • Explain various forms of advocacy to affect health policy. 
  • Synthesize evidence to recommend physical activity interventions.