Physical Activity

Physical Activity (PEPA MOOC)

The evidence for physical activity, the related health benefits, best practices for exercise prescription and becoming an advocate for greater activity


Physical inactivity has a major health effect worldwide. It has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally (WHO, 2015). Of the deaths attributable to physical inactivity, 2.6 million are in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While physical inactivity is more prevalent in high- and middle-income countries, even in low-income countries it is among the top ten risk factors contributing to death.

The global physical inactivity crisis, and the epidemic of life-style related diseases (non-communicable diseases or NCDs) has created an urgent need for health care professionals to develop effective approaches for including physical activity into patient interactions. Creating a more active population requires joined up thinking and action from many health care professionals and related stakeholders.

This course is designed to help healthcare professionals understand the size of the problem of physical inactivity in populations globally, the role of physical inactivity in the causation of a number of conditions and the benefits of exercise in treatment and prevention, and to encourage those who access the course to perform and evaluate interventions to increase physical activity in their settings. This course will give you the confidence, competencies and capabilities, to offer safe and effective physical activity and exercise advice. It also aims to inspire and support all health care professionals to lead on physical activity advocacy and action within your practice, from local to global action.


  1. Section one – Basic principles of the relation between exercise and health
  2. Section two – Global issues surrounding physical activity
  3. Section three – Role of physical activity in chronic illness
  4. Section four – Role of physical activity in specific conditions
  5. Section five – Utilising physical activity in treatment
  6. Section six – Quantifying physical activity and the future


I want to thank all of colleagues, profs, etc. from the leading team, who gave us the opportunity to learn a lot about how to work towards making people more active.
This online course has made me a better Physiotherapist. This course had helped me to hone my skills and knowledge base as to the numerous benefits physical activity can offer.
EXCELLENT COURSE! I feel empowered and motivated to be a PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CHAMPION.