Advanced Studies on Physical Activity and Health
Part of this Programme
Physical Education and Sport
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Doctorate | Semestral | 15
Year | Type of course unit | Language
1 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
375 | 45
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
1. The present state of the art knowledge in the Physical Activity and Health (PAH) field:
a. Biological mechanisms
b. Psychological mechanisms
c. The best practices in the PAH
i. In the cardiovascular health
ii. In the metabolic diseases and obesity
iii. In the human development and aging
2. The research methods in the PAH
a. The indexed information sources
b. The elaboration of scientific projects
i. The foundation, the definition of the objective, the method
ii. The projects¿ preparation for funding institutions
c. The project¿s application
i. Processes and resources control
d. The project¿s assessment and its final products
i. Data and results analysis
ii. The discussion of results
iii. The publication in indexed journals
iv. The presentation of the results to the society
3. The research and practice in the PAH field in the health policies context
a. The national and international (N/I) documents of health policies guidance
b. The N/I financing institutions.
1. To prepare researchers and professionals with a consolidated training, supported on evidence based literature about the promotion of healthy lifestyles, including knowledge of the biological and psychosocial mechanisms of the exercise¿s influence on health and the best practices about the implementation of that knowledge.
2. To prepare researchers and professionals with competencies in the elaboration, application and assessment of research projects in the exercise and health field with the aid of the most updated theoretical reasoning and the methodological paradigms recommended in the indexed scientific literature.
3. To prepare researchers and professionals to act in a solid and pertinent way which is adjusted to the national health plan (2011-2016 and following).
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
To prepare researchers and professionals with competencies in the elaboration, application and assessment of research projects in the exercise and health field with the aid of the most updated theoretical reasoning and the methodological paradigms recommended in the indexed scientific literature.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
Theoretical and theoretical/practical classes (experiential learning).
The b-learning system will be used with the aid of the Moodle platform.
I. Group assignment: research project to be presented to a financing institution. This project will include: a) the
critical analysis of the literature about one of the research themes (article for a scientific journal); b) full research protocol (Fathala et al, 2004); and c) an oral presentation about this assignment.
II. Individual assignment: research pre-project, including:
a. Full research protocol
4. Simulation of data collection, analysis and results presentation.
5. Final products (articles in scientific journals)
The final mark will be: 0, 70*individual assignment+0, 30*group assignment. All the assessment > 9,5.
Assessment by means of an exam Individual assignment plus the article about the critical analysis of literature.
Chodzko-Zajko, et al. (2009). Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults. MSSE, 41(7), 1510-1530.
Dewey, W. L. (2007). The complete writing guide to NIH behavioral science grants. New York: Oxford University Press.
Donnelly, J. E., et al (2009). Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults.MSSE, 41(2), 459-471.
Fathalla, M., Fathalla, M., & WHO. (2004). A practical guide for health researchers. Cairo: WHO, EMRO.
Glasziou, P., Burls, A., & Gilbert, R. (2008). Evidence based medicine and the medical curriculum. BMJ, 337, a1253.
Kohrt, W. M., et al (2004). Physical Activity and Bone Health. MSSE, 36(11), 1985-1996.
MSSE. (2010). Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes. MSSE, 42(12), 2282-2303.
Pescatello, L. S., et al. (2004). Exercise and Hypertension. MSSE, 36(3), 533-553.
Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report. (2008). Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services.