Evaluation of the physical activity and public health course for researchers

Kelly R. Evenson, Joan M. Dorn, Ricky Camplain, Russell R. Pate, David R. Brown

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Background: From 1995-2013, an 8-day Physical Activity and Public Health Course for Researchers has been offered yearly in the United States. Methods: In 2013, an evaluation quantified time that fellows spent in different course offerings, surveyed fellows on course impact, documented grant funding, and identified fellow participation on leading physical activity-related journals. Results: The number of fellows that attended the course ranged from 20 per year to 35 per year. Fellows who participated in the web survey (n = 322) agreed that the course: met their expectations (99%), had a positive impact on the physical activity research or practice work they did (98%), and helped increase their professional networking in the field (93%). Following the course, 73% of fellows had further contact with course faculty and 71% had further contact with other fellows. From the National Institutes of Health, 117 grants were awarded to 82 fellows (21% of eligible fellows). Out of 14 journals reviewed, 11 had at least 1 fellow on their staff as editor, associate editor, or editorial board member. Conclusion: The Physical Activity and Public Health Course for Researchers helps address a training need by providing instruction and building capacity in the US and abroad for conducting research on physical activity and public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1052-1060
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 19 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise
  • Leisure activities
  • Policy
  • Practitioner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Epidemiology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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