Physical Activity & Public Health
Postgraduate Course on Research Directions and Strategies
September 14 – 21, 2022


This 7-day course serves post-doctoral personnel and is designed to develop research competencies related to physical activity and public health.  Topics include grantsmanship skills; research funding opportunities; measurement of physical activity; design of epidemiologic studies; dose-response issues; individual, community, and policy interventions; critical research needs on physical activity in women, minorities, youth, and the elderly; and numerous special topics.  Instructional techniques include lectures, small group discussions, individual meetings with faculty, and individual grant writing projects.

Course Director: Russell R. Pate, PhD, Professor, Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina.


Faculty for the 7-day course consist of a panel of leading researchers in physical activity and include:

Michael Beets, PhD – University of South Carolina
Steve Blair, PED – University of South Carolina
Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS – University of Illinois at Chicago
David Conroy, PhD  – Pennsylvania State University
Loretta DiPietro, PhD, MPH – George Washington University
Andy Kaczynski, PhD – University of South Carolina
Bill Kohl, PhD, MSPH – University of Texas
Wendy Kohrt, PhD – University of Colorado
Bill Kraus, MD – Duke University
I-Min Lee, MD, MPH, ScD – Harvard University
Linda Nebeling, PhD, MPH – National Cancer Institute
Jim Sallis, PhD – University of California San Diego
Rachel Tabak, PhD, RD – Washington University
Mark Tremblay, PhD – Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group
Rick Troinao, PhD – United States Public Health Service (Retired)
Dianne Ward, EdD – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Greg Welk, PhD – Iowa State University
Geoff Whitfield, PhD – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD – Gramercy Research Group
Sara Wilcox, PhD – University of South Carolina