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Physical Activity and Health (B.Sc.)

Taught in German


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During the bachelor's degree programme, you will deal with the interaction of health and exercise from a natural science and sports science perspective.

The bachelor's degree programme addresses the socially highly relevant topic of health from a scientific perspective and provides students with specific scientific and research methodological knowledge and competencies that enable them to promote a health-oriented lifestyle through exercise and sport on very different levels of society in a scientifically sound manner. Essential characteristics of the study programme are

  • its scientific orientation
  • its theoretical and research orientation, and
  • the technical and content-related connection of course-related practical components with the theoretical training within many modules.



There is no particular test of suitability for practical sport. Students should com with an enthusiasm about sports and exercise. A good knowledge of mathematical and scientific subjects and English (level B2) is required.


since 19 August 2008.

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BSc


Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the study programme

The study programme is composed of the following modules:

  • 24 compulsory modules (6 CP each)
  • two elective modules (6 CP each)
  • a professional internship (12 CP)
  • a thesis module (12 CP)


Course of studies

The course of study consists of the following modules:

1st semester

  • Scientific work
  • Internal Organs and Cardiovascular System I: Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Exercise I: Fundamental
  • Individual determinants of exercise and health behavior

2nd semester

  • Statistics
  • Societal determinants of exercise and health behavior
  • Musculoskeletal system 1: Fundamentals
  • Internal organs and cardiovascular system II: Pathophysiology of internal diseases
  • Mind and Brain I: Fundamentals

3rd semester

  • Mind and Brain II: Movement Disorders
  • Mind and Brain IIb: Psychopathologies
  • Musculoskeletal System II: Orthopedics and Traumatology
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Training II: Diagnostics

4th semester

  • Elective module I
  • Sports and Prevention
  • Professional field internship
  • Teaching and mediation

5th semester

  • Adaptation & Learning
  • Strength Training
  • Preparatory module Bachelor's thesis
  • Elective module II
  • Professional field oriented profiling

6th semester

  • Exercise and health across the lifespan
  • Sports therapy
  • Evaluation in health sport
  • Bachelor's thesis


Practical experience

A professional field internship is (see above) part of the study programme.



Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Health certificate

When registering applicants must provide a doctor’s health certificate of their suitability for sport. The basic requirements for this certificate are the diagnostic procedures and criteria listed in the form "Certification of Suitability for Sport" (Bestätigung der Sporttauglichkeit). During the registration period this form is published on the webpage of the Sports Science Department, or can be found here.

English skills are required

Knowledge of English at level B2 is required, as the specialist literature is predominantly in English. However, formal proof is not required.

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Career Options

Career Options

Programmes of further study at JLU

The following consecutive master's degrees are offered by JLU:


Career options / Job market

This course of study qualifies students for positions in institutions dealing with health (prevention, rehabilitation, sport of the handicapped), in sports clubs, in health management at the work place, sports groups and the sport and free time industry.

Among the possible positions are those concerned with the organization of medical preventative and rehabilitation measures, teaching activities, scientific work, consultant activities, project planning and supervision, publicity, moderation and mediation in the area of sports and movement culture.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

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Subject Advisors
Subject Advisor

Prof. Dr. Jörn Munzert
Sports Psychology and Kinesiology, room 9

Kugelberg 62
35394 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0)641 - 99 25220/-1
Office hours: by appointment

Dr. Heiko Maurer
Training Sciences, room 04

Kugelberg 62
35394 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0)641- 99 25233
Office hours: have a look at the homepage

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