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Graduate Programme in Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Health

Welcome to the Graduate Programme in Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Health

Physical activity and musculoskeletal health are prerequisites for longevity and well-being and is mandatory for societal. we have experienced increasingly sedentary societies and rising impact of pain and disability in the musculoskeletal system all over the world resulting in exponential increase in treatments in the health care system. We need to understand why that is and what to do about it and to create better validated treatments.

The answers to an evidence-based strategy for effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions can only come from research; relevant research of the highest methodological quality is carried out by researchers with many different professional backgrounds.

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark and at Odense University Hospital, we have a long tradition for research in this area and the education for PhD students is supported by our Graduate programme in physical activity and musculoskeletal health. The primary activity of the programme is high quality courses on research methodology ranging from courses on sociological issues over epidemiology and basic science to clinical research focusing on testing of new treatments. The courses are intended for PhD students at SDU and other Danish Universities as well as for an international audience.

We hope you find that the courses are relevant for your PhD education. Please discuss attending our courses with your supervisors. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our graduate programme.

Programme directors: 

      Jan Hartvigsen                                      Søren Overgaard
         Professor                                                 Professor
 Institute of Sports Science                    Institute of Clinical Research
 and Clinical Biomechanics

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