BEAT Courses

Assessing the Built Environment for Physical Activity

A new introductory course for Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) has been updated by the People, Health, and Place Unit of the Washington University in St. Louis Prevention Research Center. Originally developed at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Behavior Research and the UPenn Prevention Research Center, the course is designed for planning and evaluating changes to the built environment for health and wellbeing. Specifically, to instruct researchers, students, planners, and health practitioners on observational measures. The modules of this course offer tools and resources for assessing streets, parks, trails, and neighborhood landscapes for physical activity.

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If you have questions about the current BEAT course, please contact Research Manager Áine O’Connor at

Assessing the Nutrition Environment using the NEMS tools*

*Training not available at this time - A new version will be added to the BEAT Online Training being provided at Washington University.*

This is an in-depth training on how to use the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) tools developed to assess the nutrition environments of stores and restaurants using NEMS-R and NEMS-S.  There are a variety of NEMS tools that can be found on the NEMS website to assess other nutrition environments.

If you’d like to use NEMS online training resources, go to