Background: Public University promotes a significant transition in the students’ life. This new physical and social environment may exert negative influence on their quality of life
leading to sedentary lifestyle. The literature has showed some implications from sedentary lifestyle for physical and/or mental health. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life and
level of physical activity among brazilian undergraduate students.
Methods: It was a cross-sectional study. The sample consisted of 484 students at Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The instruments utilized were Socioeconomic and Cultural
Questionnaire; Quality of Life Assessment (WHOQOL - BREF) and International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ).
Results: The sample was characterized as female students, single and not working. The level of physical activity showed correlation with all domains of quality of life, such as:
physical domain (p=0.001), environment (p=0.034), psychological (p=0.001), social (p=0.002). Regardless psychological domain, the course had significant impact for domains of quality of life (p<0,05).
There was no significant statistical differences between genders. The students of nutrition and medicine courses revealed the highest average for quality of life. The lowest rates of quality of life
were observed to Psychology and Occupational Therapy courses. The students of Physical Education showed the highest levels of physical activity (87%). The students of highest economic levels had the
lowest levels of physical activity and the students of lowest economic levels showed the highest level of physical activity.
Conclusions: These findings show that the physical activity plays a role on the quality of life. Furthermore, the chosen course has implications on the level of physical activity.
Taken as a whole, the university needs to promote the debate regarding the quality of life and physical activity in order to organize social programs able to promoting human health among undergraduate