Exercise Physiology online short course

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Course information

Registration Closes:
20 October 2020
Course Starts:
28 October 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
USD $1,500
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Stanford Center for Health Education


Exercise has been shown to relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, and help manage various diseases,1 yet only one in four Americans is meeting the recommended levels of physical activity.2

The Exercise Physiology online short course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), part of Stanford Medicine, explores the fundamentals of physiology and builds on this foundation to foster a holistic, scientific knowledge of exercise and wellness. Over the course of six weeks, learners will gain an understanding of exercise science and the impact that physical activity has on slowing the trajectory of aging and improving general health. Throughout the course, learners will gain the skills needed to critique training programs, and suggest improvements to various physical environments, such as work spaces, schools, and cities, to improve health and wellness.

1 Thrive Global (Jun, 2019).

2 National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Sep, 2019).

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of how the body reacts and adapts to exercise
  • Insights into how exercise can affect health and slow the trajectory of aging
  • The knowledge of how physical performance is affected by environmental stressors
  • The ability to provide input and feedback on tailored training regimes
  • Ideas on how to enhance movement opportunities in the modern world
  • An official certificate from SCHE to validate your newfound knowledge

Is this course for you?

The nature of this course ensures that it’s applicable to professionals working within both the wellness and healthcare sectors. Learners will discover methods for improving the health and athletic performance of individuals, no matter their age, through an understanding of how different bodies react and adapt to the stresses of exercise. Professionals within the healthcare industry will learn about the impact that physical activity has on disease management. Those within the health and wellness industries will gain the tools needed to help their customers and patients achieve their fitness goals, whether that be weight loss, physical strength, enhanced performance, or healthy aging.

Course curriculum

Learn how the body reacts and adapts to exercise as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Exercise physiology essentials
  • Module 2 Physical activity across the lifespan
  • Module 3 Health, disease, and physical activity
  • Module 4 Environmental stressors and performance
  • Module 5 Exercise for the individual
  • Module 6 Designing systems for wellness

Your Academic Director

The design of this online course is guided by Stanford Center for Health Education faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dr. Anne Friedlander

Anne Friedlander

Adjunct Professor, Program in Human Biology, Stanford University

Earn a certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education

Gain an in-depth understanding of exercise physiology and earn an official certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


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Course currently in presentation. (Still accepting late registrations)

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