Exercise Physiology


Stanford School of Medicine


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).

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

What you will learn

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

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Topics include

  • 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

$1500 for the duration of the course.

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Delivery Option:
Online Course $1,500.00

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.