Exercise Physiology

Online Short Course

From the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), part of Stanford Medicine, in collaboration with GetSmarter.

Gain key insights into how exercise can help to improve quality of health and wellness over a lifetime.
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Discover how the body reacts and adapts to the stressors of exercise in the Exercise Physiology online short course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), part of Stanford Medicine. Over six weeks, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of physiology, as well as the importance of exercise for both healthy living and disease management.

You qualify for a 15% discount on this course. Use the code COACH15 when you register to claim your savings.

Who is this course for?

  • Any wellness and healthcare professionals in the healthcare sector, or individuals interested in their own health and physical activity
  • Coaches, personal trainers, dietitians, nutritionists, lifestyle consultants, or those within the wellness industry
  • Healthcare professionals in industries such as exercise physiology, sports medicine, nursing, neurology, general medicine, and physiotherapy
  • Individuals looking to gain an understanding of the lifetime effect of exercise, as well as how to enhance their own wellness


Course Includes:

  • 6 weeks, excluding 1 week orientation
  • 7–10 hours of self-paced learning per week, entirely online
  • No prerequisites
  • Certificate of completion
  • English
  • 15% CoachED discount coupon code: COACH15
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Module 1

Exercise physiology essentials

Explore the body’s capacity to adapt to the acute and chronic demands of physical exercise, and learn to identify the roles of different bodily systems.

Module 2

Physical activity across the lifespan

Discover how physical activity can both improve bodily systems and function, as well as slow the trajectory of aging.

Module 3

Health, disease, and physical activity

Gain a deeper understanding of the importance and benefits of physical activity for physical and mental health, and disease management.

Module 4

Environmental stressors and performance

Find out about the impact that different environmental stressors and extreme conditions have on the body.

Module 5

Exercise for the individual

Learn how to evaluate the techniques and strategies used, such as goal setting, to improve health, performance, and motivation.

Module 6

Designing systems for wellness

Uncover ways in which culture and design can promote health and wellness, and how health and wellness challenges can be solved by designing for movement.

GetSmarter Anne Friedlander

Your Academic Director

Anne Friedlander

Adjunct Professor, Program in Human Biology, Stanford University

Dr. Friedlander has broad experience in the areas of enhancing human performance, environmental physiology, and using physical activity and mobility to promote healthy aging. She has been teaching exercise physiology classes for decades to diverse audiences and specializes in translating scientific findings on physiology and exercise into practical applications for people. Dr. Friedlander also consults regularly with exercise physiology start-up companies interested in developing new products, programs and ideas in the fitness and wellness space. Dr. Friedlander received her Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of California, Berkeley.


“This course was a fantastic opportunity to expand my knowledge from some of the best in the industry. It was informative, efficient and fun! I would recommend this course to any fitness professional looking to improve their knowledge and skills as a trainer.”

Carl Canning | CEO, Canning Fitness Inc

“It is very impressive how this course has been structured, as if it were a physical training program with a specific objective to achieve. In this case, my objective was to prepare myself as a comprehensive specialist with scientific bases on the subject of exercise physiology. In fact, the academic team provided me with the most up-to-date information on the subject of exercise physiology. Through group discussions and the development of the graded activities, I was able to use critical thinking to design persuasive counseling strategies not only for people who want to improve their health through exercise, but also for those high performance athletes who seek to achieve their personal and professional goals through physical exercise.”

Humberto Mayorga Spinola | General Director HMS Conseil Specialise

“The content of the exercise physiology course was exceptionally good. I have learned so much in such a short space of time. The discussion forums are an excellent way of hearing from other students on the same journey as yourself from all over the world, and with such varying backgrounds. It felt like a wonderful experience to be part of this at such a prestigious university.”

Chloe Benedict | Psychiatric nurse and psychotherapist

Exercise Physiology

From the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), part of Stanford Medicine, in collaboration with GetSmarter.