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What will I learn?

Aims to teach advanced theoretical concepts of exercise medicine and, specifically, how these can be applied in the clinical setting with cancer patients and survivors.

The curriculum offers students understanding of the disease processes; various treatments currently being applied (e.g., surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy), effects of cancer and treatment side-effects in terms of physical structure and function, development of other disease processes (e.g., metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, sarcopenia and osteoporosis), and the psychological impacts of the disease and treatments (e.g., anxiety, depression, fear of recurrence, self care).

This course provides graduates with specialized knowledge and skills in the principles of health and fitness testing, exercise prescription development and program implementation, as well as understanding current best-practice in exercise medicine for cancer patients and survivors.

The two-week on-site practicum offers students the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in targeted exercise for the management of cancer.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate, synthesize and apply physical exercise as a medicine for patient management within inter professional team environments.
  • Apply communication skills to collaboratively formulate and implement exercise prescriptions in authentic clinical settings.
  • Critically evaluate a complex body of exercise oncology knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of assessment and exercise prescription for cancer patients and survivors.
  • Use high level self management skills to plan and formulate exercise medicine clinical programs within diverse settings.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program will be well-placed to contribute to the growing demands of using exercise to contribute to cancer management and survivorship care.

Which department am I in?

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,950.00 (19,22,442) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,950

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 July 2022, 1 February 2023, 17 July 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All applicants are required to have a four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum course average of 65%, with equivalents considered, Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following: Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

For international students

All applicants are required to have an AQF Level 7 Bachelors degree in a cognate discipline, or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline, with equivalents considered.

Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0;
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses.
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5.0 or better.
  • TOEFL - Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5 percent of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE 2021)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
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