PhD course: Exercise as Medicine

The course will focus on the application of exercise training in the management of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental health. These areas will be covered translationally, i.e., from an epidemiological perspective, across integrative physiological evidence to mechanistic molecular insight into the interplay between exercise training and disease. In addition, the students will be presented to challenges in designing and concluding on exercise interventions trials, as well as barriers for implementing and maintaining people and patients in active lifestyles. During the course we will discuss the future of Exercise as Medicine through the linse of Precision Medicine. Centre for Physical Activity Research gives priority to dissemination of research not only to colleagues, but also to lay people. Therefore we have found it of interest to include sessions in the PhD course program that aim at qualifying the students to communicate their PhD project in a clear and concise manner.

The course is aimed at experienced PhD students with a background as MD, MSc or equivalent, who are interested in exercise physiology, clinical application of exercise or exercise and public health. Preferably, the PhD student should have initiated his/her research project. Before the course starts the participants are expected to prepare themselves by writing a synopsis for the pitching of their project. A template for the synopsis will be circulated prior to the course. This will be used for pitch training and short presentations during the course.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

  • Basic Metabolic Research
  • Clinical Cancer Research
  • Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Sciences

Find more information here.

Please register before 28 February 2023. Register here

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Contact: Emil Green Toft (