EHR331 Exercise, Health and Disease (8)

This subject explores the relationship between physical activity and health. Emphasis is placed on examining evidence justifying the application of exercise prescription in the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of selected cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal diseases. The subject will investigate a range of topics including pathophysiology, risk assessment and exercise testing and programming with a particular focus on the exercise dose response. Physical activity, health and exercise prescription issues in pregnancy and older adults are also addressed.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR331. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)

Diploma of Exercise Studies

or as approved by the Course Director

Assumed Knowledge

Students undertaking this subject should have a tertiary level understanding of anatomy, exercise physiology, growth and development, skill acquisition and exercise prescription.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the role of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in the aetiology, prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases;
  • be able to apply evidence-based guidelines for optimising physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour throughout the lifespan;
  • be able to discuss the contributions of health-related agencies and the impact of public policy on physical activity and sedentary behaviours at the population level;
  • be able to relate the benefits and risks of physical activity and apply evidence-based best practice to recommend appropriate levels of physical activity for various populations and sub-groups;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate the impact of the social determinants of health in relation to population characteristics and needs, using these to inform development of appropriate interventions; and
  • be able to utilise an exercise management approach in developing individualised and community-based exercise interventions for the prevention of selected lifestyle-related chronic diseases.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Epidemiology;
  • Disease risk;
  • Health appraisal;
  • Pre-exercise screening;
  • Cardiovascular disease;
  • Metabolic disease;
  • Neurological disease;
  • Musculoskeletal disease;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Ageing;
  • Exercise risk assessment and management;
  • Problem-orientated exercise management;
  • Exercise testing; and
  • Exercise programming.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR331 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Physical activity program commencement
Physical activity analysis and evaluation
Physical activity intervention program
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.