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Human Physiology in Health and Disease | BTEC.X408

Human Physiology in Health and Disease | BTEC.X408

This course introduces the fundamental principles of human physiology in health and disease, and provides insight into emerging and established therapies used to treat a range of disease processes. Designed for individuals who lack formal medical training, the course introduces the hierarchical organization of the body, from cells to coordinated organ systems, and continues with a discussion of the key integrative/homeostatic control mechanisms. With these topics as a foundation, the instructor progresses through the functions of major systems, including renal, cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular, digestive, endocrine and reproductive.

This course benefits clinical research, biopharmaceutical, and engineering professionals who need a basic understanding of the physiological processes and therapeutic approaches that underlie the biomedical projects or clinical trials on which they work.

Skills Needed

  • To be successful in this class all students should have working knowledge of Google’s G Suite or Microsoft Office, proper email etiquette, and essential understanding of Canvas.
  • High school or preferably college-level chemistry and biology.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to
  • Understand the organization of the human body
  • Discuss the physiological processes
  • Describe integrative/control mechanisms of the body (functional homeostasis)
  • Discuss what goes wrong in selected disease states (loss of homeostatic control)
  • Understand current therapeutic approaches/modalities for selected diseases

Topics Include

  • Basic Chemistry
  • Cells and Tissues
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Urinary System
  • Digestive System
  • Endocrine System
  • Nervous System
  • Lymphatic System and Immune System


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