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Systems Biology and Physiology Graduate Program

Human Physiology

Course # MCP7000 (concurrent with MEDS3026)
4 Credit Hours
Fall Semester | MTWRF 11:15 AM – 12:10 PM | Syllabus (PDF)
Spring Semester | MTWRF 11:15 AM – 12:10 PM | Syllabus (PDF)
Roger T Worrell, PhD | roger.worrell@uc.edu | 513-558-6489


Human Physiology is a single-semester, 4-credit-hour course designed to provide students with an understanding of the function, regulation and integration of human body organ systems. Emphasis is placed on homeostatic maintenance in health as well as in some disease processes. The course covers key concepts that will also help the student acquire the knowledge required in preparing for the MCAT. Course content includes introductory cell physiology and all major organ systems. The course is textbook-based and taught by experts in each organ system.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the concept of homeostasis
  • Identify the structure and transport functions of cell membrane including diffusion of water and solutes, carrier-mediated active transport systems, ion pumps and channels, origin of membrane potential and the basis of membrane excitability
  • Explain the structure and functional organization of the human nervous system and its subdivisions
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular physiology will include an appreciation of the muscular nature of the heart as a fluid pump, as well as the blood vessels as elements for flow and exchange
  • Describe the basic anatomy and functions of the pulmonary system
  • Know the role of kidney physiology in blood pressure, electrolyte, and fluid homeostasis
  • Know the fundamentals of gastrointestinal development, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Know the physiological relationships between endocrine organs, distributed endocrine tissues, and their target tissues

Textbook

Vander Physiol text

Vander's Human Physiology, 14e (2015)
Widmaier EP, Raff H, Strang KT
ISBN-13: 978-1259294099
ISBN-10: 1259294099