Introductory Human Physiology

Jennifer Carbrey and Emma Jakoi, Duke University

In this course, students learn to recognize and to apply the basic concepts that govern integrated body function (as an intact organism) in the body's nine organ systems.

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to human physiology. The students learn to recognize and explain the basic concepts that govern each organ and organ system and their integration to maintain homeostasis, as well as some clinical aspects of failure of these systems. The organ systems covered include:  nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, male and female reproductive, gastrointestinal, and urinary.

This human physiology course is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students with an elementary background in biology. In a typical undergraduate setting, this course would fulfill requirements for students applying to professional health science programs such as medical school, nursing, physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant, physical therapy, and doctorate of physical therapy. In addition it is an ideal course in preparation for the MCAT exam.

Subtitles for all video lectures available in: English and Portuguese (provided by the Lemann Foundation)

Syllabus

This course will cover the following main topics:
  • Homeostatic control systems
  • Function of individual organs and organ systems
  • Integration of organ systems in the intact organism

Recommended Background

An high school background in biology.

Suggested Readings

Other than course lecture notes, there are no outside readings/textbooks required.

Course Format

Introductory Human Physiology is a 11-week course. It consists of 31 lecture hours divided into 58 lecture videos of approximately 20 minutes in length.  At the end of each lecture video, there are 2-3 questions for review. Each lecture has notes (6-8 pages) and a problem set of 10-15 questions. There are 3 multiple choice exams which test recognition and application of basic science principles and interpretation of physiologic data.

FAQ

  • Who should enroll in this course?

    This course is ideal preparation for those who are planning to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to apply for medical schools in the United States. In addition to preparation for the MCAT exam, this course is relevant for students applying to professional health science programs such as medical school, nursing, physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant, physical therapy, and doctorate of physical therapy.

    If you are simply curious about how the human body works, how organ systems coordinate, or the effects of disease on the body, etc., then you might also find this course interesting. Learn what happens to your body when you get sick, workout, or even when you eat a bag of salty potato chips.

  • Is there a required textbook for this course?

    No. For each lecture, we will provide notes (6-8 pages) which enrich the learning materials. Other than our lecture notes, there are no textbooks required.

Dates:
  • 5 January 2015, 12 weeks
  • 1 September 2014, 11 weeks
  • 27 January 2014, 12 weeks
  • 5 August 2013, 12 weeks
  • 25 February 2013, 12 weeks
Course properties:
  • Free:
  • Paid:
  • Certificate:
  • MOOC:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Email-course:
  • Language: English Gb

Reviews

No reviews yet. Want to be the first?

Register to leave a review

Show?id=n3eliycplgk&bids=695438
Included in selections:
NVIDIA
More on this topic:
Hst-947s05 Medical Artificial Intelligence
This course provides an intensive introduction to artificial intelligence and...
Hst-542js04 Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems
This course elaborates on the application of the principles of energy and mass...
Vital-signs-1 Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us
Heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, temperature, pain. What do these...
Envphys_water EP101: Your Body in the World: Adapting to Your Next Big Adventure
Discover the amazing adaptability of the human body to environmental stressors...
162828_52cd Online Courses - Anytime, Anywhere
Learn how to deliver perfect massage, conditioning, waxing, tanning and nail...
More from 'Biology & Life Sciences':
3c05fb77-83cf-4be6-a982-d0fc0cbd31ea-dd80f754b9a5.small Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Learn about Nutrition, Exercise and Sports and understand how nutrition can...
3d26bab6-5fd6-430a-a22a-1434c551300b-48268b7e1049.small Anatomy: Gastrointestinal, Reproductive and Endocrine Systems
Study the gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems to learn the...
38362c5d-d3ac-4416-856e-8165382026fc-f7d86fe27cf2.small Epidemics I
Explore the science, prevention and control of epidemics in this free online...
72c27b2f-3419-430f-a28f-10dbc7120457-2e4299480a87.small DNA Sequences: Alignments and Analysis
Learn how to align and analyze DNA sequences using web and software based tools...
Yali-friedman Biotechnology
As biotechnology changes paradigms in medicine, agriculture, and industrial...
More from 'Coursera':
Success-from-the-start-2 First Year Teaching (Secondary Grades) - Success from the Start
Success with your students starts on Day 1. Learn from NTC's 25 years developing...
New-york-city-78181 Understanding 9/11: Why Did al Qai’da Attack America?
This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies...
Small-icon.hover Aboriginal Worldviews and Education
This course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how this knowledge can...
Ac-logo Analytic Combinatorics
Analytic Combinatorics teaches a calculus that enables precise quantitative...
Talk_bubble_fin2 Accountable Talk®: Conversation that Works
Designed for teachers and learners in every setting - in school and out, in...

© 2013-2019