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Medical Physiology

Why is geriatric medicine important?

Caring for the unique needs of the rising elderly population presents a set of challenges that requires health care professionals who specialize in aging. Students pursuing medical careers will find a high demand for nurses, physician assistants, and doctors who are knowledgeable in the specific conditions found in geriatric patients. The care and treatment of this demographic also serves as a valuable perspective into human longevity and how the body reacts to biological and environmental effects.

Why choose the medical physiology track?

Supplementing a master’s degree in gerontology with the fundamentals of medical physiology is an excellent opportunity to advance your medical career in the thriving field of geriatric care. Students in this specialty track will gain a competitive edge as a medical school applicant with foundational knowledge applicable to both the medical field and geriatric care.

How will students benefit from this track?

The medical physiology track will prepare students to pursue advanced schooling for health professionals. Coursework is entirely online and with the successful completion of 9-credit hours, will earn students enrolled in this track a graduate certificate in medical physiology.

Recommended career paths include:

  • Geriatricians
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Gerontologists

What will students learn?

The medical physiology track has courses in both gerontology and medical physiology to prepare students for the physiological and clinical assessment of seniors in medical care settings.

Courses include studies in:

  • Functions of the human body at a level required for clinical medicine
  • Focuses on the basic functions of each body system
  • Aging and change in cognitive and brain systems
  • Fundamental concepts of the biological aging process
  • Common syndromes, conditions, and diseases relevant to quality of life in the elderly

The UF medical physiology track is only available to master's degree seeking students. To earn the master’s degree, students must complete nine core courses and three specialty courses in their chosen specialization. If a graduate certificate student wishes to complete a specialty track, they are encouraged to later apply to the master’s degree program.

Specialty Track Courses

Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
GMS 6440 Fundamentals of Medical Physiology 1 X X X
GMS 6401 Medical Renal Physiology 2 X X X
GMS 6402 Medical Respiratory Physiology 3 X X X
GMS 6419 Medical Endocrine Physiology 3 X X X
GMS 6474 Medical Cardiovascular and Muscle Physiology 3 X X X
GMS 6479 Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology 2 X X X

At a Glance