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Principles of Medical Physiology

Course Description

Principles of Medical Physiology (GMS6400c) teaches the functions of the human body at a level required for clinical medicine. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are organized by systems: Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Renal and Gastrointestinal. Additional content includes an introductory section on the cell and autonomic nervous system and a final integration across the organ systems.The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.


This course requires a BA or BS and a strong science foundation with at least 5 full semester courses related to Biology, chemistry and/or physics. A minimum undergraduate GPA = 2.0 is required for admission.


This course is offered in the spring, fall and summer.

Course goals

Physiology is the science of how the body functions, and is the basis for understanding modern clinical medicine and the biomedical sciences. This course will 1). Provide a foundation understanding of the basic functions of the human body. 2). Knowledge of the physiology of the major systems: endocrine, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and muscle, respiratory and renal physiology, as well as selected diseases that affect these systems. 3). Integration of these individual facts in order to understand how organ systems work independently and interdependently in the body. One example of this integration is in the control of acid base balance. Other examples covered in this course are in the integrated responses to pregnancy and exercise as well as patho-physiologic responses to aging.

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