Introductory Human Physiology

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.

About The Course

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)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment for this course?

    Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

  • 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.

Recommended Background

An high school background in biology.