Course Overview


To provide an environment in which to study a core of material necessary for the continued learning of the physiology of human health and the pathophysiology of disease


  • Acquire the vocabulary of physiology.
  • Learn basic processes of cellular physiology.
  • Learn how each of the major organ systems function and interact with each other.
  • Use your understanding of physiological principles to analyze simple clinical problems.
  • Develop an historical perspective that relates current clinical understanding to their origins in physiological knowledge.



The lectures will provide a core description of cellular, organ, and system functions important for understanding homeostasis and the disruptions of homeostasis that constitute disease.

Individual instruction

Our jobs as faculty do not end when the lecture is over. If, despite your best efforts, you need individual help, please ask for it. We will be happy to meet with individuals or small groups to go over material and to help you over rough spots. We enjoy teaching and will do our best to respond to any reasonable requests.

Tutors are available for students with special needs; please contact the course director.


You may be able to catch instructors “on the fly” for simple questions, but if you need more than a few minutes it is helpful to make an appointment. See our faculty-listing for office location, telephone, and email addresses.

As Course Director, Dr. Low must frequently make announcements regarding the class. If the announcement can be made without taking too much class time, he will make it directly to the class. When no class is scheduled, e-mail may be the only means of communicating with the class, so please try to check your e-mail regularly.

Most faculty use e-mail extensively. To avoid wasting your time with telephone tag, e-mail can be a very efficient way to get answers to relatively simple questions. In particular, e-mail is a good way to ask the course director about routine administrative matters.