Course Description

In this two-semester sequential course, students will be provided with an in-depth study of the physiology of human body systems. Topics studied in the fall semester are: molecular basis of physiology; the nervous system; and, cardiovascular system. The course sequence is intended as a bridge to advanced studies in pathophysiology and medicine.


general biology; BIOL 101 or equivalent.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand structure-function relationships of the systems of the human body
  • Identify the structural and functional levels of organization from cellular to organ system levels
  • Describe how the body adapts to different everyday situations and environmental stresses
  • Explain the principle of homeostasis and feedback-control mechanisms as they relate to body systems
  • Develop active learning styles through problem solving in physiology
  • Apply knowledge of functional mechanisms and their regulation to explain the pathophysiology underlying common disorders
  • Communicate physiologic concepts to a variety of audiences


Textbook Information

There is a required textbook for MEDI317 that can be purchased through FAES or on your own. The name of the book is Fox-Romplosky: Human Physiology, 15th ed. ISBN: 9781259864629. If purchased through FAES, the book is a LOOSE LEAF print version, the fee is $131.00 and the book is not returnable.  If you would like to purchase the book through FAES, you will need to register for the section (MEDI 317-002) that includes the book. Upon receipt of payment and fulfillment of your book order, your book can be picked up at the FAES Bookstore in Building 10 on the main NIH campus.

If you are unable to pick up the book at the FAES bookstore and would like the book mailed to you, please contact FAES at (301) 496-7976 or registrar@faes.org. There is a $10 charge for mailing the book.

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