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Biology Courses
Human Pathophysiology

This course will integrate concepts in general biology and chemistry with the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Topics include trauma, medical emergencies, respiratory disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms of disease and neurological disorders. Students will play doctor/patient scenarios to diagnose diseases. The taking of medical histories and physical examinations are learned together and separately. The use of medical equipment during medical exams and the interpretation of laboratory analysis of body fluids will be discussed. The course is divided into three units:

1) INTERVIEWING - the health history, important symptoms and assessment of mental status
2) BODY SYSTEMS - relevant anatomy & physiology in understanding the reasons for the symptoms
3) TECHNIQUES of physical examination with care given to medical events & clinical thinking

The course is composed of class discussion, group work where students diagnose medical problems and human labs where students practice their skills under teacher supervision. Students will complete 4 papers and a group project. There will be several examinations including a practical skills assessment. This course is designed for students who want a general overview of human health. 

A suggested follow-up course would be Human Diseases. This course is one of several possible prerequisites for Hospital Internship. This course is only open to juniors and seniors.