Human Physiology

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

After completing the course students should be able to define basic physiological concepts, understand the mechanisms of the various bodily functions and explain how the regulatory mechanisms maintain equilibrium and function following a disturbance of equilibrium in a given physiological system.

The course will provide an understanding of the biological basis of human physiology.

The course covers topics such as neurophysiology, blood cells and function, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory and exercise physiology, heat balance and temperature regulation, renal regulation and acid / base balance, endocrinology and reproduction, digestion and nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

Students have

  • a broad knowledge of the basic physiological concepts and mechanisms of different organs and organ systems in terms of normal function and interaction in human.
  • a broad knowledge of the body's regulatory mechanisms for maintaining balance and function in pathological conditions that lead to disruption of the body's physiological system
  • a basic knowledge of how social conditions affect people's access to and choice of food, and what nutrition policy tools can be used to improve the general nutrition and health condition of humans based on sustainable food production systems.

Students is able to

    • use knowledge of physiology to explain the function of different organs and organ systems in physiological processes
    • use their professional knowledge and relevant results to explain the background for relevant clinical issues

General Competance:

  • can use their knowledge to convey key subject matter both in writing and orally
  • be able to use their knowledge to exchange ideas and experiences with others with a background within the subject area to understand normal function and disease processes

Semester of Instruction

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap



Access to the Course
Master programme in Pharmacy, or Master programme in Medical Technology
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures (approx. 80 hours).
Forms of Assessment

3 hour written exam.

Grading Scale
Course Evaluation
Written evaluation using electronic/digital evaluation tool.
Examination Support Material

Simple, bilingual dictionary, that must be reviewable, meaning that one of the languages must be English, or a Scandinavian language.