183.643.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the anatomy, physiology, and theory underlying the measurement of pulmonary function in clinical and experimental studies; 2. Explain why we bother to make such measurements and what they might tell us about lung function and disease; 3. Accurately interpret pulmonary function tests at the level of most pulmonary physicians and basic researchers.
  • Course Description

    Presents the theory and fundamentals underlying the measurement of pulmonary function in clinical and experimental studies. Discussions address pulmonary function, lung disease, asthma and lung pathology. The course considers the following topics and measurements; lung elasticity, lung volumes, spirometric indices, ventilation, perfusion, diffusion, and imaging assessments of lung function. Instructional material includes books, scientific papers, and practical demonstrations.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on written final exam.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    Basic course in mammalian physiology

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.