260.600.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 4 Credit(s)
MTWThF 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Noel Rose
    Jelena Levitskaya
    Gundula Bosch
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • 1) Use the language of the biomedical sciences.
    • 2) Describe - in general terms - the structure and function of the major organ systems of the body.
    • 3) Discuss examples in which the knowledge gained has been applied to the study of specific public health problems.
    • 4) Understand the administrative procedures and culture of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    • 5) realize the importance of working together as a multidisciplinary public health team.
    • 6) Develop a first network of fellow students, faculty and professional colleagues.
  • Course Description

    This two-week concentrated course, offered immediately prior to the first term for incoming students without adequate background or experience in the biomedical sciences, presents basic anatomy and physiology through a group learning process that utilizes selected reading assignments, explicit objectives, active group interaction reinforced by preceptors, and short objective tests with immediate feedback. Lectures focus on basic biologic principles relevant to the health of human populations.



  • Intended Audience
    Recommended for students who do not have a traditional academic background in the biologic sciences.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on short quizzes, class participation, and a two part final exam.

    All grades are pass or fail.

  • Prerequisites
    Restricted to full-time masters and doctoral students registered for first term
  • Required Text

    Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 14th Edition, by Tortora and Derrickson, 2014

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Course topics

    DAY 1

    • AM  - Introduction
    • PM -  Integument System and Cell Biology

    DAY 2

    • AM - Nervous System: Sensory Function
    • PM - Nervous System: Integrative and Motor Functions

    DAY 3

    • AM - Autonomic Nervous System
    • PM - Nervous System: Cranial Nerves

    DAY 4

    • AM - Musculo Skeletal System
    • PM - Endocrine System

    DAY 5

    • AM - Cardiovascular System
    • PM - Case Studies

    DAY 6

    • AM - Hematology
    • PM - Immune System

    DAY 7

    • AM - Gastrointestinal System and Metabolism
    • PM - Respiratory System

    DAY 8

    • AM - Urinary System
    • PM - Reproductive System

    Day 9

    • AM - Current Topics in Public Health I
    • PM - Objective Exam

    Day 10

    • AM - Current Topics in Public Health II
    • PM - Essay Exam
  • Contact Information

    Kathleen Spinnato
    Office: E 5009
    Tel: 410-955-0330

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at