183.631.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Welcome Message
    Have you ever wanted to learn more about how the environment affects human physiology? This course provides a unique perspective toward learning the principles of human physiology by applying environmental and clinically relevant topics to the study of this important foundational knowledge. Please feel free to contact Ms. Mary Thomas ( for additional information.
  • Contact Information
    Clarke Tankersley
  • Course Description
    Encompasses the integration of a variety of organ systems. Invites leading scientists in different fields of physiology to offer exceptional and up-to-date lectures that quickly move through the basic mechanistic principles. Applies basic mechanistic principles of each organ system to current public health issues and environmentally relevant topics.

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    This unique review of Fundamental Principles of Human Physiology encompasses the integration of a variety of organ systems, while offering current issues in public health to demonstrate the effects of environment and disease. This course invites leading scientists in different fields of physiology to offer exceptional and up-to-date lectures that quickly move through the basic mechanistic principles. The first-time physiology student will be pleased with the comprehensive survey of different organ systems, and the seasoned physiology student will be appreciative of the unique applications of public health issues and environmentally relevant topics.

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Use their discuss of functional principles at the genetic, cellular and organ levels to describe the concepts of integrated systems physiology in humans
    • Apply these basic physiological principles to strategies for the solution of current and emerging relevant environmental health issues
    • Explain and discuss the significance of these principles in interaction with a broad spectrum of public health professionals
  • Intended Audience

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    The course "Fundamental Principles of Human Phsyiology" targets a broad spectrum of public health students including the first-time physiology students at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as seasoned professionals from a diversity of disciplines.

  • Course topics

    This course covers the following topics: Cells and the Environment, Cell structure and function, Respiratory physiology, Environment-Lung interactions, Membrane potentials and Excitable cells, Peripheral nervous system, Central nervous system, Sensory nervous system, Gastrointestinal physiology, Endocrine and Reproductive physiology, Smooth Muscle physiology, Cardiac Mechanics and Electrophysiology, Circulation, Muscle physiology, Renal physiology, Public health and Renal disease, Cardiopulmonary control and the Environment.


  • Exam Format


  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (13th Edition) by Tortura and Derrickson, 2009 is MOST highly recommended for the course, and is available in the JHU Medical Book Store. Previous editions of the same textbook are satisfactory.  Chapters designated by lecturers are recommended reading.  Material not covered in class but part of the recommended reading may be covered on the exams.  Texts will be available in E7610 to borrow overnight.

  • Methods of Assessment
    Method of Student Evaluation: Exam

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Three Exams (non-cumulative) Type: Multiple choice, true-false or short answer Exam Dates: Wednesday, November 14, Wednesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 19. Exams are largely derived from material presented in class, but assigned reading in text may also be tested. Final Grading - A, B, C, etc. - will be based on the ratio of total correct points to total possible points.  There will be three review sessions schedule on the Monday before each exam (i.e. November 12, December 3, and December 17) from 3:30-5:30pm (E6519) during which students are invited to ask questions concerning the material on the sequential exam.

  • Course Schedule

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

  • Contact Information

    Admin Asst: Mary Thomas
    Office: BSPH, Room E7610
    Tel: 410-955-3612

    TA: Jon Fallica
    Office: E7209
    Tel: 410-502-1946

    James Limjunyawong
    Office: E7615
    Tel: 410-955-5840

  • 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.

  • 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