340.855.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
F 10:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Nisa Maruthur
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Discuss normal and abnormal cardiac and vascular anatomy and physiology
    • Describe pathophysiologic processes involved in common cardiovascular disease states, including atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and heart failure
    • Describe biological mechanisms through which cardiovascular risk factors, including hypertension, kidney disease and diabetes, affect the cardiovascular system
    • Identify the diagnostic techniques used to assess common cardiovascular disease states, including invasive and non-invasive imaging techniques
  • Course Description
    Acquaints students without a clinical medicine background with cardiovascular pathophysiology. Topics covered include cardiac structure and function, atherosclerosis, lipids, heart failure, hypertension, kidney function and diabetes. Focuses on the pathological processes that lead to subclinical and clinical disease and common diagnostic techniques.
  • Intended Audience
    Masters and doctoral students in CVD Epidemiology without a background in medicine or biology.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Attendance and participation

    Additional Faculty Notes:


  • Prerequisites
    340.601, 340.607
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Lilly, L. S, editor. Pathophysiology of Heart Disease: A Collaborative Project of Medical Students and Faculty. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010. 

  • Course Schedule

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

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    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 Bibilography

    See syllabus

  • Attendance Policy

    Attendance is mandatory; please notify Dr. Maruthur if you cannot attend class.

  • Definition of Participation

    Participation in class discussions informed by course readings and personal research interests

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