Foundations of Human Biology is an interdisciplinary course in the integrated sciences curriculum of Human Health and Disease in which the biological basis of modern medicine will be discussed. This includes a fundamental background in relevant cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. Group study and collaboration are encouraged.
Cardiovascular System, in the integrated sciences curriculum Human Health and Disease, emphasizes the normal function of the cardiovascular system, focusing on cardiovascular physiology, related cell and molecular biology and pharmacology. To assure that pharmacology can be successfully integrated into this and subsequent organ system blocks, Cardiovascular System includes lectures on some important principles of pharmacology, including drug-receptor interactions and the physiology and pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system.
The Pulmonary System block in the Human Health and Disease courses incorporates anatomy, histology, physiology and pharmacology of the pulmonary system with an emphasis on normal lung function and related physiology, cell and molecular biology and an introduction to pulmonary disease. Both clinical and basic science faculty will teach the course, which emphasizes the importance of collaboration and teamwork in modern medical and pharmacy practice.
The Gastrointestinal System block in the Human Health and Disease courses introduces key physiological concepts necessary to understand and treat patients with digestive and liver diseases. In keeping with an integrated approach to medical and pharmaceutical education, the course spans various disciplines, ranging from Physiology and Molecular Biology to Anatomy, Histology, and Pharmacology. Pathophysiological principles and links to specific disease states will be mentioned.
Topics include the pharmacology of autonomic and cardiovascular drugs, receptor pharmacology, drugs acting at cholinergic and adrenergic receptors and their applications and basic principles of absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, mechanism of action and toxicities.
Students are introduced to the organization, financing and delivery of health care services in the United States. Using access to prescription drugs as one framework, the relationship of providers, patients, payers, producers, purchasers and policy makers will be analyzed as a critical review of the systems assets and liabilities. In addition, discussions will include other comparisons of other national health policies and current United States health policy issues and controversies.
Students attain critical appraisal skills of medical/pharmacy literature for therapeutic decisions. Study designs range from randomized controlled trials to observational registries including clinical, economic and humanistic endpoints. Elements of hypothesis, populations, procedures, methods, validity, execution, analysis, reporting, and ethical considerations are presented.
Laboratory Medicine is an introduction to fundamental laboratory biological tissue testing. Emphasis is placed on general interpretation of laboratory data, normal and abnormal, the systematic use of laboratory tests in the evaluation and management of the most common and important clinical conditions, and the anticipated changes when therapeutics are applied.
The Renal System of the integrated sciences curriculum Human Health and Disease emphasizes normal function of the kidney and urinary tract, focusing on kidney physiology, cell and molecular biology and pharmacology. Small-group sessions, team-based learning (TBL) and laboratories incorporating Renal Problem Set/Case Studies will help students master important concepts in kidney physiology. In the Drug Excretion small-group session students will discuss pharmacokinetics and drug excretion.
Basic principles of absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, mechanisms of action and toxicities of anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, anti-Parkinson and sedative-hypnotic drugs are discussed
Students will be exposed to real-time assessment of blood pressure, cardiac output, GI motility, vital signs, intubation, catheterization, Swan-Ganz catheter, biological variability and analysis of physiologic and pharmacologic data. Hands-on experience and pre-surgical skills will be stressed.
Immunology & Hematology of the integrated sciences curriculum, two separate but integrated subjects under a single course, presents immunology followed by hematology. Immunology provides the fundamental background of the human immune system including allergy and autoimmunity and how the human immune system fights disease. Hematology will extend the cellular immunology background to diseases of blood cells. Hematology will include lectures, cases, and laboratories and balance active and passive learning to optimally provide a clinically relevant understanding of the human blood system.
ERM provides an integrated introduction to the physiology of the endocrine, reproductive and metabolic systems of human biology. ERM imparts an understanding of the cell and molecular biology, pharmacology and biochemical principles underlying metabolism, the mechanisms of hormone action, and the role of the endocrine system in regulation of homeostasis and reproduction.
Microbiology of the integrated sciences curriculum is designed to provide the basic biology of microbial pathogens, the mechanisms by which they cause disease, the host's defenses against microbial infection and the principles of antimicrobial therapy, incorporating related cell and molecular biology and pharmacology. This will establish a useful body of knowledge relevant to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and to provide a basic framework for continuous learning.
Basic principles of absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, mechanism of action and toxicities are discussed for drugs in thyroid diseases, diabetes, adrenal dysfunction, reproduction control, coagulopathies, anemia, infection and malignancy are discussed.