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Body at Work: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

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Course Description

In this course, you will study the major organ systems of the body, investigate normal and pathologic anatomy and physiology, and examine common diseases and injuries and their effect on the body’s organ systems.

One of the main objectives of this course is to provide students considering a career in the health professions a foundation in the study of human form and function, from the perspective of practicing medical professionals. Additionally, the course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of the structure and function of the human body and to facilitate their understanding of issues related to human health, such that they may become better stewards of their own health.

Students in this course will:

  • Study the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems
  • Attend virtual lab sessions (video demonstrations/lectures of dissected human cadavers)
  • Examine normal and pathological anatomy using diagnostic imaging
  • Derive clinical diagnoses of virtual patients using knowledge acquired in the course and their own research
  • Observe surgical procedures

"I truly enjoyed the whole course from start to finish. The material and modules were extremely engaging and had a lot of information. The course was also very organized and gave me a lot of insight into the medical field."
- Body at Work student, Summer 2015

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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.


  • Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system
  • Headphones, earbuds or speakers
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
  • Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Courses can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. These devices can be used as supplemental access points in order to complete most coursework.

Supplementary materials: none

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