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Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology

    • Course Number: GMS 6479
    • Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
    • Course Format: This online course is tailored for asynchronous distance learners.
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    Course Description

    Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology (GMS6479) teaches the functions of the digestive system of human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. The course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. Concepts are taught using a combination of lectures, online workshops and online problem sets. The workshops are designed to help the student understand the integration of cardiovascular physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology and cellular physiology as a basis for a better understanding of human disease. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and “problem solving” and “critical thinking” skills in evaluating clinical situations.

    Each recorded lecture lasts between 20 and 30 min.

    Target Audience

    This course is designed to meet the needs of individuals wanting to pursue a career in medicine, biomedical research or in teaching topics related to physiology and medicine. For example, this course is designed to provide critical knowledge for individuals who wish to teach gastrointestinal physiology at the secondary and post-secondary levels. However, this course will also provide a foundation for students wishing to attain or enhance knowledge of medical gastrointestinal physiology.


    This course requires a BA or BS and a strong science foundation with at least 5 full semester courses related to biology, chemistry and/or physics. A minimum undergraduate GPA = 2.0 is required for admission. Co-enrollment or prior passing grade in GMS 6440 required for enrollment in this class.


    Bruce R. Stevens Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics,; Tel: 352-392-4480.


    This is a self-paced course that is offered in the spring, fall and summer.

    Course Goals

    Physiology is the science of how the body functions and is the basis for understanding modern clinical medicine and the biomedical sciences. This course will provide: 1) a foundational understanding of the basic functions of the digestive system; 2) integration of individual facts in order to understand how organ systems work independently and interdependently in the body. One example of this integration is in the understanding of the role of the microbiota in normal and abnormal gastrointestinal function.

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