UW School of Dentistry

PBIO 506

Human Physiology

Linda Wordeman

4 Credits / Quarter 2 (Winter, First Year)

Course Description

Intensive coverage of the gastrointestinal, renal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems through lectures and conferences.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the principles of human physiology. Objectives are for the student to be able to (1) understand the functions of the gastrointestinal, renal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, (2) understand the activities of the effector tissues that comprise and regulate these systems, and (3) interpret graphical information.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: motility of the alimentary canal; secretions of the salivary glands, pancreas, and liver; digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and minerals; principles of renal function; glomerular filtration; tubular transport of organics; ions and water; counter-current transport; osmotic, volume, potassium, and acid-base regulation; heart and circulation, cardiac cycle, microcirculation, lymph flow, cardiac output control, exercise, pulmonary gas exchange and control of breathing.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student must attend all classes and demonstrate her/his understanding of lecture topics and assigned readings through satisfactory performance on two midterm and one comprehensive final examination.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.


Human Physiology, 4th Edition, Silverthorn, 2007.

*last updated: 11/7/2011