The Department of Physiology offers undergraduate courses, graduate courses leading to the MS and PhD degrees, and courses which are required for first-year medical students. The undergraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students interested in health-related careers: dental hygiene, nursing, nutrition, medical technology, medicine, biology, public health, and the social sciences. There is no undergraduate degree granted in this subject area.
The emphasis in the department is on human physiology, but human function is described from a broad perspective that includes anthropological, environmental, and exercise/sports aspects.
Areas of active faculty and graduate student research include hyperbaric physiology and medicine; thermoregulation; cardiovascular physiology; respiratory physiology; neurophysiology; endocrinology; exercise and environmental physiology; tissue culture; and macrophage physiology.
Exercise physiology and hyperbaric physiology and medicine have become areas of particular emphasis within the program over the last few years. The new interdisciplinary graduate program in cell, molecular, and neurosciences will further expand the interests of the department. Cooperative work with Japanese and other scientists utilizing seabird populations of the Hawaiian Islands is also an area of interest.
On occasion, medical school students jointly pursue a graduate degree within this program.
The field of physiology interrelates with almost every other biomedical science, particularly biochemistry, anatomy and reproductive biology, and pharmacology. Occasionally materials in the field of nutrition, which have a cross-disciplinary interest, are required.
Publications of the National Institutes of Health and other medically related government publications are available through the Government Documents Collection.
The collections at several of the hospital libraries act as a supplementary resource, especially for the more clinically oriented journals, particularly relating to sports medicine, which are not held by Hamilton Library.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Paul Wermager