• ECTS credits20
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMED1ORGFYS
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

Human physiology is the study of the human body and its functions, and includes integrated processes in living tissue on the molecular, the cellular, and the organ level as well as the whole body as a unit.

The course contains organ biochemistry, organ physiology (blood, cardiovascular system, lungs, gastro-intestinal and kidneys) and system-physiology (circulation, respiration, digestion and nutrition, reproduction).

Integrated physiology is given a major role together with regulating processes in the body´s inner environment (temperature regulation, energy turnover, water-, salt- and acid/base balance, hormonal regulation, physiology during muscular work, hypo- and hyperbaric physiology).

In addition to this there can be lectures in clinical patophysiology (heart failure, trauma during circulatory shock, diabetic ketoacidosis, endocrinology).

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures (approx. 100 hours) and laboratory courses.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Laboratory course with approved journals.

Semester of Instruction


Access to the Course

Cand.med.-degree programme and Master´s Programme in Medical Biology.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:


  • Explain the function of the human body and its responses at a molecular, cellular and whole body level to:
    • Exercise.
    • Exposure to changes in ambient pressure, temperature and different drugs.
    • Perturbations in one or more organs or organ systems.


  • Explain the function of the human body and its responses at a molecular, cellular and whole body level to various stimuli.
  • Carry out selected physiological experiments and be able to analyze and understand the results from such experiments.


  • Have the ability to integrate knowledge from different subjects to understand how diseases like heart failure, asthma and diabetes mellitus and their complications can occur, be diagnosed and treated.
  • Improved skills in written and verbal communication of complex information.
  • Assess scientific uncertainty and contradictory information and hypotheses.

Forms of Assessment

5 hour written exam.

Grading Scale


Course Evaluation

Written evaluation on My Space/Mi side.


Contact Information

Department of Biomedicine


(+47) 55 58 64 39 / 55 58 64 40 / 55 58 60 95

Course coordinator:

Helge Wiig, http://uib.no/persons/Helge.Wiig