The Body: An Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

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This course is no longer being offered.

Course Description

This course explores the structure and function of the human body at multiple levels: individual cells, their coming together to form tissues, the organization of tissues into organs, organs working together as parts of organ systems, and finally how those organ systems support one another to maintain the body. Normal structure and function are presented as a starting point, and then the effects of disease processes on structure and function are examined. The effects of disease are also considered at multiple levels, from cells to organ systems, and then beyond the effects on individuals to how diseases effect populations and societies.

Delivery of course materials includes lectures (including multiple sessions focusing on common medical imaging techniques such as x-ray, CT and MRI), homework assignments that serve as the starting points for in-class discussions, case study assignments (in which students research the symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments, and typical outcomes of common disease processes), and student presentations.

Lab sessions focus on the details of structures presented in lectures, as well as augmenting lecture material. Student dissections include multiple dissection sessions on a cat (yes, you will dissect a cat), and a dissection of a pig heart. Human cadaveric anatomy is also part of the lab, and students will view the gross anatomy of previously dissected human cadavers (yes, you will see human cadavers).

**Please note that students in this course do dissections of cats and view previously dissected human cadavers.**

The course is appropriate for students interested in delving deeper into human anatomy than their high school courses typically have time for, and also for those interested in pursuing medicine or other health-care fields. The primary instructor is the course leader for the gross anatomy course that first-year medical students take at Brown, and teaching assistants for the course are typically medical students at Brown. One of our lectures is a session on college and medical school issues, and how medical school "works."

Prerequisites: Completion of a high school biology course is required.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEBI0905
  • Length: 3 weeks
  • Supplemental Fee: $175

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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