Foundations of Human Structure and Function

This course is part of the UBC Certificate in Biomedical Visualization and Communication.

The goal of this course is not only for you to understand the human body, but to build a rich biomedical vocabulary that you can use confidently with your audience. Using a virtual 3D anatomy tool pioneered by instructor Dr. Claudia Krebs and her team, and Faculty of Medicine biomedical education materials, you review the anatomical structures and physiological principles of the major body systems.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the basic structures and functions of the human body
  • use medical language comfortably and confidently that’s adapted for your audience
  • conduct research online, critically evaluate biomedical and anatomical facts, and disseminate medical information from a place of understanding and confidence
  • apply design and user experience (UX) principles in both visual and communication assignments.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to Human Anatomy (Orientation) and Embryology
Week 2: Foundations of Physiology – Homeostasis and Histology
Week 3: Thorax 1 – Circulatory System
Week 4: Thorax 2 – Respiratory System
Week 5: Abdomen 1 – Anatomical Overview
Week 6: Abdomen 2 – Foundations of Digestion
Week 7: Renal System and Fluids
Week 8: Pelvis and Perineum Anatomy
Week 9: Musculoskeletal System 1 – Upper Limb
Week 10: Musculoskeletal System 2 – Lower Limb
Week 11: Anatomy of the Head and Neck
Week 12: Central Nervous System, Pain
Week 13: Summary, Overview, Discussion

This course is available only to students in the UBC Certificate in Biomedical Visualization and Communication program.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported with real-time classes. Students attend two live, virtual classes a week, and an optional tutorial. All times are in the Pacific (Vancouver) Time Zone.

Mondays 4–6pm - Lecture
Wednesdays 4–6pm - Virtual Anatomy Lab
Fridays 4–6pm - Optional Tutorial/Workshop

Online modules, released weekly, include recorded lectures, readings, videos, exercises and assignments to supplement virtual classes, for a total of 60 hours of online learning. Each module must be completed in full before progressing to the next module.

Students can expect to spend 10–15 hours or more per week attending online classes and participating in virtual anatomy labs, completing the modules and assignments, reflecting on their learning, visual journalling and reflection, and posting in online group discussions.

Available Sessions

Course currently not available for registration.