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IPHY 1020 (1) Introduction to Integrative Physiology

Introduces students to Integrative Physiology. Provides an overview of the major and how it differs from other biology programs; how to get involved in clubs, research, and/or internship opportunities; strategies for succeeding in IPHY courses; and career options. This is a first-year colloquium course specifically designed for freshman and other students exploring their educational and career opportunities.

IPHY 1181 (2) Biological Probiotic/Drug Discovery Through Hands-on Screens

Provides introduction to research and laboratory experience. Students will work in teams to screen novel mycobacterial strains for use as probiotics or immunoregulatory/anti-inflammatory drugs using THP-1 cells, a human monocytic cell line. Topics covered include the hygiene or "Old Friends" hypothesis, the human microbiome, approaches to screening for new probiotics or therapeutics, and statistical analysis of the data.

IPHY 1600 (3) Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology

Focuses on basic knowledge of human body structures and functions. Topics include an orientation to the human body, basic chemistry and cell structure, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

IPHY 1950 (3) Introduction to Scientific Writing in Integrative Physiology

Provides an overview of writing skills and strategies, emphasizing those most important to the sciences, especially physiology. Focuses on fundamental skills, objective analysis, and scientific persuasion, with attention to clear organization and style, academic and scientific mechanics, and distinctions between audiences.

IPHY 2400 (2) Introduction to Medical Terminology for Future Health Professionals

Provides an introduction to medical terminology used within the health professions. Word roots, prefixes and suffixes used in medical records for major body systems will be examined and explained. The structure and functions of the major systems will be defined and described. Recommended for IPHY students and students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.

IPHY 2420 (3) Introduction to Nutrition

Focuses on the basic anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of nutrition. Topics include weight management, the role of diet and lifestyle in disease prevention, specific nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, nutrition standards and guidelines, sports nutrition recommendations, agricultural practices, and food policy issues.

IPHY 2500 (1) Perspectives in Health and Medicine

Designed to increase awareness of issues that surround international and U.S. health care. Provides broad overview of topics relevant to 21st century medical practice. Includes guest lectures by faculty and practitioners from Denver Metro region, followed by opportunities to integrate new concepts using small group discussion and writing. Topics change each semester and may include: global development and health; socio-cultural issues in health care; health disparities; applied bioethics; health care system reform; narrative medicine.

IPHY 2692 (3) Foundations in Public Health

This course provides a comprehensive overview of public health as well as an in-depth review of specific public health-related topics. Beginning with historical overview, students will explore major public health concepts such as the basic principles of epidemiology, the biomedical basis of disease, social and behavioral determinants of health, and systems thinking. Students will be introduced to the concepts of measuring and evaluating the health of the populations, principles of communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental and occupational health, the economics of health, and the role of public health workers in society.

IPHY 2800 (4) Introduction to Statistics

Examines the application of statistics to research relevant to integrative physiology. Includes instruction and hands-on experience with related computer programs and interpretation of the results of their use.

IPHY 2910 (1-6) Practicum in Integrative Physiology

Offers practical experience in organized situations with direct supervision.

IPHY 3010 (1-2) Teaching in Integrative Physiology

Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching specific laboratory sections in IPHY under direct faculty supervision. Students must make arrangements with the faculty member responsible for the course in which they plan to assist.

IPHY 3410 (3) Human Anatomy

Explores the cells, tissues, and organs that compose the different anatomical systems including integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, urinary and reproductive.

IPHY 3415 (2) Human Anatomy Laboratory

Introduces structures of the human anatomical systems using human cadavers and animal tissue.

IPHY 3430 (4) Introduction to Human Physiology

Introduces the physiology of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, immune, endocrine, digestive and reproductive systems.

IPHY 3435 (2) Physiology Lab

Introduces laboratory experience in selected aspects of human and comparative physiology for students in pharmacy and allied health programs.

IPHY 3440 (3) Clinical Nutrition

Exploration of clinical nutrition concepts from a health care provider perspective. Examines how and why diseases develop and what nutritional therapy and intervention is appropriate for disease resolution.

IPHY 3490 (3) Introduction to Epidemiology

Examines the history and uses of epidemiology, measures of disease frequency and occurrence, association and causality, analytic epidemiology, evidence-based screening and outbreak investigations.

IPHY 3590 (3) Health & Function Over the Adult Lifespan

Examines topics in the field of biomedical aging in the context of public health including: lifespan, changing demographics of aging, healthspan, genetics of aging; physiology of aging (changes in function with age; biological mechanisms of aging); clinical disorders of aging (aging and chronic diseases; clinical syndromes in geriatric medicine); lifestyle and pharmacological strategies for preserving health and function with aging.

IPHY 3700 (3) Scientific Writing in Integrative Physiology

Takes a process-based approach to writing. Assignments and classroom experiences emphasize critical thinking, using scientific evidence and reasoning to construct original arguments, and applying conventions and problem-solving skills to craft successful documents.

IPHY 4010 (1-3) Seminar in Integrative Physiology

Introduces a small group of students to current research topics in integrative physiology, evaluation of current research and discussion of critical issues.

IPHY 4040 (3) History of Medicine

Explores the history of western European medicine from the Middle Ages to the 19th century with a focus on the influence of social events and how these shaped the process and evolution of medicine. Projects explore topics of student interest that might include pharmacology, pathology, mental illness, optometry, dentistry, women in medicine, and the influence of war on medical practices. This is a three-week (Maymester) Education Abroad Global Seminar.

IPHY 4060 (4) Cell Physiology

Introduces the biology of eukaryotic systems at molecular, cellular and systems levels of integration, emphasizing the complementarities of structure and function and physiological mechanisms of regulation at the cellular and molecular level.

IPHY 4200 (3) Physiological Genetics and Genomics

Covers fundamental concepts in molecular genetics/genomics with physiological applications. Topics include structure and function of nucleic acids, genome structure, genetic and genomic research tools, methods for identifying disease-causing mutations, regulation of gene expression, pharmacogenetics, gene therapy and ethical issues in modern genomics.

IPHY 4300 (3) Pathophysiology of Disease

Uses case studies to explore various disease states of the organ systems within the body and the underlying mechanisms that contribute to the manifestations of these diseases. Additionally, students will examine the importance of epidemiology in the understanding of disease as well as discuss infectious disease, and the role of genetics in congenital defects and cancer.

IPHY 4420 (3) Nutrition and Health Performance

Examines nutrient use during exercise and the nutrient needs of athletes and active individuals, including strategies to improve physical performance and recovery through dietary manipulations and dietary supplements.

IPHY 4440 (4) Endocrinology

Introduces mammalian endocrine system. Provides a thorough analysis of chemical communication by hormones and related bioregulators with emphasis on the major endocrine systems such as the thyroid, gonad, pituitary and the brain.

IPHY 4490 (3) Case Studies in Public Health

Explores case studies in public health in how they have influenced our approach to disease outbreaks and disease resolution. Examines famous case studies in infectious disease, zoonoses and non-infectious diseases, including environmental and occupational exposure to see how they have changed our understanding of disease and responses by health and medical personnel. Examines special populations within public health, as well as discuss modern public health challenges.

IPHY 4540 (5) Biomechanics

the principles of physics and physiology to the analysis of human movement. Quantitative analysis of the forces, torques, mechanical energy, power impulses and momentum associated with human movement. Mechanical properties of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones.

IPHY 4580 (3) Sleep Physiology

Describes the physiology and neurobiology of sleep and impact of sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders on immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neural systems, as well as examines changes in sleep across the life span. The integrative nature of sleep and circadian rhythms in normal.

IPHY 4600 (3) Immunology

Studies the immune system, a multi-cellular system that functions to protect us from disease. Introduces concepts associated with the development and function of individual cells of the immune system (T-cells, B-cells, neutrophils, dendritic cells, macrophages), as well as their integrative roles in physiology and host defense.

IPHY 4650 (5) Exercise Physiology

Examines physiological and biochemical adjustments that occur in the body with acute and chronic exercise. Topics center on physiological mechanisms pertaining to metabolic, cardiovascular, and hormonal alterations, the role of exercise in health and disease, soreness and fatigue, immune function, as well as exercise during varied environmental conditions.

IPHY 4720 (4) Neurophysiology

Explores the function of the nervous system, including how the properties of neurons influence nervous system activity, how the nervous system controls the activity of muscles and how the sensory effects of muscle activity influence the function of the nervous system.

IPHY 4780 (3) Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Health

Examines the history of sleep and circadian rhythms; lifespan development of sleep and rhythms; observational, physiological and clinical measures of sleep; screening for sleep and circadian disorders; associations between poor sleep and circadian misalignment and health; and evidence-based sleep and circadian interventions/preventions in healthy and clinical samples.

IPHY 4850 (1) Honors Thesis Seminar

To be taken during the final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of a lecture component on Honors thesis writing and defense, as well as a seminar component where Honors candidates present their thesis research in a practice defense talk.

IPHY 4860 (1-6) Independent Study: Undergraduate

IPHY 4870 (1-3) Honors Thesis

IPHY 4890 (3) Community-Based Primary Health Care

Introduces models of Community-Based Health Care (CBPHC), relevant research regarding the models and methods of implementation in rural low resource settings. This 3-week summer global seminar in Nicaragua also includes public health data collection in a rural area in conjunction with local health promoters. Provides students with practical skills in the implementation of CBPHC in rural low resource settings.

IPHY 4930 (1-6) Internship

Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings.

IPHY 4940 (1-6) Application for Clinical Internship

Provides an opportunity for clinical experience in a clinic or hospital setting with which the University has an established Affiliation Agreement.

IPHY 4950 (1-6) Global Study Abroad Internship

Provides an opportunity to combine international experiential learning and academic theory as a means to gain professional experience and to develop a new perspective on a career field.