Introductory Human Physiology


Explore the fascinating world of human physiology and learn about the body’s organ systems, functions, and how they maintain health. In this comprehensive course, you will:

– Master key concepts in human physiology and homeostasis
– Delve into the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and urinary systems
– Examine the role of senses, muscles, gastrointestinal, and reproductive systems
– Apply knowledge to real-life situations and medical conditions

This course is perfect for students, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in human physiology and biology, building upon a basic understanding of human anatomy. This course is an excellent resource for MCAT preparation or as a refresher for health professionals.

As a bonus, enhance your learning with a unique immersive virtual reality (VR) experience, accessible on both VR and desktop platforms, that takes you on an incredible journey inside the human body. This course offers a captivating way to explore and understand complex physiological concepts, as you virtually shrink to navigate through blood vessels and then return to normal size to measure blood pressure. The course comes to life as an educational adventure.



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by VM May 13, 2020
Thank you so much for the awesome content. It was a great experience and I loved that you shared the notes of all the material. It helped me a lot. Amazing teachers! Thank you, everyone

by DH Oct 11, 2016
I gained a deeper understanding and greater appreciation for how my body works. Thank you to the Teams at Duke and Coursera for making such a wide body of information available to the motivated.

by JB Aug 6, 2021
This course helped me develop important critical thinking skills. I believe getting answers wrong served as lessons learned. It led to a positive advancement in my comprehension of each subject.

by SS Dec 10, 2020
It was a nice experience learning through Coursera. The variety in learning resources made the learning interesting. The quiz questions were good. Expecting more courses in teaching and physiology subject.



Jennifer Carbrey

Jennifer Carbrey

Assistant Research Professor, Duke University

Jennifer Carbrey is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has been teaching medical students at Duke University Medical Center for the past 6 years, as well as graduate and undergraduate students in Introductory Physiology. She is currently the course director of the cell biology portion of the Duke medical school course, Molecule and Cells.

Emma Jakoi

Emma Jakoi

Associate Research Professor


Emma Jakoi is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University. She has a Ph.D. in Physiology from Duke University. She has been teaching cell biology and cell/systems physiology to graduate students and medical students at Duke University Medical Center and others for more than 20 years and is the co-author of Physiology: Review for the National Boards. Dr. Jakoi has received several teaching awards including Golden Apples and Master Clinician/Teacher Award from Duke University Medical School. She is currently the course director and course coordinator of the Duke medical school course, Normal Body, and the course director of two graduate courses, Human Structure and Function and Introductory Physiology.
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