The Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the integration of structure and function of cells, organ-systems, and living animals, providing a strong foundation for knowledge discovery in basic science and human health fields. These are the major areas of our educational mission.

Undergraduate Program

The goal of the Human Physiology major is to help students understand the function of the human body by pursuing systematic studies of cells, tissues and organisms. The program places an emphasis on understanding the mechanisms underlying the normal and pathological functions of animal organisms in terms of the physical and chemical laws that govern them.

Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) is a unique hybrid of the field of physiology, the cornerstone of biomedical research and medicine, and the rapidly advancing fields of molecular, genetic and cellular biology. IBP students are trained to combine sophisticated approaches to understanding molecular and cellular function with integrative physiological methods to unravel the mechanisms of disease.

Program in Human Anatomy

The central mission of the Program in Human Anatomy Education is to teach Gross Human Anatomy and Embryology to professional, graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota. The program seeks to develop and/or adopt innovative teaching methods to better facilitate anatomy education and to create courses to meet the educational needs of professional and advanced nontraditional students.


Continuing Education

We offer short courses (3–5 days) in biomedical physiology that are open to non-enrolled students (usually professionals in the biomedical industry)—the cardiac short course and the pelvic short course.

Courses for Industry Professionals