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Short Course Status Update

An update regarding the status of PHSL 5510 (Advanced Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology) and PHSL 5525 (Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvic and Urinary Systems)

In a typical year, one without a pandemic, students would be able complete a pre-registration for these two courses so that they can plan around their work schedules and plan for their graduations.

With the resurgence of the corona virus in Minnesota and surrounding state, there are currently too many unknowns for the IBP department to say definitely whether these two courses will be offered in January.  We are uncertain if we can offer these courses because of the challenges of providing a lab intensive experience with the appropriate protective equipment and social distancing.

  • It is possible that we may be offer zoom type lectures, with safety modifications for lab and no food service.
  • It is possible the enrollment for these two courses will be limited.
    • Currently, we just don’t know.

It is possible that in mid-October, we will be able to make this decision.  We will continue to update our website to keep interested students apprised as more information becomes available.  We are mindful that registration begins on November 10th.

Because we are mindful that University of Minnesota students need to plan their electives for graduation, we would recommend that students investigate the other courses offered by the IBP department.

  • PHSL 3095 – Problems in Physiology
  • PHSL 4021 - Advanced Physiology and Bioengineering: Bionic Human 
  • PHSL 4031 - Physiological Discussions: Contemporary Topics 
  • PHSL 4242 – Professional Skills Development for Biomedical Scientists
  • PHSL 5096 - Integrative Biology and Physiology Research Advances 
  • PHSL 5116 - Clinical Physiology II (note: Clinical Physiology I is not a pre-requisite for 5116)
  • PHSL 5197 - Stress Physiology 
  • PHSL 5444 - Muscle 

For more info about these courses


This program serves as a focal point for education in the area of Biomedical Physiology. Our short courses, PHSL 5510: Cardiac and PHSL 5525: Pelvic, are open to non-enrolled students (usually from Biomedical Industry), as well as students in degree-seeking programs at the University of Minnesota. Short courses are intense 3-5 full day classes that combine class meetings with carefully supervised human cadaver dissections. The teaching faculty are Integrative Biology and Physiology teachers and clinical experts in their field. The purpose of these programs is to serve the needs of the local community and to also serve specialty niches within the University.

Cardiac Short Course

Course Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the physiology and anatomy underlying cardiac function
  • Provide details on cardiac microcirculation, cellular function and oxygen delivery
  • Provide students with an understanding of cardio-pathophysiology and current clinical treatments
  • Allow students to perform dissection within the Human Gross Anatomy Lab
  • Provide students with various demonstrations on monitoring cardiac function

Pelvic Short Course

This is a short course focused on the anatomy and physiology of the pelvis, perineum, and urinary system. It has a strong anatomical bias with the pelvis and perineum, but will delve more deeply into the physiology of the urinary system. Some time will be spent considering common pelvic dysfunction (including incontinence, prolapsed and erectile dysfunction), urological pathophysiology and renal physiology. Each afternoon is spent in the U of MN human cadaver lab.