PHSL 5525: Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvis and Urinary System

Pelvic Short Course Status Update

An update regarding the status of 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


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.

mark cook


Mark's experience in teaching anatomy spans 20 years, including a previous faculty appointment at California State University and his current appointment at the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Program in Human Anatomy. In addition to teaching anatomy, Mark is a licensed physical therapist and does consulting for several medical device companies in Minnesota.

steve katz


Stephen has been teaching Physiology for almost 30 years.  In addition to this short course, Stephen teaches renal physiology, renal pharmacology, acid-base balance, compartmental fluid dynamics, gastrointestinal physiology, and energy metabolism to medical and dental students, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.