What is Human Physiology?
Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. The principal level of focus of physiology is at the functional level of organs and systems.
Anatomy and physiology are closely related fields of study: anatomy, the study of form, and physiology, the study of function, are intrinsically tied and are therefore often studied in tandem as part of the curriculum.
A major in Human Physiology and related disciplines provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to obtain employment as medical scientists and clinical physiologists in hospitals and in marketing / scientific reporting for biomedical/pharmaceutical companies. Graduates interested in research careers may obtain employment in biomedical research laboratories or progress to further studies such as Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees within Biomedical Research. After completion of the Bachelor of Science students may enrol in further study to become science teachers. Furthermore, knowledge gained in this area of study provides graduates with the knowledge and information to sit the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) to seek entry into postgraduate medicine.
Research in postgraduate programs (Masters and PhD) provide opportunities for motivated and highly qualified students to undertake advanced study to produce a research-based dissertation. Students develop the appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge that will enhance their career prospects.
The Master of Biomedical Science is offered as a coursework program and is available as a full fee paying program for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. It allows studies in advanced courses in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Medical Microbiology, Physiology, Computational Biology and Experimental Bioinformatics.
Academic staff within biomedical science/human biology are active and productive in research within the Centre for Systems Biology.
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