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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.
The goal of the 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. It is this integrative approach, spanning the basic science spectrum, that places the discipline of physiology at the forefront in the education of future health science professionals.
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. To fulfill this mission, 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 (residents, practicing physicians, biomedical engineers, etc.).
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. For us the gene, protein and test tube is not the end point – it is the very beginning of advance and discovery in the integrative biomedical sciences. Students can focus their thesis work in any one of several areas: cardiovascular, metabolic, muscular and respiratory diseases; regenerative medicine; and others. In addition to providing a solid foundation in physiology and biology, our program also provides the flexibility and opportunity for students to design a training plan that prepares them for careers in academia in either basic or clinical sciences as well as the bio-industrial arena.