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Thompson Rivers University

HLTH 2501: Pathophysiology

This course focuses on the general principles of disease and then further explores information dealing with specific disorders of body systems or individual organs. This course is intended for health care practitioners.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize, define, and classify diseases based on pathogenic or morphological characteristics.
  • Analyze the processes that lead to cell injury and describe responses for healing, including inflammation and fever.
  • Analyze the immune response and evaluate some diseases that affect immunity.
  • Differentiate the pathology of various diseases, including: neoplastic disease, blood disorders, and hemodynamic and vascular disorders.
  • Describe and distinguish the pathophysiology of the cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, renal, endocrine, reproductive, skeletal and muscular, and central nervous systems.
  • Classify different forms of pain and trauma.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Cell and Tissue Function
  • Module 2: Integrative Body Functions
  • Module 3: Infection and Immunity
  • Module 4: Pharmacology, Blood, and Lymph
  • Module 5: Body Systems

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Hubert, R. J., & VanMeter, K. C. (2023). Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (7th ed.). Elsevier Saunders. 
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9780323792882 


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To succesfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the Mandatory Final Exam.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum of 60% overall to meet program requirements.

Assignment 1: First Selected NEJM Pathology Case 20%
Midterm Exam (Modules 1, 2, 3, and 4) 20%
Assignment 2: Second Selected NEJM Pathology Case 20%
Mandatory Final Exam 40%
Total: 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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