HLTH 2501


4.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced.

Recommended Requisites

Completion of 6 credits of anatomy and physiology.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • 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 Outline

  • 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

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Students are required to source their own textbook:

VanMeter, K. C., & Hubert, R. J. Gould's pathophysiology for the health professions. 5th edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders, 2011.
Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-4557-5411-3

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Learning Environment’s "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To succesfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory final examination.

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: NEJM Case 20%
Assignment 2: NEJM Case 20%
Midterm Exam: (Modules 1-4) 20%
Final Examination * (Invigilated) (Comprehensive) 40%
Total: 100%

* Mandatory