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 Method



Recommended: Completion of 6 credits of anatomy and physiology.


Upon successful completion of this course, students are 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

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

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

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


To successfully complete this course, students must submit all four assignments and receive a grade of 50% or higher in each.

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 25%
Assignment 2 25%
Assignment 3 25%
Assignment 4 25%