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Current HAPS-I course offerings

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Fall 2014 

Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology
Dr. George Ordway
(2 credits) Sept. 22, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
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Register now:  Graduate Credit or 
Professional Development

This unique course is designed to provide college-level instructors with an opportunity to develop their understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, including key cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for function of the heart and blood vessels.  The course also will include examples of pathophysiology that result in common acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases.  Participation in the course will be online only with weekly directed readings and assignments that will be posted to a discussion board for instructor and peer review, along with regularly scheduled interactive conference sessions.  Cardiovascular Physiology (7th ed.) by Mohrman and Heller will be used as the course text along with available internet resources and databases. In addition, selected articles from the primary literature will be used to help participants foster an appreciation of the research that has advanced our knowledge of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.  Participants also will complete a final project supporting the teaching of cardiovascular biology in a college-level anatomy and physiology course.  The project may take a variety of forms; however, developing a case study or review article will be emphasized.  A total of approximately 60 hours will be required to complete all course work.  Grading will be on a pass/fail basis and evaluation will include successful completion of weekly assignments, pre- and post-course knowledge assessments, a final project, and participation in scheduled conference sessions.  A pass grade will require 75% of a total of 100 points.  This course will serve as the basis for future on-line-only offerings of advanced topics dealing with cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.  

Spring 2015


Mechanisms of Disease: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky
(2 credits) February 22,2015 - May 10, 2015
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The last two decades has seen ground-breaking advances in basic and medical research, from the sequencing of the human genome to the identification of over 15 million human DNA variations, to the use of those variations to track down elusive disease genes and epigenetic factors. The wealth of genomic, proteomic, and epigenetics information combined with cutting-edge technologies has changed our past understanding of human disease. This course will examine the cellular, molecular, epigenetic basis of endocrine diseases as a model disease that connects the cellular processes with the physiology and pathophysiology at the tissue and whole organ level. The spectrum of disorders that produces type 2 diabetes will be the focus of younger population. This course uses case studies and current literature reviews in an asynchronous virtual format and will require an online coursework. The ability to interact in formal discussions will be available at the annual HAPS conference. The content of the course is directly applicable to those teaching classes ranging from physiology. This course is designed to facilitate your teaching as well as updating your content knowledge. This course will follow a completely on-line format and will require 20 hours of coursework.

Current Issues in Obesity Prevention and Treatment
Krista Lee Rompolski, Ph.D.
(2 credits) April 6, 2015 - June 7, 2015
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Obesity is thought to be caused by the interaction of a genetically susceptible individual with the obesogenic environment. Significant advances in the treatment of obesity, whether behavioral, surgical or pharmacological, have been proven successful at the individual level. However, little success has been achieved in preventing weight gain or maintaining weight loss at a population level. Given obesity's recent classification as a disease state, it is imperative that instructors of human anatomy and physiology-based courses are familiar with the growing body of knowledge on obesity prevention and treatment. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to understand obesity with a multifactorial approach, addressing the genetic, biological, environmental, societal and multifactorial approach, addressing the genetic, biological, environmental, societal and behavioral aspects that interact on an individual and population level. Special emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge gained from discussion and critique of published clinical and epidemiological studies into an instructor's curriculum.


Summer 2015


Anatomia Italiana: The Cultural History of Anatomy Along the Italian Peninsula
(3 credits) June 1 - August 31, 2015
Dr. Kevin Petti 
San Diego Miramar College
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This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand their understanding of the rich cultural heritage of anatomy education along the Italian Peninsula, and its connection with Renaissance art. This course is an international experience preceded by a series of readings in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly books intended to put the travel experience into context, and followed by the development of a teaching module. Readings will be discussed in online forums, experienced deeper through the international experience, and applied by way of incorporating the teaching module into an existing anatomy course.

After a four-week online component, students will participate in a 12-day visit to Italy. They will visit anatomy museums in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Padua that are important to the history of anatomy education. These museums include historic anatomy theaters and centuries old anatomical wax models. Traditional cultural sites that contain Renaissance masterpieces, such as the Vatican museums, will also be toured. These masterpieces will be considered within the context of how they were influenced by the dissections conducted by the masters. This interdisciplinary experience allows for students to connect art and anatomy in a unique manner. The result is a deeper and richer understanding of the historic and cultural underpinnings of anatomy education.

Students who have participated in the travel experience prior to participation in the HAPS-I course are eligible to enroll in this course by completing the remaining online component and submission of an interdisciplinary teaching module. Additional information can be found at


Summer 2015

Summer 2015