For students attending the course Integrated physiology and pharmacology (25 credits) course code 4FF000

The aim of the course is to introduce the subjects of physiology and pharmacology and integrate these to create a holistic understanding of how the body functions and is affected by various factors, including pharmacologically active substances. The course includes integrated physiology and pharmacology at the molecular, cellular and integrative level, as well as pharmacological principles.


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Registration is mandatory in order to keep your place and participate in the course. You register yourself in Ladok. The registration period is from August 14th until August 30, 2023.

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About the course

The course is held on KI campus Solna with full-time teaching (100%). Full-time teaching corresponds to 40 hours of study per week.

The course starts on August 28th, 2023 and ends in mid-January 2024. A few weeks of the course runs in parallel with the course Professional Development and Ethics.

The course will include the functions of the organs during:

  • normal/healthy conditions,
  • abnormal conditions/diseases, and
  • pharmacological/non-pharmacological treatment to create an integrated understanding of the subject areas.

Through knowledge in the major subject, the purpose is further that the student should be able to assimilate practical elements and understand how physiological and pharmacological principles can be applied.

The course is divided into four parts that are examined separately: 

Part 1. Introduction to physiology and pharmacology, 6.0 credits

This part contains:

  • Physiology and pharmacology at the molecular, cellular and integrative level
  • Orientating anatomy and histology
  • Pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacodynamics and receptor pharmacology

Part 2. Respiration, circulation, endocrinology, digestion, kidney function and movement, 12.0 credits

This part contains: 

  • Physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology in: heart, circulation, respiration, kidney and fluid balance, the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, endocrinology and reproduction, and the musculoskeletal system
  • Applied Physiology
  • Cancer and cancer treatment

Part 3. Nervous system and immune system, 4.5 credits

This part contains: 

  • Neurophysiology, neuropathology and neuropharmacology
  • The immune system, inflammation and anti-inflammatory treatment
  • Infectious Diseases; principles, prevention and treatment

Part 4. From hypothesis to therapy, 2.5 credits

This part contains: 

  • General principles of drug development
  • Bioinformatics and health informatics in a physiological and pharmacological context
  • Integration of prevention, pharmacological methods and life style changes
  • Integration of how to bring an experimental hypothesis to drug development and treatment

TBL (Team-Based Learning) will be used during Part 2 and 3 of the course. The students will work together in smaller groups during TBL and the teaching is centered around student commitment and active participation and collaboration.


Gunnar Schulte

Course director
C3 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Jessica Norrbom

C3 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Sofia Pettersson

Course administrator

Course evaluation and course analysis

Content reviewer:
Linda Henning