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Physiology: The living science

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Physiology is truly the living science. It is a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of living organisms, and is crucial to understanding the abnormalities that lead to disease. To understand asthma, we need to know how lungs work; and to understand diabetes we need knowledge of blood sugar regulation.

Why study Physiology?

Physiology studies the mechanisms that the body uses to make sense of the world around us—and all the different functions that influence the choices we make, how we feel, what we remember, and what we forget.

Physiology teaches you:

  • About the various body systems, by conducting experiments to see how these systems work at cellular and molecular levels
  • About neurophysiology—the systems the brain uses to make sense of sights and smells
  • About cardiovascular and respiratory physiology—the various functions of the heart, blood system and lungs
  • Cellular, gastrointestinal, and renal physiology—the function of the digestive system and kidneys, right down to a cellular level

More information about Physiology

Download the Physiology infosheet (PDF 2.5 MB) for more information about the following:

  • Careers
  • Background required
  • Teaching style
  • Postgraduate opportunities
  • Research in physiology

Please contact the Department of Physiology for further information:

Email physiology@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/physiology