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Welcome to the Department of Human Physiology

by Li-Shan Chou, Department Head

On behalf of the faculty and students of the Department of Human Physiology, I would like to welcome you to our website. Our department is home to undergraduate and graduate students who desire strong training in human physiology and anatomy that will prepare them for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research. (more…)

Featured News

May 20, 2015

Anita Christie featured in the Spring 2015 Cascade Magazine

Human Physiology Associate Professor Anita Christie’s research on muscle fatigue in both young & older adults has been featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Cascade Magazine, the alumni magazine for the UO College of Arts and Sciences.

Check out the full article here: Spring 2015 Cascade Magazine

May 15, 2015

HPHY Undergrads shine at Undergraduate Symposium

Each year through its Undergraduate Research Awards program, the UO Libraries recognizes undergraduates who produce high-quality research projects using the library’s extensive resources and services. This year, 13 Human Physiology majors were selected. Click the link to view pictures from the event and information on the individual abstracts presented.

2015 Undergrad Symposium

The competition is funded by the Milton C. and Barbara B. Sparks and Jon and Lisa Stine endowments, as well as gifts from Walter and Gretchen Barger. Recipients were also awarded up to $1500 in prizes.

May 8, 2015

Dr. Chou receives Outstanding Faculty Leader Award

Congratulations to Dr. Li-Shan Chou, Human Physiology Professor & Department Head. The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence awarded this achievement to Dr. Chou at a celebration along with the Asian Pacific American Student Union for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The celebration and award ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 6th at the Ford Alumni Center. The APASU also recognized the achievements of outstanding Asian Pacific American leaders in the study body, and community throughout the evening.

“As a faculty member and now department head of the Human Physiology Department, Li-Shan Chou has strived to bring excellence and diversity to the department and the University.  He co-founded the UO Chinese faculty network to connect the Asian UO faculty together.  Within the department, he has actively recruited students from China, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.  He has hosted five visiting scholars to conduct research in his Motion Analysis Laboratory from Taiwan, China and Korea.  As the head of the department, he has strengthened the diversity and inclusion goals.  He is praised by faculty and staff for his leadership style and administrative excellence.”


APASU award night

Jane Irungu, Director of CMAE, presents the award to Dr. Chou.

Dr. Chou with APASU Award

Outstanding Faculty Award

April 13, 2015

Commencement 2015

The 2015 Human Physiology commencement ceremony is on Monday, June 15th at noon. The location is the lawn behind the Knight Law School, corner of Agate and 15th streets. Check-in begins here at 11:30. The ceremony should last about 1-1/2 hours. No tickets are required for this ceremony (or the all-university one at Matthew Knight arena). There will be light refreshments afterwards.

The deadline to apply for spring graduation on Duckweb is April 26th. There is a sign-up sheet in a red folder in the HPHY office where you can indicate if you’re participating in the HPHY ceremony. Next time you’re in the office, please sign “yes or no” by your name. You may also pick up a program exit evaluation and grad registration card, which may be filled out in the office or brought back at a later date.

Regalia may be ordered online ( Order by April 19 to receive special pricing. Students can order announcements for individual ceremonies as well as the main ceremony. Announcement orders can be placed with CB Graduation Announcements at or call 1-800-433-0296.

The optional all-university ceremony is on Monday, June 15th beginning at 9 a.m. Graduates line up in front of Johnson Hall on 13th by 8:15 a.m. to march in the Duck Walk parade to the Matt Knight Arena. This ceremony should end by 11 a.m.

The University strongly recommends parking at Autzen Stadium and taking a shuttle to campus. Last year there were 38,000 visitors on campus, so parking is at a premium. There will be golf carts around campus to transport folks who need assistance getting to ceremony sites. There will be ADA parking on campus in the Columbia lot below the Matt Knight Arena. A disability hangtag is required to park there. If you or one of your guests needs any special accommodations, please contact Cindy Wiser. We’re happy to arrange wheelchair seating for easy access.

We use GradImages professional photographers at our ceremony. If you want to view proofs and place an order, you can do so at or call 1-800-211-0436.

The University has a commencement web site:
Please refer to this site for lots of helpful information about the all-university ceremony, maps, plus campus activities.