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Human Physiology 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…)

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September 14, 2020

New Update for Fall Term

Please check our COVID-19 response page for the latest information about the department’s operations.


June 4, 2020

A Message to Our Students

Dear HPHY students,

We are living in uniquely challenging times in our country, with few precedents for the viral pandemic combined with historic unemployment and economic hardship. Tragically, the recent murder of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are not unprecedented.

When we last reached out to you, it was before the start of spring term. We were moving to remote teaching, and we told you that we were grateful that you were sticking with us in the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. We were and are committed to your success and to providing a valuable academic experience this term. We have seen many challenges this term, and we have worked hard to support you as you have worked hard to adapt to these circumstances.

Recent nation-wide protests in response to another murder of an unarmed Black man by police have taken an already untenable situation and elevated our national stress in ways we will all process differently. Our hearts are with our many students who have felt the anger, grief, and frustration of this moment in history.

We’ve been struggling with what message we as a faculty should send to you, our students, at this time to express how much we care about your well-being, and to reinforce our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and equity, at a time when our broader cultural shortcomings are in such sharp focus. We feel our students of color, in particular our Black students, need to know we have your backs. We stand with you. We are here to support you and we will continue to educate ourselves to become better allies. While we acknowledge that the burden of addressing generations of inequities should not fall on those who have been oppressed, we also want to amplify your voices. In that spirit, for anyone that wants to share – we welcome your suggestions for what we can do to help. They can be sent to

As students at a predominately white institution, we ask each of you to consider what you can do to show your support for classmates that are most affected. Learn what is going on. Consider the many ways you can make a difference and show your support (you can go to if you need ideas).

Our faculty agree that cancelling final exams is one way we can support students’ needs at this time, but we don’t want to diminish the value of your hard efforts to learn. As such, those who want to take a final exam in a HPHY class may do so, as an opportunity to improve a grade or satisfy a personal sense of completion. No final exams will be required of students who would choose to let their grades stand as they are. No student who chooses to take their final exam will have their course grade reduced by their exam score. All final exams are now optional.

We have seen your resiliency this term. We have seen your hard work. You are all part of our HPHY family. We must take care of each other and stand up for one another.

In solidarity, on behalf of the HPHY faculty, staff, and graduate students,

John Halliwill, Department Head

March 25, 2020

Human Physiology Answers the Call for PPE

Last week the University of Oregon launched a donation drive for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the faculty of Human Physiology did not disappoint. Collectively, the faculty members scoured their 17 research labs and donated a substantial amount of direly needed supplies for local health agencies, including the University Health Center.

Dr. Andy Lovering of the Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Physiology Lab organized the HPHY donation.

Among the supplies donated:

  • 12,000 Non Sterile Gloves
  • 1,200 Sterile Gloves
  • 600 Caps
  • 1050 Surgical masks
  • 30 N95 masks
  • 1,000 Disinfectant wipes
  • 300 Gowns

More information about the University wide drive:

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement

In order to reduce the risk of exposure to students, staff, and faculty, and in response to the emergent COVID-19 situation, the Human Physiology Office will be closed beginning March 17 for the coming weeks. Updates about university closures can be found at

Please check our new page for the most up to date information about Human Physiology Operations:

February 17, 2020

Graduating in 2020? *UPDATED*

The Human Physiology Commencement page has new information available. Find all the details on the Commencement page.