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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

October 11, 2017

Dr. Karduna Explores Sixth Sense in Quack Chat Pub Talk

Join Human Physiology Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School as he discusses the often unrecognized sixth sense.

His pub talk, which will feature demonstrations on Wednesday October 11th, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ax Billy Grill at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette St., in downtown Eugene. Admission is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

September 28, 2017

Stress fractures, Hot Tubbing and Sweat. We got ya covered.

Our faculty and students have been busy!

Check out these recent feature articles from our students and faculty…

Brett Ely, HPHY PhD Candidate : Shape Magazine How Much Should You Sweat During A Workout

Samantha Bryan, HPHY Undergraduate: Cascade Magazine Better Health Through Hot Tubbing

Dr. Mike Hahn, Bowerman Sports Science Clinic Director and Associate Professor: AroundtheO Pac-12 Student Health study on Overuse Injuries / Injury Prevention: Integration of Biomechanics-based Informatics for Prevention of Stress Fractures

June 15, 2017

HPHY Graduate is First Stamps Scholar

On Monday, June 19th, 2017 the Human Physiology department will celebrate their graduating class of 224 Undergraduates, along with 5 Master’s and 5 PhD candidates. Among the Undergraduates will be Alex Chang, one of the first recipients of the Stamps Scholarship.



This prestigious scholarship program started at the UO in 2013, made possible by the Stamps Family Foundation. Alex graduates with a degree in Human Physiology with a minor in Biology and Chemistry. Congratulations to Alex and all our graduates.



June 9, 2017

HPHY PhD student Brett Ely grabs multiple awards and even WON a 5K!!

Denver Colorado was the majestic backdrop to the annual American College of Sports Medicine’s conference for 2017, however there was one shining star among them.

Human Physiology PhD candidate Brett Ely came away with these great accomplishments.

  • Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award
  • ACSM Northwest President’s Cup Travel Award
  • Environmental and Occupational Physiology Interest Group PhD Research
  • Center for Research and Education in Special Environments Doctoral Research Award

To top it all off she won the 2017 Carl Gisolfi Memorial ACSM 5K in the women’s division.




June 1, 2017

Meet ’81 Graduate & Member of the US National Women’s Hall of Fame

Ann Bancroft, 1981 College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Graduate (Now Human Physiology), reached the North Pole after a 56-day expedition, led the first all-women’s expedition to the South Pole and skied across Antarctica.

Read more about this phenomenal and legendary explorer in this AroundtheO article.