Anatomy & Physiology: How the Body Works in Harmony

Anatomy and physiology work together to define how the human body operates by explaining the function and structure of its many components. This course provides a comprehensive view of the major body regions and systems and explores how they interact to maintain homeostasis and enable survival. You will gain an understanding of the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal systems, which you will apply to scenarios from a variety of related fields.

Program Dates

Choose the course length that works for you: 1-week intensives, 2-week sessions, and 4-week sessions


For students ages 13 and up



Examine The Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology

Discover the Harmony of the Human Body.

Master key anatomical terms and language, and describe how the nervous system communicates with and controls the body's systems. Create a presentation exploring how bodily systems work together to respond to changes in internal or external environments.

Examine the Musculoskeletal System.

Analyze the functions and structural features of bones and the contractile mechanism of skeletal muscles. Discover the relationship between joints and muscles that allows for specific movements.

Investigate the Relationship Between the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems.

Determine how the lungs oxygenate blood and how the chambers of the heart pump blood through the body. Create a schematic displaying the interplay between the heart, blood vessels, and lungs.

Review the Renal System.

Consider the renal system’s contribution to homeostasis by maintaining an essential balance of water and salts and removing harmful excess. Learn how the kidneys and bladder function.

Delve into the Gastrointestinal System.

Showcase the GI system’s role in breaking down food to support the body’s need for energy and nutrients. Distinguish between the endocrine and exocrine functions of the pancreas.

Explore Degrees and Careers in Medicine or Physiology.

Topics covered offer a vital background for college majors and potential careers in medicine and physiology. These include physician, surgeon, exercise physiologist, pharmacist, or lab technician.

How You Will Benefit

  • Be able to identify and apply the fundamental terminology used in anatomy and physiology. 
  • Describe the muscle compartments of the upper and lower limbs, and determine how these muscles act on joints to produce movement.
  • Know the components of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and describe how they work together to oxygenate blood.
  • Identify the organs and structures of the gastrointestinal system and discuss their functions in the digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  • Complete a Final Capstone Project to demonstrate what you’ve learned.
  • Learn how anatomy and physiology prepare you for careers in medicine, research, forensic science, and more.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University.

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Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Capstone Project

All online courses culminate in a Final Capstone Project that allows you to:

  • Use what you’ve learned to design an informational pamphlet that will be given to patients who are undergoing diabetic treatment.
  • Utilize topics drawn from each of the modules in the pamphlet’s creation.


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed.
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your Final Capstone Project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible learning format through video lessons. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20-30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

July 7 - August 4

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

Type: Enrichment

July 7 - July 21

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

Type: Enrichment

July 14 - July 28

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 7, 2024

Type: Enrichment

Course Designed by Georgetown University Faculty

Elise Orellana | Anatomy and Physiology Professor | Georgetown University

Elise R. Orellana, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology

As an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University's School of Medicine, Dr. Orellana is the co-director of Medical Gross Anatomy and teaches in medical, special masters, and biochemistry graduate curricula. She has interests in using technology to aid learning, and is currently developing a dissection video series and an anatomy mobile app.

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The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.