The department was initially established as a separate department within the Faculty of Medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1988. However, it was later joined by the division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in a joint department. The department currently offers several core courses in Physiology, Pathophysiology and Physio-Anatomy to students from the faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Medical Health and Engineering. It also offers a course in Molecular Genetics and another course in Biochemistry for Medical and Dental students. Staff members from the department are also involved in teaching Physiology/Clinical Biochemistry lectures as a component of a modular based syllabus offered to Medical students during their second and third years. The department also offers several advanced graduate levels courses in Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. These courses are offered to MSc students enrolled in basic Medical Science graduate programs.
Faculty members of the department have a strong track record of publications in the fields of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal physiology and the molecular genetics of hematological disorders. More recently, several staff members established a multidisciplinary, collaborative research program with members of the department of Public Health and the department of Pharmacology. The above program aims to investigate the role of diet, life style, inflammation and reactive oxygen species in modifying the risk of several chronic diseases including obesity, cancer, diabetes, PCOS and PTSD. Research from the department have appeared in several high impact journals including; Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Research, Nature Reviews Urology, Journal of Inflammation Research and BMC Genetics.
Leadership and community service outcomes:
Since the establishment of the department, several staff members significantly contributed to the administration and leadership of national educational institutions. For example, the department includes previous deans of the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Sciences and current members of the board of trustees of national educational institutions.