The department of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Jordan University of Science and Technology was initially established as a separate department in 1988 and was later combined with the division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The department provides medical and paramedical students with a fundamental base of understanding in Physiology and Biochemistry necessary to understand the homeostasis of organ body systems at the organ and cellular levels. It also investigates how disruption of these homeostatic mechanisms contributes to disease pathogenesis. To achieve the above educational goals, the department offers undergraduate as well as graduate level courses in Physiology, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
In the academic year 2003-2004, the department designed and implemented two new programs. One Program leads to obtaining and MSc degree in Physiology and another one leads to an MSc degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Students enrolled in these programs need to pass 25 credit hours of course work in addition to 9 credit hours for a thesis/research project.
Staff members of the department conduct research work in cardiovascular and gastrointestinal physiology and the molecular genetics of chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes and cancer. Research in the department is both basic and translational in nature and employs cell based experimental model systems as well as epidemiological population based studies. Research activities in the department are primarily funded through intramural grants awarded by the Deanship of Research at Jordan University of Science and Technology and driven by an active MSc program.