Health Information Management

Pathophysiology for the Health Sciences Course



The Pathophysiology for the Health Sciences course provides a thorough overview of the concepts of disease processes. Students will learn about a broad spectrum of diseases, from a systems perspective.

This course is designed for anyone wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of human pathophysiology – the study of disease – and those wishing to enter fields related to healthcare or health information. This course is eligible for exemption for those accepted to CHA Learning’s Health Information Management (HIM) program.

This course is appropriate for those requiring a minimum Grade 12 science credit for entry into the Health Information Management Program.

CHA Learning suggests taking Anatomy & Physiology prior to or at the same time as the Pathophysiology course. This is not mandatory, but recommended. This course can also be taken at the same time as Medical Terminology.

Why Take This Course?

  • Self-directed course delivered entirely online
  • Enrol anytime
  • Approximately 150 hours of learning, to be completed in up to 12 months
  • Course material comes from CHA Learning’s Health Information Management (HIM) program and eligible for an exemption in the full program
  • Supported by faculty

Required Textbook

The required textbook must be purchased independently by the student, it is not included in the tuition price.

Book title: Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 6th Edition (2018) authored by Hubert, R.J. & VanMeter, K.C.

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:



  • Approximately 150 hours
  • Take up to 12 months to complete, at your own pace

We offer bundle discounts should you wish to enrol in multiple biomedical science courses (Medical Terminology and/or Anatomy & Physiology).

Course LoadBundle DiscountFee
210% Off$1,251
315% Off$1,772

International students, add 15% to the fees

Students must pay a $40 exam fee which covers both the midterm and final exam remote proctoring service.

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply biomedical terms typically encountered in healthcare documentation including pronunciation and spelling
  • Apply medical abbreviations and acronyms found in healthcare documentation with respect to their general meaning
  • Understand the role of risk factors in health and disease
  • Demonstrate the usage of various resources to clarify understanding of medical terms and conditions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structural units of the body including cells, tissues, organ, and body systems
  • Examine the anatomical structures, their location and associated physiological functions, for each tissue, organ, and body system
  • Demonstrate the course of a pathological condition in terms of etiology, clinical manifestations, changes in structure and function, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and prognosis
  • Compare normal and abnormal results of the more common diagnostic interventions
  • Explain types of interventions related to pathological conditions
  • Judge the consistency or inconsistency between the health care professional’s diagnoses and the content of the complete health record
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between body systems or functions and the whole body

The Pathophysiology course is divided into 22 units:

  1. Introduction to Pathophysiology
  2. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances
  3. Pain
  4. Inflammation and Healing
  5. Infection
  6. Immunity
  7. Skin Disorders
  8. Musculoskeletal System Disorders
  9. Nervous System Disorders
  10. Disorders of the Eyes, Ears, and Other Sensory Organs
  11. Endocrine System Disorders
  12. Blood, Circulatory and Lymphatic System Disorders
  13. Cardiovascular System Disorders
  14. Respiratory System Disorders
  15. Digestive System Disorders
  16. Urinary System Disorders
  17. Reproductive System Disorders and Complications of Pregnancy
  18. Neoplasms and Cancer
  19. Introduction to Basic Pharmacology and Other Common Therapies
  20. Congenital and Genetic Disorders
  21. Complications of Adolescence, Aging, Immobility and Associated Problems
  22. Stress, Substance Abuse, Environmental Hazards and Associated Problems

Pathophysiology Course Quick FAQ

  • I’m interested in the Health Information Management Program. Will I be exempt from this course once I’m in the full program?

    Yes, completion of this course means you will not have to take it again in the Health Information Management Program.

  • Is this a comprehensive course?

    Yes, this course covers the structure and function related to all body system. It is a comprehensive course of study equivalent to a full credit/full year college course.

  • Can I use this course for transfer credit to other institutions?

    In some cases, yes. We recommend checking with the other institution prior to enrolling in CHA learning’s course to ensure equivalency.

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