Anatomy & Physiology

About Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy is the study of the function of organs and tissue structures in the human body, animals and other organisms, while Physiology is focuses on the biomedical sphere or living systems generally. Studies in Physiology and Anatomy may lead to work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries as clinical research associates, research scientists, or pharmacologists.


Professionals who work in the anatomy and physiology field deal with the body and its parts and functions. Studies include topics ranging from the human evolution, stem cell development, genetics and biodiversity and the dissection of a human body.

Studying anatomy provides these professionals with the fundamental backdrop of how the human body should work, and what it may mean when it’s not working at its best. Professionals investigate the functioning of organ/body systems to diagnose abnormalities, and find ways to restore function and/or reduce disabling consequences to the patient.

A wide range professions ranging from pharmacology and forensic science to numerous scientific careers are the available options, such as:

  • Veterinarians
  • Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Medical Scientists
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Biological Technicians
  • Chiropractors
  • Epidemiologists

Understanding anatomy allows the Physiology graduate to recognize the normal or abnormal appearance of organs. In this field, healthcare science staff use specialist equipment, advanced technologies and a range of different procedures in the course of their work to evaluate the functioning of different body systems, and to direct and even provide therapeutic intervention and long-term management and care.

Most careers in physiological can be found in hospital clinics and departments or as part of a surgical team. Some work in the community, visiting patients in their homes or in schools. The working areas include the following:

  • Audiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Cardiac Scientist
  • Brewery Technician
  • Dietician/Nutritionist
  • Echocardiographer
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Industry Specialist
  • Food Technologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Microbiologist
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