Why is communication so important inside the human body?

Find out how different parts of the body communicate with each other.

This course will show you how our body’s communication system works, and how individual components produce energy.

What you’ll study

You’ll learn about the key energy pathways used inside the body, and how different elements communicate effectively.

You’ll find out about the biomolecules involved in communication, and the role of endocrinology and immunology.

You’ll understand how the body regulates itself and improve your knowledge of disease development and prevention.

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • How does the body produce energy?
  • Why is communication important in the body?
  • The key communication pathways used by the body.
  • Biomolecules used in communication.
  • How the body regulates itself.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain the importance of communication between different components of the body.
  • Describe the role of endocrinology and immunology within the body.
  • Classify and describe the key molecules involved in endocrinological and immunological processes.
  • Describe the importance of homeostasis and synthesise examples of when and how this process is used in the body.
  • Describe the key pathways involved in energy production.

How you’ll study

What Drives the Body? is a three-week short course, delivered entirely online via FutureLearn. You can study anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

The course is delivered by academics and health researchers from our Institute of Applied Health Sciences. It features a range of online resources, including videos, articles, discussion and quizzes.

Study hours

You’ll spend around four hours per week on this course.

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

This course is part of our online Understanding the Body programme.

The credits you earn from successfully completing this programme and assessment could help you gain entry to our:

Build your learning

The programme could also help you prepare for one of our online Applied Health short courses.

If you’re keen to learn more about the human body:

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