The Human Body

Adults are increasingly aware of their need to learn how to transform their habits and lifestyles based on scientific evidence and to meet the health requirements of their age and health situations. This course series will provide opportunities for adults to learn about the human body and impacts to its health, including the biology- and chemistry-based science of food.

Learning about the human body requires space, time, and informed educators to provide current science and guide group discussions. Ryerson University’s Biology and Chemistry faculty deliver the science content and subject matter experts provide a synthesis of the content with current scientific findings, while also ensuring a high level of engagement and participation in group discussions.

Each course in the series will explore the science of the human body and how one can use food science to make informed and healthy choices as he or she progresses through life. The courses will provide students with the knowledge and skill sets helpful in gaining or enhancing critical understanding of the human body.

For more information about the course series, visit Course Series in the Human Body.

Program Design

Teaching methods will include readings, experiential activities, moderated group discussions, online audio/video presentations, and case studies. Focus will be placed on a very high level of engagement and participation.

The course series will be offered in various formats, including intensive evening offerings. The flexibility of formats will make this course series accessible to working individuals and suitable for all members of the community.

Learning Outcomes

Adults who complete this course series will have gained an in-depth knowledge of subjects such as:

  • Analyzing the essentials of the science of food, including scientific currency regarding protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fibre for the adult human body and ideal customized diets that meet individual needs.
  • Assessing nutrient needs for the adult human body at all stages of life and how to make informed choices based on scientific studies.
  • Preparing and using tools to record information in order to manage a future sudden health shock to the human body.
  • Experiencing practice in applying knowledge of the human body and health skills.
  • Research related to the human body and its systems, including tissues, cells, and the structure and function of macromolecules, all in support of critical thinking on adult health issues.
  • Research related to the complexity of the human anatomy and physiology, including comprehension of the integumentary system and defense mechanisms.
  • Sourcing information on the complexity of the human anatomy and physiology, including comprehension of the integumentary system, defense mechanisms; cardiovascular, lymphatic, and respiratory systems; exercise; skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, digestive, and urinary systems; and the senses, as applied to individual health issues.
  • Interacting with others on health issues in a group setting.

Our Students

The course series will be of interest to adults of all ages, including:

  • individuals who are curious about life skills as they progress through the adult stages of life;
  • young adults who would like to equip themselves with practical human body literacy;
  • individuals who care for spouses, family members, or friends; and/or
  • individuals in the media who want to augment their existing human body literacy.

Admission and Registration

There are no admission requirements for the Course Series in the Human Body. All courses are open admission.

For more information

For program-specific information, please contact Costin Antonescu, Academic Coordinator, Biology, at cantonescu@ryerson.ca, or Noel George, Academic Coordinator, Chemistry, at n3george@ryerson.ca. You may also contact Anne-Marie Brinsmead, Program Director of Engineering, Architecture and Science, at a2brinsm@ryerson.ca.