Course Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from HS 320 to PUBH 320. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


This is an introductory course exploring human disease. The course will be taught using the same model used in medical schools and physician assistant training. A heavy emphasis will be placed on the description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of major diseases of each body system. The class will prepare you to apply appropriate knowledge in a variety of healthcare fields or future medical training.

Note: Since this course explores diseases of the human body, some lessons will include content related to sexual performance and/or genitalia. Thank you for reviewing and discussing these topics respectfully and professionally. Any lesson which contains such content will have a notice at the beginning of the weekly introduction page so if there are children near when you are studying, you will be able to take proper precautions. 


Required Resources

The course materials are available in the Course Materials List.

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Resource Title and Description
(books, software, etc.)
Author or Provider Edition or Volume 13-Digit ISBN (if applicable)
Diseases of the Human Body. You may use either the physical book or the e-book for this course.  Tamparo, C., and Lewis, M 6th The ISBN of the physical book is 978-0803644519. The ISBN of the e-book is 978-0803644519.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instruction on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article.


Course Outcomes (CO)

  1. Identify critical aspects of the disease process
  2. Distinguish relevant signs/symptoms
  3. Formulate a treatment plan based on a diagnosis
  4. Construct prevention strategies
  5. Determine how pathogens cause disease
  6. Recognize how non-communicable diseases are contracted
  7. Summarize the procedures for detecting, diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions.

Activity Due Date* Description
Introduction Midweek Introduction to the week's category of diseases.
Case Study Midweek Practice diagnosing a case study.
Study Group Midweek Discussion: case study, diagnosis, and treatment plan.
Tests End of the Week Practice quiz in odd weeks, exams in even weeks.

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model Architecture


As you complete preparation activities, you will prime your mind to learn and to teach others. In this course, you will prepare to learn and teach by reading the weekly introduction and material, announcements, and introductory cases. These documents will create the correct paradigm for the week. You will then be ready to study the assigned textbook section.

Teach One Another

Teaching your classmates gives you, a prepared student, the opportunity to act for yourself, and to develop a deeper understanding of the course materials. You will have the opportunity to study with your fellow classmates each week. In Week 01, you will sign up with a group. In Weeks 02 through 13, you will work with your group to diagnose case studies and formulate treatment plans, elements crucial to future career positions in the medical field.

This is a 300 level class. This means you should start reading from current, reputable sources of medical information such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health, American Heart Association, World Health Organization, etc., not just a news article or WebMD. Peer-reviewed journal articles are the best for staying current in your field. To encourage you to start acting like a professional in the health care field, a bonus point can be earned by sharing links to reputable sources of medical information relating to the diseases you are studying each week.

Ponder and Prove

You will extend and help solidify your learning by pondering and proving new knowledge and by showing evidence you can differentiate between various diseases. One means of doing this, through a real-world application, is the case study activities during each week. You will also ponder and prove your learning through the completion of quizzes and exams throughout the semester.



PUBH 320 is a 3 credit course and BYU-Idaho recommends scheduling 3–4 hours per week for each credit. The course was designed for an average student to spend 9–12 hours each week to successfully complete the course work. Please arrange your schedule and reserve ample time for your studies. It is also expected for you to complete your work in a timely manner and put forth your best effort.

Week Topic Exam or Quiz
1 Getting Started quiz
2 Infectious and Communicable Diseases exam
3 Congenital Diseases quiz
4 Mental Health exam
5 Skin Diseases quiz
6 Musculoskeletal Diseases exam
7 Nervous System Diseases quiz
8 Endocrine System Diseases exam
9 Cardiovascular Diseases quiz
10 Respiratory Diseases exam
11 Digestive System Diseases quiz
12 Reproductive System Diseases exam
13 Eye and Ear Diseases quiz
14 Urinary Systems Diseases and Disorders exam


Every other week contains an exam. It is imperative you study the materials each week thoroughly: Take notes and review your notes. It is also highly recommended you follow the suggestions on the document named How To Succeed in PUBH 320 found in the Student Resource module in order to do well on the tests. The overwhelming majority of your grade, approximately 75%, is determined by your test scores. Again, study the material each week thoroughly and follow the suggestions in the How to Succeed in PUBH 320 document to ensure you are prepared for each test. You may not use notes on the exams. You may not use the textbook on exams.

The final exam is not comprehensive.

The final exam (Test 07) is due midweek of Week 14.

Case Studies

Each week contains a case study. The case studies will not only help you to extend your learning and apply your knowledge of the diseases but will also help you develop the key skill of critically evaluating a health situation. It is important to learn to ask the right questions and determine which information is crucial in order to reach a correct diagnosis.

Before you study the diseases presented in a week, complete the introductory cases activity to help you focus on critical evaluation of each case study, and prepare to learn about new diseases. Discuss the case studies with your study group and review them on your own to ensure you understand each disease. If you still have questions about a case study after learning about the diseases, ask your instructor.

Group Work

It is beneficial to have a study group and review each week with your study group. The icebreaker discussion board is set up to help you find classmates who are in similar time zones or could meet at similar times.

Weekly Zoom meetings with your study group is a great time to practice writing case studies and diagnosing case studies, an important skill needed in the health care industry.

Because this course stretches across all time zones it isn't always feasible to form a study group with members of this course. Please feel free to form study groups with colleagues and family members. Teaching others what you have learned is a great study strategy.

Late Work

You are preparing for a career as a health professional. Submitting work after the deadline has passed is not a professional practice; therefore, late work will not be accepted in this course.

Extra Credit

To successfully pass this course, you need to learn the diseases prevented each week and the seven key objectives of each disease. Extra credit may be offered on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.


About 25% of your semester grade will be earned by completing the assignments in the introduction week, taking the practice quizzes, and participating in the discussion boards throughout the semester. About 75% of your semester grade will be earned from test scores.

The grading scale used for this course is as follows:

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100% - 93%
A- 92% - 90%
B+ 89% - 87%
B 86% - 83%
B- 82% - 80%
C+ 79% - 77%
C 76% - 73%
C- 72% - 70%
D+ 69% - 67%
D 66% - 63%
D- 62% - 60%
F 59% and lower

Plan for Success

If you want to succeed in this course, you must figure out how you will do the work and how you will stay on schedule. Doing this will help you avoid situations in which you might be tempted to violate the Honor Code and cheat. There are three basic things you must do to succeed in this course: do the work, stay on schedule, and follow the Honor Code.

If you do those three things, described in more detail below, you will not only get a passing grade for the course, but you will have an excellent educational experience.

1. Do the Work

This is a rigorous course. To get a passing grade, you will have to put forth a good deal of effort to complete all of the assignments. You will have a very difficult time completing these assignments if you do them at the same time as you watch TV, cook food, talk to friends, or scroll social media.

Set aside sufficient time to do the work throughout the week (you can't do it all in one night!), and you must find a place to do the work where you will not be distracted, by anything or anyone. Then, you must commit to focus your attention on the work and do your very best to complete it in the amount of time you have scheduled. If you do this, you will be more efficient in your learning, have better retention, and you will find the work much more pleasurable.

2. Stay on Schedule

Once you have set up a regular study schedule, keep it. One of the biggest problems students have with their courses is they procrastinate doing the work. They put it off until they have so much work to do they cannot figure out a way to get it all done before the due date arrives. In this course, you cannot do this and still expect to receive a passing grade. You will learn a new category of diseases every week. If you put off doing studying until the end of the week, you will find it much more difficult to learn. To succeed in this class, you will have to follow your regular study schedule every week to ensure you do your best work and that it gets done on time.

3. Follow the Honor Code

Although there are several types of group learning activities in every lesson, this course requires a lot of individual study and work. In particular, most assignments involving a case study and quiz are meant to be learning activities you complete on your own. If you decide to work with others to try and find all the quiz answers without needing to do all the assigned work, you are not only cheating yourself out of an education, you are cheating your way to a failing grade.

There are other assignments throughout the course to recall information or use skills you should have developed as you completed the learning activities. If you don't do the work, and you try to cheat your way to higher quiz grades, you will hinder your ability to complete these other assignments. Most likely, you will fail those assignments. So, do yourself and others a favor and do not cheat on any assignments, no matter how tempting it might be. Instead, renew your commitment to follow the BYU-Idaho Honor Code, double your efforts to do the work, and follow your study schedule.

From the parable of the Ten Virgins, we learn the five wise virgins had brought oil but they could not share their oil (which represents preparedness) with the five foolish virgins. You need to prepare yourself by doing your own work. 

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Other Expectations


You can expect your instructor to respond to your email within 24 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays. You can also expect your instructor will grade your submitted work within seven calendar days of the assignment due date. If you ever have a question about your grade or would like additional feedback, simply contact your instructor for assistance.


Netiquette is internet etiquette, or acceptable social behavior when using the Internet. Remember, there is a real person on the other side of your computer screen. You should always treat others courteously. Behavior such as calling someone a derogatory name, making threats, or being demanding is always inappropriate. Treat your classmates and your instructor in a respectful and professional manner just as you would if you were seeing them face to face. This counsel applies to any type of communication including discussion board posts, emails, participating in a video conference, or any other method of communication.

Netiquette guidelines also include the following:

  • Use correct spelling and punctuation instead of abbreviations, text language, or slang. Using conventional spelling and punctuation will help make your meaning clear to others.
  • Don't use all capital letters. When you use all capital letters, it looks like you're yelling at someone and it is considered to be rude. (For example, ALL CAPITAL LETTERS LOOKS LIKE YELLING).
  • It is important you ask your classmates and instructors as questions arise. Remember, in an online course, you and your instructor will often be working in the course at different times. Therefore, you need to ask your questions well ahead of due dates in order to allow sufficient time for your instructor to respond. When you ask questions, be specific and include a reference to the lesson content or assignment in question.

By using common courtesy and showing respect to your classmates and instructors as you practice the netiquette behavior explained above, you will be a better disciple of the Savior and have a far better online learning experience as you help establish a safe learning environment for everyone.


Course-specific tutoring options for online students taking PUBH 320 are available through the Academic Support Centers (look for the Tutoring Center Online Tutoring section). Visit their webpage for more information.


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