This course introduces anatomy and physiology relevant to the clinical practice of medical assistants. The course explores the structural organization of the human body, including body systems and terminology used to describe body structure. An overview of disease concepts, diagnostic imaging, and principles of pharmacology is included. The course encourages the student to demonstrate critical thinking based on knowledge of academic subject matter required for competence in the medical assisting profession. This course is the first course of a two-semester sequence. Individual body systems are studied in MAP-555 Human Body in Health and Disease II.