This course is designed for students pursuing a career in nursing or other health related fields. Students are introduced to concepts related to mechanisms of the disease process. Foundational concepts of inflammation, immunity, infection and neoplastic alterations are applied to each body system. The relationship of signs and symptoms to specific diseases are discussed. Students will become familiar with terminology directly associated with disease process; i.e., etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, etc. Disease concepts will include specific applications throughout life span, including developmental and genetic alterations. Effects of aging are explained. Students will identify common diagnostic and treatment modalities.