The course is designed for graduate students training for a career in biomedical research. The goal of the course will be to expand and extend the student’s knowledge of normal structure and function, into the realm of disease processes. The course also provides a foundation for understanding the medical science literature.
Modern pathology is practiced as both a clinical and an investigative science. Clinical pathology assists in disease diagnoses, based on observed changes in tissue structure or biochemistry, while the focus of investigative pathology is the elucidation of the underlying mechanisms related to tissue injury and disease processes. Lectures and laboratories are used to present the major subdivisions of general pathology: cellular adaptations, tissue injury and renewal, neoplasia, environmental and nutritional pathology, and pediatric disorders.