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Human Pathology


Admission requirements

Biomedical Sciences courses “Humane Biologie”, “Biomoleculen”, “Cellulaire Communicatie”, “Immunology”, Medical Genetics and “Physiology, Basic and Advanced Concepts” or equivalent courses.


This module is an introduction to general pathology and covers five multidisciplinary themes:

  • general pathology

  • gross anatomy of organ systems;

  • mesenchymal differentiation and pathology of bone;

  • pathology of hereditary cancer

  • nephropathology (nephrosclerosis);

All themes focus on the understanding of pathological processes (etiology, pathogenesis and morphology), and on methodology. The themes are introduced by a macroscopic, microscopic and molecular demonstration of the anatomy of the organ system involved. In addition, clinical conferences can be attended (optional study elements). Biomedical research is indispensable for appropriate diagnosis and therapy, it is important to appreciate the position of the biomedical scientist in health care.

Course objectives

The student:

  • Recognizes, names and describes changes (morphological, structural and molecular alterations) in tissue specimens.

  • Recognizes or deduces the cause of a disease (etiology).

  • Describes pathological processes (pathogenesis) that cause clinical signs and symptoms

  • Recognizes and indicates intervention points for (future) therapy.

  • Indicates actual research subjects regarding the diseases which were subject in the course.

  • Comprehends the functional and anatomical relationships of organ systems

  • Has obtained communication skills that allow them to write and present coherently and convincingly while taking into account modern presentation and writing principles

  • Is able to express and defend one's opinion and connect this to or appreciate opinions of others in discussion


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, work groups, practicals, a journal club, a mini-research symposium, (computer-aided) tutorials and (audio guided) visit to the Anatomical Museum.

Assessment method

Multiple choice and open questions.

Reading list

Required, the latest edition of the following books:

  • V. Kumar et al. Robbins and Cotran Pathological Basis of Disease.

  • K.L. Moore et al. Clinically Oriented Anatomy.

  • B. Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell.


To participate in workgroups and exams students must register with uSis.