Basic Human Pathology

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course intends to give Master and PhD students with a non-medical background an introduction to human pathology. It is divided in three parts, starting with an overview of general pathological tissue processes such as cell injury, inflammation and repair. The second part of the course concentrates on biological and genetic mechanisms behind cancer development. In the third part, diseases of specific organ systems are discussed with an emphasis on tumours. The course will be useful for all students conducting research on aspects of human biology, in particular those with cancer-related projects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course unit, the student should comprehend the general principles of disease and of biological and genetic processes involved in cancer development. The student should also be able to describe the most important diseases of selected organs.

Level of Study

Master, PhD

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge


Eligibility for Master or PhD training in human biology (cell biology or human physiology) at the University of Bergen. The course may also be of interest for biology/molecular biology/pharmacy students. The course gives no credits for students with a degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

Recommended previous knowledge:

Basic knowledge of human biology and molecular biology.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 4 hours a week, 6,5 weeks in total.

Exam colloquium: 2 hours

Total: 28 hours total

Forms of Assessment
Written exam, INSPERA, 3 hours.
Reading List

Selected chapters from Kumar, Abbas, Aster:

Robbins Basic Pathology, 10th Ed., 2018, 935 pp.,

Elsevier, ISBN 9780323480543

(9th Edition will also be fine. Just be aware that chapter and page numbering is somewhat different)

Examination Support Material