Biomedical Science

Pathology and Basics in Histopathology

Lecture, 5.00 ECTS


Course content

Definition of terms (illness, signs of illness, basic terminology of epidemiology), course and causes of disease, pathological cell and tissue changes; pathogenesis, morphological changes, clinical specialties, diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities of selected areas such as the heart and circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, the pancreas, the urinary tract, the reproductive organs, the breast, the placenta and pregnancy.

Learning outcomes

The students have knowledge about the causes of illnesses and know about causes and effects of anomalous cell and tissue structures and functions in the organism. They know about the application of cell diagnostics in cancer prevention programmes as well as in the presurgical and postal-surgical diagnostics. They know the morphology of physiological and pathological cell pictures and can connect them to the corresponding clinical pictures. The students know criteria and procedures of a representative cell collection, preparation and detection techniques as well as screening-methods. They know the principle of obtaining test results, cytological terminology and their use. They can carry this out independently by taking all necessary measures of quality assurance as well as document the investigation results with the available technologies assess their medical validity and combine the findings of different departments.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Roessner, Pfeifer (2008): Allgemeine Pathologie und Grundlagen der Speziellen Pathologie Fladerer, Pokieser, Grimm (2014): Gynäkologische Zytologie
Freudenberg, Kortsik, Ross (2002): Grundlagen der Zytopathologie
Haider (2014): Lehrbuch der Allgemeinen Pathologie

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

medical basics

Assessment methods and criteria

test at the end of the course