Undergrad pathology

The undergraduate years represent a critical time in the development of our future scientists and medical researchers. For most, lectures and practical sessions will provide many students with their first encounter into the world of medical research. The Central Clinical School is committed to providing undergraduate students with a basic understanding of Human Pathology and is currently expanding its contribution to undergraduate teaching at Monash University. Staff at the Central Clinical School participate in the delivery of lectures, practical classes and tutorials for Human Pathology. For more information on completing Human Pathology units, please see the Handbook.

Human Pathology 1, Understanding Disease Processes HUP 3011:

HUP3011 introduces students to basic pathology, i.e. the biological foundations upon which diseases are characterised, the way their progress is understood, and the consequences of pathological alterations upon normal tissue and organ function. The concepts of tissue injury and cell death, inflammation, haematopathology, disorders of immunity, disorders of cell growth, neoplasia and the pathology of infectious diseases are presented. The mechanisms for pathological processes are reviewed together with how these processes cause disease by overcoming normal regulatory controls. Principles will be illustrated by reference to specific diseases but will be applicable across all systems. This approach will provide students with an understanding of the terminologies applicable to pathology and an appreciation of the causes and natural progress of human diseases.

Human Pathology 2, Pathology of Human Diseases HUP 3022:

HUP3022 introduces students to a systemic approach to pathology ie the diseases of organ systems. In HUP 3022 organ systems will be addressed in turn and will include the important diseases of each. These will include ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, leukaemia, carcinomas of the breast, lung and colon, inflammatory diseases of the lung, kidney and liver and diseases of the nervous system. The aetiology, clinical presentation, treatment and course of the diseases will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on molecular and genetic aspects of disease pathogenesis. Laboratory investigations will be presented to provide an integrated approach to the diagnosis of specific diseases.

Undergrad pathology 2

Human Pathology Research in Action HUP3990:

HUP3990 is a mini-honours which can be undertaken during Semester 1, Semester 2  or during the Summer Semester. We have a wide range of research projects to select from. The projects are conducted at the various Departments of the Central Clinical School located at The Alfred Hospital.

HUP3390 gives the students an opportunity to conduct real medical research in the host laboratory. This is beneficial in gaining laboratory and work experience skills in a hospital environment, conducting in depth research into a specific human disease, and getting a feel for a career in medical research and related areas.

Please contact Dr Steven Petratos for any information regarding the Human Pathology Undergraduate Program above including queries regarding prerequisites. steven.petratos@monash.edu

Human Pathology Honours

Honours level study can also be conducted in Human Pathology.