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This subject provides students with an insight into how medical problems are approached in the 21st century. Students spend 5-6 hours addressing each of six “maladies”, selected to demonstrate the holistic nature of medical practice and the integration of biomedical research into the development of novel diagnostics and evidence-based therapies.
Each module includes elements of normal anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology and the pathology of disease, including any genetic, microbiological, immunological, and inflammatory processes that underpin the pathology. Finally, the public health implications of the malady are considered wherever possible.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, students should:
- Explain why the treatment of complex diseases requires a multidisciplinary and holistic approach;
- Discuss how an understanding of the biological bases of selected diseases leads to precise diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities;
- Describe the molecular, cellular and physiological bases of selected diseases; and
- Apply a theoretical framework to the systematic study of complex diseases.
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- the ability to investigate and interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases;
- the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines;
- the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer;
- the ability to communicate scientific knowledge.
Last updated: 10 November 2023