Core Pathology Courses

PATH 501: Foundations of Human Histopathology (2 credits)

An overview of the microscopic anatomy of human tissue and organs in both health and disease. Students with an MD or BLMSc degree (or course equivalent) may be exempt from PATH 501. Please discuss all requests for exemption with the Graduate Advisor.  

Course Objectives:


    • Students will learn the principles behind and practice of histological analysis and its applications in pathology.



By the completion of the course, students will be able to:


    • identify and list histological features of cells and basic tissues that make up our organs including epithelia, connective tissues, nervous tissue, vasculature (heart & lung), lymphoid cells & organs


    • relate the structure and function in cells, tissues and organs and


    • learn to operate a light microscope properly. Students will be introduced to the basic pathological processes of cell injury/necrosis, acute inflammation, wound healing & chronic inflammation, neoplasia (General Pathology) and understand their contribution to diseases encountered in specific tissues/organs (Systems pathology) as well as the student’s own research/project.


PATH 501 SSC Course Schedule Listing | PATH 501 resources

PATH 502: Current Topics in Pathology Research (2 credits)

A series of short lectures accompanied by research paper on various aspects of experimental pathology from expert faculty. The skills required for success in this course are excellence in critical thinking and in communication.  

Course Objectives:


    • Provide students with a strong foundation for critically evaluating scientific literature across a range of pathology research disciplines.


    • Provide students with essential skills in summarizing and communicating research findings as oral presentations.


    • Provide students with the ability to contribute to scientific debate and discussion in a group setting.


PATH 502 SSC Course Schedule Listing | PATH 502 resources

PATH 535/635: Graduate Studies Seminar (GSS) (2 credits)

Students will learn oral and written scientific communication skills and have a venue to practice those skills. This course will also provide an opportunity for graduate students to exchange on their research with peers, and witness the diverse research programs pursued within the department.  

Course Objectives:


    • To expose the students to research in pathology and laboratory medicine conducted by students within the department, to broaden knowledge beyond their own area of expertise.


    • To learn skills to communicate scientific research findings through oral presentations, posters, abstracts, etc.


  • To provide opportunity to apply these skills, to improve presentation, teaching, critical listening, and questioning skills.
  • To develop and apply critical thinking and listening toward the assessment of scientific communication in a manner consistent with scientific peer review.

PATH 535 SSC Course Schedule Listing | PATH 635 SSC Course Schedule Listing | PATH 535 resources & PATH 635 resources