Principles of Forensic Medicine 3


Elective Course
Credits: 3

This elective course is designed for students who wish to master advanced topics in Forensic Pathology. The course closely follows a medical school-type academic curriculum and is geared toward students who may be interested in pursuing a career as a medical examiner, a research scientist, laboratory manager or a director of operations within a laboratory-based facility. The course is taught on an organ-based system and explores diseases of the heart, lungs, nervous system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, genito-urinary system, hematopoietic system and musculo-skeletal system. An in-depth discussion of anatomical abnormalities and anomalies is scheduled for the final module.


Course Objectives: 

  • Identify histologically the different organ tissues of the body
  • Identify normal human tissue from tissue that is diseased or has traumatic injury
  • Distinguish between organs that have an infective process and organs affected by cancer
  • Diagnosed common diseases using histology and associated laboratory studies
  • Be confident in requesting additional tests in order to reach a logical diagnosis


  • Module 1: Cardiovascular System Diseases
  • Module 2: Central Nervous System Diseases
  • Module 3: Respiratory System Diseases
  • Module 4: Gastrointestinal System Diseases
  • Module 5: Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Diseases
  • Module 6: Genito-Urinary System Diseases
  • Module 7: Endocrine System Diseases
  • Module 8: Musculo-Skeletal System Diseases
  • Module 9: Hematopoietic Systemic Diseases
  • Module 10: Anatomical Abnormalities and Anomalies