The Department of Pathology has strong links to the education of medical students, medical laboratory science students, and biomedical sciences students.
The first step towards becoming a health professional or medical laboratory scientist, is to enrol in the competitive Health Sciences First Year programme.
Please be aware that the requirements for a Minor in Pathology are ANAT 241, BIOC 221, PATH 201, PATH 301, and PATH 302.
If you are planning to declare a Minor in Pathology, please be aware that both ANAT 241 and BIOC 221 are semester 1 papers. It may be useful to plan these papers for the beginning of your second year.
The Department of Pathology contributes to the teaching of 12 undergraduate papers:
- MICN 201 Medicine Second Year
- MICN 301 Medicine Third Year
- MICN 401 Medicine Fourth Year
- MICN 501 Medicine Fifth Year
- MICN 601 Medicine Sixth Year
- PATH 201 Foundations in Human Pathology
- PATH 301 Applied Pathology
- PATH 302 Cancer Biology
- PHTY 353 Pathology (for BPhty)
- PHCY 315 Human Disease
- MELS 304 Principles of Pathology
- DENT 362 Biomedical Sciences 2
Pathology sits at the centre of medicine. Understanding disease processes is fundamental to the good practice of medicine and communication to patients. The Department teaches into the second, third, fourth, and fifth years of the undergraduate medical degree (MB ChB) at Otago Medical School.
Medical Laboratory Science
Diagnostic laboratories are the powerhouses of modern medicine. They are where diagnoses are made and where patient treatment is monitored. For students with a strong interest in laboratory diagnosis, Medical Laboratory Science is the right choice.
Dentistry, Physiotherapy, and Pharmacy
A strong understanding of the nature of disease is an essential component for all health practitioners. Our teaching to Dentistry, Physiotherapy, and Pharmacy students provides the major principles of Pathology.
Science and Biomedical Science
The Department of Pathology offers popular papers in Pathology for Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) students.
For students studying the science of human disease, the inclusion of Pathology studies provides a content on which the various sciences (molecular biology, physiology, anatomy, microbiology) can be firmly anchored.
As one of the departments with expertise in the genetic base of life and disease, Pathology contributes to teaching in third- and fourth-year Genetics papers.
Learn more about why our students have chosen exciting careers in pathology, and how their studies are going.