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 Course Title:   Medical Disease & Pathology

 Title Abbreviation:   MED DISEASE & PATHOLOGY

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    109

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Overview of the many diseases and conditions affecting the human body. Includes discussions of how cultural perceptions and influences affect medical disease and pathology.


Prerequisite: AHE 106 or equivalent with minimum C grade or department chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss an overview of the human disease process.
  2. Relate the difference between congenital conditions, neoplasms, disease processes and infectious diseases.
  3. Select medical conditions from each system of the human body and discuss them using the following format:
    • Description.
    • Etiology.
    • Signs and symptoms.
    • Diagnostic procedures.
    • Treatment.
    • Prognosis.
    • Prevention.
    • Cultural influences.
  4. Teach patients methods of health promotion and disease prevention.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. The Disease Process.
  2. Infectious Disease.
  3. Congenital Conditions.
  4. Neoplasms.
  5. Urinary System Disease.
  6. Reproduction System Disease.
  7. Digestive System Disease.
  8. Respiratory System Disease.
  9. Circulatory System Disease.
  10. Nervous System Disease.
  11. Endocrine System Disease.
  12. Musculoskeletal System Disease.
  13. Skin Diseases.
  14. Eye and Ear Diseases.
  15. Health Promotion.
  16. Patient information sheets.