Skagit Valley College

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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:    2018

 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. Disease prevention and lifestyle for health.


Prerequisite: AHE 106 or equivalent with minimum C grade and 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 human disease processes related to common disorders associated with specific body systems, life stages, conditions and disorders.
  2. Summarize medical conditions associated with specific systems of the human body using the standard format:
    • Description. Etiology. signs and symptoms.
    • Diagnostic procedures. Treatment. Prognosis.
    • Prevention. Cultural influences.
  3. Contrast and compare congenital and genetic conditions, neoplasms, and infectious diseases.
  4. Explain nutritional requirements and dietary recommendations for medical conditions associated with specific disorders and lifespan to patients.
  5. Teach patients methods of health promotion and disease prevention including nutritional recommendations for health maintenance.
  6. Locate, identify and use reliable medical references, print materials, and electronic sources.

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.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

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. Integrative Medicine and Complimentary Therapies.
  2. Pain and its Management. Infectious and Communicable Diseases.
  3. Cancer. Congenital Diseases and Disorders.
  4. Mental Health Diseases and Disorders. Skin Diseases and Disorders.
  5. Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders. Nervous System Diseases and Disorders.
  6. Endocrine System Diseases and Disorders. Cardiovascular and Lymphatic System Diseases and Disorders.
  7. Respiratory System Diseases and Disorders. Digestive System Diseases and Disorders.
  8. Urinary System Diseases and Disorders. Reproductive System Diseases and Disorders.
  9. Eye and Ear Diseases and Disorders. Nutrition and Disease Management.
  10. Disease Prevention. Lifespan Changes and Disease.