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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Valda Staņēviča
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Paediatrics


This course aims to strengthen and expand the knowledge on the development of a healthy child from birth until 18 years of age, on most common diseases in childhood, as well as to acquire the necessary skills and attitude for medical work with children.
• Physical, emotional and social health of a child;
• Physiology and most common pathologies of the neonatal period;
• Most common pathologies in infancy, preschool and school-aged children;
• Structural and functional peculiarities of organ systems (digestive, respiratory, endocrine, urogenital, cardiovascular, joint and connective tissue, haematopoietic) in children, as well as most common pathologies;
• Principles of infectious disease control in childcare facilities and hospital;
• Principles of rational antibacterial therapy in children;
• Parenteral rehydration in children;
• Health promotion of children.


Knowledge in the disciplines of humanitarian and social studies, which develop skills of critical and creative thinking, comprehension of a human as a living being and its role in society.
Foreign languages (Latvian, Russian, English or German, Latin).
Knowledge of propaedeutics of paediatrics, pharmacology, pathological physiology, microbiology, internal diseases, skin diseases, infectious diseases, basics of paediatrics, paediatric infectious diseases.

Learning outcomes


The acquired knowledge will enable students to describe the childhood illnesses in terms of prevalence and priorities, to state and explain facts on risk factors, primary prophylaxis, morphology, aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment methods, including the aspects of clinical pharmacology, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, intensive care, and secondary prophylaxis in paediatrics.


To collect data on patient’s main complaints and anamnesis;
To perform physical examination on a patient by palpation, percussion, and auscultation;
Detection and evaluation of peripheral pulse, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure according to the particular clinical situation, and connection of the findings to the overall investigation process;
To apply argumentation, logic and rhetoric skills in analysis and discussion of clinical situations, in solving particular clinical tasks and reaching the goals in professional development;
Ability to communicate with patients, their relatives, colleagues, and other healthcare personnel;
Ability to improve one’s communication skills, respecting different levels of knowledge and experience, traditions, cultural practices, and personality types;
To write prescriptions of different forms of medication.


Integration of the knowledge in morphology and homeostasis in evaluation of a person’s health status, formulation of diagnosis, and providing an individualized plan for treatment and care of a patient.
Interpretation of laboratory tests in context of a clinical situation, and connecting the results to the overall investigation process.
Comparison of signs of pathology with normal parameters of homeostasis and morphology, recognition of symptoms, providing explanation of pathophysiology, formulation of diagnosis and differential diagnosis, evaluation of likelihood of most common complications, making prognosis on the course and outcome of the disease.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, MF11Master’sRequiredIngūna Lubaua, Gunta Laizāne, Valda Staņēviča, Sergejs Ņikuļšins, Elizabete Cebura, Roberts Lovčinovskis, Iveta Dzīvīte-Krišāne, Elīna Aleksejeva, Zanda Pučuka, Sandra Derkevica, Ieva Puķīte, Jevgēnija Petruhina, Jurgita Gailite, Ilze Grope, Ineta Grantiņa, Pauls Sīlis, Žanna Kovaļova, Dace Zavadska, Zane Dāvidsone, Kristīne Lukjanoviča
Medicine, SSNMFz12Master’sRequiredIngūna Lubaua, Žanna Kovaļova, Zanda Pučuka, Sergejs Ņikuļšins, Pauls Sīlis, Jurgita Gailite, Jevgēnija Petruhina, Sandra Derkevica, Zane Dāvidsone, Elīna Aleksejeva, Elizabete Cebura, Gunta Laizāne, Ilze Grope, Ieva Puķīte, Dace Zavadska, Iveta Dzīvīte-Krišāne, Inga Ziemele, Liene Čupāne, Kristīne Lukjanoviča
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF12Master’sRequired