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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:5 / 7.5
Course supervisor:Māra Pilmane
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Dentistry
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Histology and Cytology


To develop general and specific understanding of human cells, tissues (epithelial, connective, muscle and nerve tissues) and structure of organs, especially those of head, face and neck (oral cavity, including tongue, teeth, lips, salivary glands, and sense organs). Understanding the necessity of this knowledge in practical work of dentists will be developed and a positive attitude towards this difficult subject will be created.
Course description: the concept of all the differentiated organ structures in the human body (gastrointestinal, immune and haematopoietic, heart and blood vessels, neuroendocrine, respiratory, urinary, reproductive), their structural aging changes, and of connection between the above mentioned structures and those of face, jaw and neck.


Cytology. It is advisable to acquire biology, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry simultaneously.

Learning outcomes


Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to describe the cell structure of the differentiated body tissue and organs; indicate correlations between the face, jaw and neck structures and those of different body tissue and organs; explain aging changes of structures; distinguish the role of histology in cases of different changes in teeth and jaw, and face structures.


Students will be able to:
• identify face, jaw and neck structures in routinely stained histological slides;
• differentiate main tissue groups in histological schemes;
• work with special literature, record, describe and display prepared histological specimens;
• prepare reports and give presentations on issues of histology.


Students will be able to recognise embryonic tissue and organ morphology and structure in clinical specimens and pictures of the science of morphology. They will be able to distinguish between healthy and pathological tissues particularly in oral mucosa and tooth structure. The students will be able to evaluate the quality and methods of specimens and the way they might be used in clinic.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, SSNSFz2Master’sRequiredMārtiņš Vaivads
Dentistry, SSNSF1Master’sRequiredMārtiņš Vaivads
Dentistry, ZF1Master’sRequiredMārtiņš Vaivads
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, SSNSF2Master’sRequiredMārtiņš Vaivads
Dentistry, SSNSFz1Master’sRequiredMārtiņš Vaivads
Dentistry, ZF2Master’sRequiredMārtiņš Vaivads