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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:10 / 15
Course supervisor:Ilze Štrumfa
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Pathology


1. To ensure the studies in human pathology, covering morphological and functional aspects of general pathological processes and pathogenesis of different diseases. Thus, the course serves as a theoretical basis for further acquisition of clinical courses, developing comprehensively educated doctors. The programme in pathology should provide an integrated understanding of the morphological and functional components of disease pathogenesis.
2. To provide a practical overview of pathology as a diagnostic branch of medicine at a level appropriate to the needs of a general practitioner.


Cell biology, anatomy, histology, genetics, normal physiology and biochemistry. For the acquisition of integrated knowledge, it is recommended to study the course concomitantly with the introduction to clinical courses, such as diagnosis in internal medicine and general surgery.

Learning outcomes


Upon successful completion of the study course, the student will be able to explain the nature, causes and risk factors of various diseases and general pathological processes, pathogenesis and its reflection in clinical processes, laboratory and imaging diagnosis, potential complications, consequences and outcomes. General pathological processes to be learned include general aspects of inflammation and wound healing, fever, peripheral circulatory disorders, hypoxia, tumour development, cell damage and compensatory adaptation, fluid, electrolyte and acid-based imbalance and stress response. Special pathology part includes acquisition of pathogenesis of the cardiovascular, lung, kidney, gastrointestinal, liver and bile duct, pancreas, bone, central nervous system, gynecological and reproductive, breast, hematological and endocrine diseases as basis for further clinical studies.


The student will be able to reasonably assess the pathogenesis of common diseases, to relate them to clinical manifestations and diagnostic bases of the diseases, and to take practical steps to organise tissue and / or laboratory examinations required by GP or a specialist, interpret and critically analyze their results.


The competences in pathogenesis of different diseases will allow to interpret clinical situations in regard to the underlying morphological and functional events, to predict the outcomes and complications. The theoretical understanding of the disease will become the basis for developing evidence-based clinical competence.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF5Master’sRequiredIlze Štrumfa, Boriss Štrumfs, Aleksandrs Vasiļjevs, Līga Vīduša, Katrīne Vecvagare, Agnese Ūdre, Agita Jukna, Kirils Veļikijs, Staņislavs Šinkarevs, Guna Volanska, Artjoms Soboļevs, Poļina Viktorova, Madara Tēraudkalna
Medicine, SSNMFz6Master’sRequiredIlze Štrumfa, Arvīds Jakovļevs, Ivanda Franckeviča, Valters Vīksne, Nadīna Rīmere, Karina Biserova, Agnese Ūdre
Medicine, MF5Master’sRequiredIlze Štrumfa, Arvīds Jakovļevs, Artjoms Soboļevs, Romans Uļjanovs, Laine Pelčere, Valters Vīksne, Inta Liepniece-Karele, Māris Sperga, Jurijs Nazarovs, Sintija Alaine, Boriss Štrumfs
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF6Master’sRequiredLīga Vīduša, Katrīne Vecvagare, Boriss Štrumfs, Kirils Veļikijs, Madara Tēraudkalna, Staņislavs Šinkarevs, Agnese Ūdre, Ilze Štrumfa, Ivanda Franckeviča
Medicine, SSNMFz5Master’sRequiredAleksandrs Vasiļjevs, Arvīds Jakovļevs, Artjoms Soboļevs, Ivanda Franckeviča, Poļina Viktorova, Staņislavs Šinkarevs, Guna Volanska, Karina Biserova, Nadīna Rīmere, Ilze Štrumfa
Medicine, MF6Master’sRequiredRomans Uļjanovs, Arvīds Jakovļevs, Inta Liepniece-Karele, Māris Sperga, Jurijs Nazarovs, Ilze Štrumfa, Valters Vīksne, Klāvs Smidrovskis, Valērija Raubiško