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Medical Science Pathophysiology I in position to occupational therapy 7.5 credits

Medicinsk vetenskap: Sjukdomslära med inriktning mot arbetsterapi 1
First cycle, M0037H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Medical Science
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic anatomy and physiology (M0031H).

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  • describe aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics, treatment, complications and prognosis for commonly occurring internal medicine, surgical  (including oncology)and orthopaedic diseases
  • describe the significance of age and gender for illness and treatment
  • Place his knowledge in a larger social context and medical public health perspective in order to be able to participate in health promotion work
  • Carry out and apply basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Evaluate the value of his knowledge and the need for skills development in respective areas


This knowledge constitutes a basis for coming courses and is a precondition for working as occupational therapist.

  • Internal medicine diseases
  • Cardiovascular  diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Lung diseases
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • General surgery
  • Orthopaedics and hand surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR)


Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Tuition methods vary with self-study, individual or group work and lectures. As support for individual studies, the student is offered lectures and resource time via distance-bridging technology in LTU's LMS-system Canvas. The studies are carried out by means of detailed objectives and instructions as presented in the study guide. Seminars and laboratory sessions are compulsory.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The learning outcomes are examined according to the set of tests below. Examinations test knowledge relevant to the future profession. At seminars, the student should demonstrate his/her ability to apply theoretical knowledge of diseases in realistic health care situations.

This is a first-cycle course. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Canvas. Passing this course constitutes specific entry requirements for placement courses.

Transition terms
The course replaces M0003H

Cecilia Björklund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
* Ericson, T. & Lind, M. (red.) (2020). Medicinska sjukdomar. (Femte upplagan). Lund:Studentlitteratur. Eller senaste upplagan.
Lindén, B., Hagstedt, B. & Khalid, M. (2011). Ortopedi i primärvård. (5., [utök.] uppl.) Lund: Studentlitteratur. Eller annan likvärdig litteratur.

Articles and reports will be added.

* Literature has been used in several courses

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Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0005Seminar in cardiovascular diseases, endocrinologyU G#1.50MandatoryA08
0011Written examination in orthopaedics and hand surgeryU G VG *2.50MandatoryA12
0015Seminar in respiratory medicineU G#0.50MandatoryA15
0016Seminar in rheumatologyU G#0.50MandatoryA15
0018Practice exam in CPRU G#0.30MandatoryA20
0019Written examination in medical and surgical diseasesU G VG *2.20MandatoryA20

Syllabus established
by 17 Dec 2007

Last revised
by Anna Öqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Health, Education and Technology 08 Jun 2021