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Anatomy, Pathology and Diagnosis of Oral Cancer

Anatomy, Pathology and Diagnosis of Oral Cancer

Anatomy, Pathology and Diagnosis of Oral Cancer

School of Healthcare and Psychology

This course will help you to understand and recognize information regarding the anatomy, pathology, and clinical diagnosis of oral cancer.

The course will introduce anatomy of the oral cavity and common sites for different types of oral cancer development in the mouth. You will explore various epidemiological and etiological factors that influence the pathology of the disease and affect cancer behaviour at a cellular level.

You will also understand the procedure for the diagnostic procedure associated with oral cancer including referral pathways and treatment options for patients.

Recognizing the nature and behaviour of the the disease will help monumentally in effectively being able to discover, treat, and educate on oral cancer and all potential risks involved.

Key Words: Anatomy, Pathology, Cellular Development, Epidemiology, Etiology, Diagnosis


Course Code: HCP4A4002

Certified: YES

Level: 4

Credits: 2


Time: 2 Hours

Expiry: 1 YEAR

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course each student is expected to be able to:

A. Subject Knowledge and Understanding

  • LO 1. Understand and identify conditions in the mouth and perioral tissues of the oral cavity
  • LO 2. Understand pathology of the disease through examination of epidemiology, etiology, and behaviour of oral cancer at a cellular level.

B. Cognitive Skills (Thinking Skills)

  • LO 3. Differentiate between different types of oral cancer and identify common sites in which these malignancies arise.

C. Subject Specific Practical/Professional Skills

  • LO 4. Describe the process of clinical diagnosis and referral pathways, and understand how these are implemented in a medical setting.

Curriculum Outline

The key themes covered by the course and their indicative weighing:

  • Anatomy of Oral Cancer (25%)
  • Cellular Development/Pathology (40%)
  • Clinical Diagnosis (35%)

Online Certificates

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