The Pathology Department is one of the academic departments of the College of Medicine involved in connecting the pre-clinical stage with the clinical stage through teaching courses that enable the student to identify the causes of diseases and how to diagnose them.  The courses include the general study of diseases followed by the specific study of diseases of the human body systems, blood diseases and forensic medicine.  


The mission is summarized in the following statements:

  • Teaching the courses of Pathology, Hematology and Forensic Medicine in the pre-clinical period.
  • Teaching and training physicians in order to be awarded the IAU Fellowship in Anatomical Pathology and Clinical Pathology, in addition to the Saudi fellowship in Forensic Medicine.
  • Aiding the therapeutic services in the hospital through examination of the different samples (biopsies) taken from patients.


  • To develop teaching courses for pre-clinical students.
  • To suggest and carry out topics for research.
  • To develop training and teaching of postgraduate studies.
  • To improve the performance of the laboratories according to set standards of quality.

Undergraduate Courses

Pathology I (MDPA 332)

This course enables the student to acquire basic and general knowledge about diseases. On successful completion of this course, the student should be able to understand how disease processes affect human tissues and organs.

Pathology II (MDPA 401)

This course enables the student to know the diseases of each system of the human body and how each disease affects each system.

Forensic Medicine (MDPA 455)

This course enables the student to understand the basics of forensic medicine and it's application to suspected cases of a forensic nature.

Published on: 12 May 2014
Last update on: 01 April 2024
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