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How biomedical knowledge supports health care related solutions

Biomedical Topics in Healthcare

The courses in this minor follow the development of medical interventions from basic science to the integration into routine clinical practice (“from Cell to Society”).

Students will learn more about the challenges and steps in translation of biomedical knowledge to public health and clinical practice.

Some courses focus more on the biomedical mechanisms of disorders and how human development is regulated and can be disturbed. Other courses focus more on health care aspects (prevention, diagnostics, care and treatment) and societal impacts.

Overview courses

  • Heart Failure and Therapy

    This course aims to provide insights into the pathophysiologic mechanisms, diagnostic approaches and therapies and societal impacts of cardiovascular diseases. Cardiac diseases that will be highlighted include inherited cardiomyopathies, diastolic heart failure and ischemic heart disease.

  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

    This course will highlight the etiology, diagnosis, care and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, cerebrovascular accidents, ADHD, Asperger/PDD-NOS, Autism and Obsessive Compulsive disorders.

  • Genetics and Public Health

    Focuses on different ways in which variations in DNA or chromosomes lead to disease, healthcare delivery in relation to genetic disorders (clinical genetics, genetic screening), and the impact of a hereditary disease on individuals, families and society. Challenges in the translation of new genetic knowledge into public policy and healthcare will be addressed, for example, regarding whole genome sequencing and gene editing.

  • Oncology and Public Health

    Focuses on oncology from societal and public health perspective. The course will be on cancer development, diagnosis, treatment and late effects of cancer, and on  public health and societal issues such as cancer screening programs, rehabilitation, psychosocial functioning,return to work and palliative care for cancer patients.

  • Toxicology and Development

    Studies the impact of substances products used in daily life on human health. Special focus is given to the effects on early development. The course covers all aspects of human toxicology studies. It starts with how we are exposed to compounds in our daily life. Followed by, how those compounds cause toxicity and leads to developmental malformations. The social impact of exposure and health issues are explored and the European legislation to prevent health issues and other health care measures are discussed. All aspects will be taught through lectures and working groups with associated assignments.