Course Title
General and Systemic Pathology (DDS 6253)
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Minneapolis, MN

You can download a copy of the current syllabus here.

General and Systemic Pathology will give you a basic understanding of the causes, mechanisms, and effects of human disease. During the course you will:

  1. Build a foundation of basic pathologic principles necessary for understanding oral pathology. Many of the general pathology concepts we will be discussing in this course (e.g., inflammation, general principles of neoplasia) will be directly applicable to your study of oral pathology next semester.
  2. Study a variety of diseases that have manifestations in or around the oral cavity. Many diseases, such as squamous cell carcinoma, have symptoms and signs in the oral cavity. Often, a patient’s dentist is the first person to identify these important lesions.
  3. Learn about systemic diseases that may impact the health of your patients. As a dentist, you will encounter many patients with diseases other than those that you are directly treating. A knowledge of the medical implications of these diseases will help you safely manage your patients – and will deepen your understanding of your patients as a whole.

The Course Director is Kristine Krafts, M.D. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have regarding the course. You can come find me before or after class in our lecture room, or email me (kkrafts@umn.edu), call (626-7996), or stop by my office (16-206 Moos).

The textbook used in this course is Kumar V, et al (eds): Robbins Basic Pathology, 9th ed., Philadelphia, WB Saunders. You should use the textbook however it benefits you in order to supplement and reinforce the content you receive in lectures.

Our lecture schedule is on the lectures page. Next to each lecture, you’ll see links to that lecture’s powerpoint in both ppt and pdf formats. Seems like most students use their computers to take notes, so to save paper, I’ll just bring a handful of handouts to class (so if you want to be sure you have one, you might want to print your own just in case). All lectures will be automatically recorded on Mediasite.

Seems like everyone likes reviews – so we have quite a few. Often we’ll go through a review PowerPoint (these are posted on the lectures page). Sometimes we might do something more fun, though.


There are 7 quizzes (approximately 10 points each) and four exams (approximately 75, 50, 40 and 75 points) in this course, for a total of around 310 points. You can see what each quiz and exam covers on the lectures page. The scores of the quizzes and examinations will be added together to give a single numerical score for the course, and grades will be determined as follows:

  • A = scores greater than or equal to 90%
  • B = scores between 80% and 90%
  • C = scores between 70% and 80%

Grades will be posted on Moodle.

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