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Unit Overview


This is the second-year theory unit in Oral Pathology in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. The unit is taken over two semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Topics are covered via seminars, literature reviews, journal clubs, clinic-pathologic conferences, and clinical laboratory sessions. This course will focus on the fundamentals of biology, immunology and oral pathology.

6 points
Not available in 2024Oral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate, synthesize and apply the literature and diagnostic techniques relevant to general and oral pathology; (2) demonstrate advanced problem solving and diagnostic skills; (3) demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of oral pathology through discussion, interpretation and evaluation in written and oral presentations; (4) interpret original research; (5) define and demonstrate the responsibility of being a practitioner in oral pathology; (6) provide clinical leadership; and (7) use effective communication skills with colleagues, patients and the broader community.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral exam (OSCE); (2) case based (CbD); and (3) written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the written examination component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Norman Firth and Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
DENT6870 Oral Pathology Theory I Part 1
and DENT6871 Oral Pathology Theory I Part 2
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 10 hours per week (average)
Students are required to be registered with the Dental Board of Australia for the duration of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (90840).

Barnes, L. Surgical Pathology of the Head and Neck, volumes 1, 2, 3: Informa Health Care

Barnes, L., Eveson, J. W., Reichart, P. and Sidransky, D. (eds) WHO Classification of Head and Neck Tumours: IARC

Kumar, V., Abbas, A. K. and Aster, J. Robbins Basic Pathology, 9th edn: Elsevier

Odell, E.W. and Morgan, P. R. Biopsy Pathology of the Oral Tissues: Chapman and Hall

Regezi, J. A., Sciubba, J. J. and Jordan, R. C. K. Oral Pathology, Clinical—Pathologic Correlations: Saunders


Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Radiology

Head and Neck Pathology (Springer)

Oral Oncology

Head and Neck

Oral Diseases

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.