Data on the course
TMED-303 Metabolic Disorders from Aetiology to Therapy, 5 cr  
Code TMED-303  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Metabolic Disorders from Aetiology to Therapy  Abbreviation Metabolic Disor 
Scope 5 cr  
TypeAdvanced studies
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Translational Medicine 

Sanna Lehtonen 

Target group 

Students of the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine, especially in the Metabolic Disorders specialisation. MD students and other Master’s or doctoral students


Period III. The course is arranged annually.

Learning outcomes 
  • To be able to understand basic metabolic pathways
  • To understand the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity

To be able to use genetic knowledge as a basis for the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders


TRANSMED students:  Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II,  ABCs of Medical Genetics

Medical students: After completing the 4th year of studies


Metabolic pathways, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, obesity and dyslipidemia

Study materials and literature 

Relevant scientific articles are provided during the course.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Interactive seminars, journal clubs and group work with students’ own presentations and input and with teachers’ feedback. Learning diaries to support reflection on the course contents.

Assessment practices and criteria 

Grading: Pass/fail. Evaluation methods and criteria: performance in individual and group tasks (50%), learning diary (50%)


Active homework and participation in the contact education, individual and group tasks, demonstrations.

Lectures (26 h), seminars and journal clubs (20 h),  demonstrations (4 h),  independent studies (75 h)

Responsible person 

Professor Sanna Lehtonen,


Current and future instruction
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Future examinations
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