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Postgraduate course

Human Immunobiology

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeHUIMM303A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish.
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Level of Study

Master students or students at equal/similar level with background: biology, medicine, odontology, pharmacy.

Teaching semester

Will not be held spring 2023


Place of Instruction

Lab. building / BB-building at

Haukeland University Hospital.

Objectives and Content

The course covers the main areas of immunology, with special focus on the role in health and disease.

Learning Outcomes

* Knowledge

After completing the course the student should be able to:

- Recognize the main types of cells, tissues, signal molecules and bioactive factors (components), which the immune system is comprised of.

- Outline the development and maturation process of immune competent cells.

- Understand the basic mechanisms for how the immune system becomes activated and responds to stimuli e.g. infections or tissue damage.

- Have knowledge about the basic principles for defence and fight against infections. Present methods/treatment that can strengthen the immunity against infectious agents (e.g. vaccination).

- Account for main groups of diseases related to a failing immune system (auto immunity, allergy and immune deficiency) and describe in general the disease processes.

- Outline methods for treatment of immune related diseases and symptoms.

* Skills

- Describe how immunological methods can be used in biological and medical research.

- Apply the immunological knowledge to own research project.

* General Competence

- Obtain a general knowledge of how the immune system work in health and disease.

- To be able to distinguish the immunological component in a variety of complex health issues.

- Understand the importance of using immunological knowledge in both prevention and combating diseases.

Required Previous Knowledge

- The student should be at graduate level (having a BSc or equivalent)

- No knowledge immunology is needed, but advantageous

- Basic knowledge of human biology

Recommended Previous Knowledge

- None, but basic cell biology and immunological knowledge is advantageous.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

In general, lectures from February to May, every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-2:00,

with written exam in May. A detailed program is prepared prior to start of course.

Please contact the course coordinator Yenan Bryceson for more information.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student must attend at least 80% of the lectures to take the exam.

Forms of Assessment

Written Exam(4 hours)

Grading Scale

A - F.

Subject Overlap

The course is overlapping with HUIMM903 and MOL212.

Reading List

Mitt UiB will be covered by lectures and the text book:

Abbas, Lichtman and Pillai. Cellular and Molecular Immunology. 7th Edition, 2011, Saunders Elsevier, ISBN 978-1-4377-1528-6.

Alternative text book (Norwegian): Bogen and Munthe. Immunologi 2. Utg, 2007, Universitetsforlaget, Olso, ISBN 978-8-2150-1093-9.


Course Coordinator: Yenan Bryceson (yenan.bryceson@ki.se)

Adm. e-mail: studie@kliniskmedisin.uib.no