HL1201 Medicine and Medical Engineering, Basic Course 12.0 credits

Medicin och medicinsk teknik

Please note

The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

    Medical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The course is intended for persons without traditional medical education that needs a basic medical knowledge for usage in the working life, e.g. students in medical engineering. On completion of the course, the aim is that the student should be able to: 

*  Define and use basic medical terminology and language

*  Define and describe at a general level the basics of histology and anatomy

*  Describe and explain the function and anatomy regarding the different organ systems in the human body

*  Describe aetiology, symptom and treatment for more important diseases in the different organ systems

*  Describe and explain medical engineering methods for diagnostics and treatment

*  Compare medical engineering methods regarding basic physical principles and field of use

*  Apply the acquired medical engineering knowledge on medical issues

Course main content

In the part about medicine first medical terminology, anatomy, histology and genetics is discussed at a general level. After that basic overviews follow, organised after classical system physiology: nerve and muscle, pain, circulation, respiration, kidney and fluid balance, digestion and nutrition, endocrinology and reproduction. The acquired physiological understanding is finally used to study general pathology.

In the part about medical engineering diagnostics and treatment are discussed, as well as the relationships with the technical methods that are used within physical diagnostics, clinical physiological diagnostics, clinical neurophysiology, radiological diagnostics, internal medicine and treatment, surgery, intensive care, obstetrics, oncology and medical physics.


Basic and specific requirements for five year engineering programs at KTH, Physics B/ Physics 2, Chemistry A/ Chemistry 1 and Mathematics E/ Mathematics 4.


Henriksson & Rasmusson: Fysiologi med relevant anatomi, Studentlitteratur, 2013. ISBN 978-91-44-08462-6

M Lindén & P. Åke Öberg: Jacobsons Medicin och teknik, Studentlitteratur, 2006. ISBN 91-44-04760-6

Utdelat kursmaterial


  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems


Mats Nilsson, mats.nilsson@sth.kth.se;


Mats Nilsson <spexmats@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.