Master in Laboratory Medicine

Clinical Parasitology



Learning outcomes

The main objectives of the Course titled Clinical Parasitology are:

  1. To study a new set of microorganisms responsible for parasitic diseases, which coexist, in a dispersed and anachronistic way, in Portugal and worldwide;
  2. To establish a reasonable basis thread and identify bridges and gaps, in order to understand the implications and constraints involving the development of an assertive diagnosis;
  3. To experience the ability to add new methods of work consistent with the aim of producing a focused analysis, using different resources available for free on the internet, in an exercise that focuses on the integrated area of knowledge.
  4. To correlate the pathology and the parasitological agent or vector.



This course involves Entomology, Protozoology and Helminthology. The course will also study these host­ parasite associations with particular emphasis on prevention, laboratory diagnosis, treatment and prophylaxis.

A ­ Introduction to Clinical Parasitology
Taxonomic classification
Emerging and Imported Diseases
Introduction to Entomology
B­ Study of the main parasitic infections: clinical diagnosis, laboratory, treatment and prevention.

Practical teaching:
Presentation and resolution of clinical cases.
Safety and good practice.
Collection, preservation, Shipment and handling of biological samples.

Laboratory teaching/Diagnostic Procedures:
A­ parasitological diagnosis stool
B­ parasitological diagnosis of blood
C­ parasitological diagnosis of other biological samples
D­ Note and macroscopic characterization of class Insecta and Arachnida adult and larval forms.