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  1. #1 What exactly is the course I want to study? 
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    Hello. As the title states, I am confused as to what is the name of the course I am interested in. All I know is that, it is related to science/medicine.

    Basically, what I am looking for is a course which will teach me how diseases affect the body biologically and chemically. In addition, I want to learn how medicine works, at the molecular level, and how the medicine reacts with the substances in the body to cure diseases or cause something. The ideal job I am looking for is one which I can research and create drugs to specifically cure certain diseases.

    I am unsure which course this would refer to. Does anyone have any idea or suggestions for some specific degrees I can look up on? I will be entering University in five years and I need to give myself a goal for the next 3 years I will be spending in school studying Biomedical Science.

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    The first course would be covered under pathophysiology, the study of how disease affects the body. The second is pharmacology, the study of medicines and how they affect the body. However, study of normal physiology and microbiology (bacteria, fungi, viruses- frequent causes of disease) would help you to understand the pathophysiology and pharmacology better.

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    I'd suggest that you talk to a guidance councilor at the school that you are going to be attending. They should be very helpful in directing you towards a path to achieve your goals. You also could go to a few of the medial professors at the school as well and ask them their advice.
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    Yes, I think I will ask around more to get more opinions, especially from the lecturers. Perhaps send e-mails to the Universities to ask as well.
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    You would more than likely a follow a basic pre-med curriculum, with courses in biology, chemistry, comparative zoology, anatomy and physiology, patho-physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology. Pathophysiology is the main course that talks about diseases and the specific mechanisms that cause them and covers a broad range of things, including infectious disease, metabolic and genetic diseases, age-related wear and tear disorders. Then I would think you would go on to specialize in a particular area that interested you with a masters or PhD, or perhaps med school or pharmacology.
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    Man! Every field of science seems so interesting. If I had the money and resources I'd just go on and on and get a master degree in everything. Ahahaha.
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    I'm thinkin' you'll do fine, EugeneT. Take a strong course in chemistry; it won't seem to be connected early on but it will become an important skill later. If you get the basics down well, then biochemistry and molecular biology will make more sense and these are the fundamental sciences underlying the medical-related course of study you are proposing. You might not think at first that pH, osmolarity and gas solubility are that important to medicine, but you'll see after years of study that these are critical concepts.
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    Does anyone know the exact name of the courses/degrees offered in international Universities. (I'm aiming for the top 20 in the world. Aim high or go home. Yolo.)
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    The specific course names and the degree names will vary with the university. You can often find that information on each university's website.
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    I am confused. What's the difference between the different schools? Medical, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, etc. Those terms seem closely related but some institutions list them under different schools/faculties. Is anyone able to explain this? Thanks!
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    A life sciences program will not make you a medical doctor, allowed to treat patients. However, a medical school degree is unlikely to train you to undertake early-stage drug discovery. Health sciences may encompass many allied health fields (nursing, pharmacy, etc.). There is no standard across institutions, you need to do the homework on the programs school-by-school.
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    I think mine should be under life sciences in that case. That's also the school of the institution I'm studying in now. School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology.
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    It sounds like you should take physiology, anatomy, biochemistry (year series), molecular biology, molecular genetics, immunology, microbiology, virology and pathogenic bacteriology, then consider a grad program in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry or biotechnology. I'm shooting from the hip here, do your research on the programs.
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