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Fundamentals of Skin Cancer Diagnostics

Delivered by Faculty of Medicine


Learn how to diagnose skin cancer. 

Starting with the basics, you’ll have an opportunity to progress to an advanced level over one semester. 

This course will benefit practitioners in the health sector, as well as in industries such as hairdressing and beauty therapy.

Upcoming courses

Delivery mode
online, self-paced
No dates currently available
Time commitment
65 hours

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Who should attend

  • General practitioners.
  • Nurses.
  • Melanographers.
  • Health practitioners involved with skin cancer practice.
  • Professionals who may encounter skin lesions during their work, such as in physiotherapy, podiatry, natural therapy, massage therapy or hairdressing.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for people:

  • working in skin cancer diagnostics or who possess a sound foundation of clinical knowledge and skills
  • other professions, such as hairdressing and the beauty industry.

What you'll learn

  • Understand skin evolution, embryology, micro-anatomy, histology and physiology.
  • Learn the pathology of skin and skin malignancies.
  • Understand the principles of effective skin cancer history-taking and clinical examination.
  • Learn to correlate dermatoscopy and dermatopathology and how they integrate with clinical practice.

Time commitment

This is an online course that will require roughly 65 hours to complete.

  • 6 hours of classes (via Zoom).
  • 59 hours of study outside of class.
  • Over 14 weeks (20 February to 29 May 2023).

Course curriculum

  • Topic 1: History, Embryology, Evolution, Vitamin D, Microanatomy, Melanin/Melanocytes. 
  • Topic 2: Clinical examination, Introduction to dermatoscopy; Algorithms; Language of dermatoscopy. 
  • Topic 3: Dermatoscopic decision algorithm for pigmented skin lesions; Chaos and Clues.
  • Topic 4: Dermatoscopic decision algorithm for non-pigmented skin lesions; Prediction without Pigment.
  • Topic 5: Dermatopathology.


There is an open-book assessment for each module, plus you’ll need to complete one open-book written assignment.

Certification and accreditation

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Professor Cliff Rosendahl, Course Co-ordinator, UQ Faculty of Medicine
Professor Cliff Rosendahl
Course Co-ordinator, UQ Faculty of Medicine


Applicant Price Course code
Individual A$1,760 4008

Please copy the course code before registering.

GST is included in the cost

Payment options

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) for payment, including corporate credit cards. If you do not have access to a card, please contact our team at to discuss your options.


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