The Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology at MCODS Mangalore was established in 1989 and has constantly upgraded itself to achieve world class standards. This department has been actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate training programme.  The undergraduate students are exposed to outcome based education using a variety of teaching methods in the form of interactive lectures, discussions, live- field teaching methods and self-directed learning.  The three year post graduate course involves training the students in advanced investigative procedures, histopathologic diagnosis and reporting correlating with the clinical scenario. The post graduate students are kept abreast with new advances in the field of oncology through seminars, clinical case discussions and critical review of journals. The students are encouraged to partake in various research activities and present their valuable work at various national and international forum.  The department houses a well-equipped research laboratory based on latest technology for conducting histopathologic and hematologic research. The department boasts of a well-stocked library which offers a range of information services to the students. The department has experienced faculty who play a key role in mentoring the students for their future role as successful practitioners. The department with the collaboration of Department of Forensic Medicine, KMC, Mangalore and Other Departments of MCODS, Mangalore, and has come with up Centre for Forensic Odontology which conducts a unique first blended programme of our University, Certificate Course in Forensic Odontology. The centre has also contributed in providing valuable information through dental evidence obtained in forensic cases.

Key features

  • Well-equipped Histopathology Lab to help in the diagnosis of head and neck pathologies
  • Seminars, Discussions, Journal article reviews and Clinical case discussions
  • Innovative teaching and teaching assessment techniques used by the faculty of the department like problem-based learning, quizzes, and crosswords pertaining to the subject
  • Collaboration with the other dental and medical departments to improve postgraduate learning.


Core competencies

  • Histopathological diagnosis 
  • Teaching
  • Focus on short-term research projects.



  • Through the collaboration of Manipal Academy of Higher Education with Kathmandu University, the Department has guided postgraduate students from Nepal towards award of postgraduate degree by Kathmandu University. 



The department caters to undergraduate and post graduate teaching.  Our experienced faculty deal with the subject of Dental Anatomy and Oral Histology for the I BDS students based on Outcome Based Education. The students are given time for self-directed learning as well.  Practical work involves identification and carving of permanent teeth, age estimation of the mixed dentition casts, and gaining an in-depth knowledge of oral histology through the histologic slides.


Collaborative research

Our Department works in partnership with other departments for studies on micro-leakage, research microscopy, image analysis, fluorescent and polarizing microscopy. Collaborations with Department of Microbiology and Department of General Pathology in various fields of research in oncology and infections is an ongoing process. Our well trained staff have provided adequate guidance to the students to undertake various short term research projects and have received several grants.


Histopathologic diagnosis forms the crux of the Department. We not only provide tissue diagnostic services to patients visiting our hospital but also offer consultation to other private hospitals.  The reports are generally dispatched 3 -5 days after receipt of the specimen.  Thus we ensure accuracy and promptness in our diagnostic services.  



Centre for Forensic Odontology

The department of oral pathology and microbiology contributes to the investigations in cases related to age and gender identification as a part of the service provided by the centre for forensic odontology. The department is well equipped with CBCT image interpretation, microtomes, hard tissue sectioning, decalcification procedures, fluorescent/polarizing microscopy and image analysis software. 




Access to hospital facilities gives student hands-on training in dental procedures


Libraries have publications on the latest developments in oral healthcare


Laboratories give students the opportunity for practical experience

Research & Publications

The crucial research areas are Oral Cancer, Oral Pre-cancer, Odontogenic Cysts and Tumours, Forensic Odontology, Exfoliative Cytology, Salivary Glands and Bone Lesions.