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Gain an Introduction to Medical Microbiology


This undergraduate-level course introduces students to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa and emphasizes host-microbe interactions and bacterial and viral pathogens. Students will explore biological characteristics of microbes, principles of disease transmission and prevention, pathogenesis and immunity, antibiotic resistance, laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease, and the human microbiome.

This course is ideally suited for students interested in applying to Clinical Laboratory Scientist programs, and others who are interested in microorganisms that cause infectious disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how microbes cause infectious disease
  • Describe a range of bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic pathogens responsible for infectious disease in terms of biological characteristics, pathogenesis and epidemiology, diseases caused, immunological interactions, diagnosis, treatment, prevention)
  • Summarize the basics of innate and adaptive immunity and how microbes and the immune system interact
  • Discuss basic laboratory diagnostic techniques used to identify and classify microbial pathogens

This course assumes that students are familiar with college-level biology.


This course is offered in an online asynchronous format.There are no set meeting times, however, students follow a weekly schedule and there will be deadlines to meet in terms of course requirements. This course cannot be completed at an accelerated rate.

Contact Information:

Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson


Course Number: BIOL-40367
Credit: 4.50 unit(s)

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