Health Microbiology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Health Microbiology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Health Science, Microbiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MICR 223

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Disease mechanisms of key microbial pathogens, and the host immune response to these pathogens. Treatment or control of microbial diseases. Microbial strategies to evade the immune system or resist antibiotics.
    Bacterial, viral or fungal infections are major causes of illnesses and deaths in New Zealand and throughout the world. Combating infectious disease requires a detailed knowledge of virulence mechanisms of pathogens, the host immune response to infection and strategies to prevent or treat disease. This paper will be of interest to students seeking careers in medical laboratory science, health science, public health or biomedical research.

    Course Structure
    Lectures focus on several important microbial pathogens with the goal of answering the following three questions:
    -What are the cellular and molecular mechanisms employed by pathogens to cause disease?
    -What strategies are used to prevent or treat infections?
    -How does the host immune response cope with infection?

    -Laboratory report written in the form of a scientific paper (25%)
    -20-question quiz on the laboratory material (5%)
    -Final exam on the lecture material (70%)

    Learning Outcomes
    -Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microbial mechanisms of virulence, the host immune response to infection and approaches used to prevent or treat infectious diseases
    -Exhibit abilities to perform laboratory work with a high degree of competence and to write a well-organised report that effectively communicates data and conclusions

    Wilson, BA., Salyers, AA., Whitt, DD. And Winkler ME. 2011, Third edition. Bacterial pathogenesis. A Molecular Approach. American Society for Microbiology.

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