This course is a survey of the structure, physiology, genetics and control of microorganisms. The course includes an overview of the medical importance of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and multicellular parasites with examination of host-microorganism interactions, including non-specific and specific immunity.
As a result of taking this course the student will be able to:
Describe the uses and the main differences among several types of microscopes, including the electron microscope and how they relate to clinical use.
Compare microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans and helminthes) by cell type, reproductive methods, metabolism, genetics, pathology, nutrition, and structural differences.
Describe the major differences between Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria and the different methods to isolate and identify those microorganisms.
Explain the different methods currently used to control microbial growth, including categorizing and describing anti-microbial drugs, their general targets, modes of action, and the development and challenges due to drug resistance.
Describe the major groups of viruses, with emphasis on pathogenic viruses and their modes of entry and exit in the host.
Describe the major advances and techniques currently used in molecular microbiology and genetic engineering.
Explain the relationship between microorganisms and disease, emphasizing in both, the host mechanisms of defense and the virulence of pathogens.
Identify the etiology and epidemiology of selected infectious diseases.
Critically analyze growth, metabolism, patterns of infection using graphs, charts and other data.
Describe non-specific and specific defenses and how they relate to pathogens including allergic responses and vaccination.
Certificate of Completion after Satisfactory Completion of Course
Medical Microbiology for OMTs
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