This 10 week course in the Spring semester integrates microbiology, infectious diseases, and antimicrobial pharmacology. Content covers pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites), host-pathogen interactions, microbial virulence determinants, host immune responses, signs and symptoms of disease presentation, epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, prevention (vaccines) and therapy (antimicrobials).
David Barton, PhD
Edward Janoff, MD
Ellen Valentine (303-724-2069)
- Name common microbial pathogens.
- Name the diseases caused by common microbial pathogens.
- Describe presenting symptoms of specific infectious diseases.
- Describe laboratory methods used to diagnose specific infectious diseases.
- Explain therapeutic options for specific infectious diseases.
- Describe vaccines to prevent specific infectious diseases.
- Describe key virulence factors for specific infectious diseases and explain how these virulence factors are important in the pathogenesis and symptoms of specific infectious diseases.
- Describe features of the innate and acquired host response associated with protection from disease (protective immune responses).
- Describe features of the host immune response associated with immunopathogenesis.
- Appreciate epidemiologic features of specific infectious diseases, including modes of transmission (aerosols, food-borne, parenteral, sexual, zoonotic, iatrogenic, etc...) and means of blocking transmission (handwashing, body fluid precautions, pasteurization, mosquito control, etc...).
- Appreciate how the microbiome and disbiosis contribute to health and disease.