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Infectious Disease Block


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).

Block Directors:
David Barton, PhD
Edward Janoff, MD

Anesha Williams (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.