Department

MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY

Medical microbiology, the large subset of microbiology that is applied to medicine, is a branch of medical science concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. In addition, this field of science studies various clinical applications of microbes for the improvement of health. Medical microbiology is a field of scientific study that includes looking at bacteria, viruses, and parasites in connection with disease and illness. 
The aim of Medical Microbiology course is to introduce basic principles and application relevance of clinical disease for students. The content of rigorous course includes many etiological agents responsible for global infectious diseases. It covers all biology of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens related with infectious diseases in humans. The course will provide the conceptual basis for understanding pathogenic microorganisms and particularly address the fundamental mechanisms of their pathogenicity. It will also provide opportunities for a student to develop diagnostic skills in microbiology, including the practical application and interpretation of laboratory tests for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Objectives

The objective of the course is to make students able

  • to identify common infectious agents and the diseases that they cause.
  • to evaluate methods used to identify infectious agents in the clinical microbiology lab.
  • to recall microbial physiology including metabolism, regulation and replication.
  • to explain general and specific mechanisms by which an infectious agent causes disease.
  • to recognize and diagnose common infectious diseases from the clinical presentation and associated microbiology.
  • to describe the epidemiology of infectious agents including how infectious diseases are transmitted.
  • to assess treatment strategies including the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents and common mechanisms of antimicrobial action and resistance.
  • to explain interventions employed to prevent infectious diseases including infection control measure and vaccines.

Course Level: P.G


JOB PROSPECTS:

  • Senior position in Government agencies, such as the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health
  • Private health care services and philanthropic organizations,
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Academic researcher in Medical schools and university-affiliated teaching hospitals
  • Veterinary hospitals
  • medical and clinical laboratory technologist.
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical scientist, immunology
  • Food technologist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (life sciences)