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Microbiology & Cell Science

Microbiology & Cell Science

MCB 5205 Microbiology of Human Pathogens


Survey of advanced topics and current scientific literature related to human host-pathogen interactions and microbial pathogenesis, focusing on emerging bacterial and viral pathogens as agents of human disease, biosecurity, molecular identification methods, spread of multi-drug resistance among bacterial pathogens, drug discovery, and alternative treatment research.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the intricate interplay between the host immune system and bacterial pathogens to develop a comprehensive understanding of microbial virulence
  • Investigate the strategies and mechanisms employed by bacterial pathogens to induce disease, by studying various examples and case studies
  • Apply analytical skills to critically examine real-world scenarios of infectious diseases, thereby enhancing your ability to navigate the complexities of this field
  • Evaluate the laboratory techniques, diagnostic methodologies, and research strategies used to assess the virulence and disease-causing potential of bacterial pathogens
  • Examine strategies for the prevention and treatment of host infections and associated diseases, with a particular focus on vaccines, antibiotics, and the role of microbiota
  • Critically assess the development and implementation of interventions that effectively combat infections, considering the factors influencing their success and limitations


At A Glance

  • $535.00 per credit hour plus fees
Application Procedure
  1. Complete the Application Intent form
  2. Complete the Graduate Application
  3. Send your Transcripts