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Medical Microbiology Graduate Certificate

  • The University of Florida’s Medical Microbiology Online Graduate Certificate

    Most microorganisms are harmless. Some, like skin and gut flora, are even beneficial for human health. There are, however, microorganisms that can infect the body and cause diseases, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Medical microbiologists play an essential part in detecting these microbes, and their role is becoming increasingly clinical as they work with the medical community to prevent the spread of disease.

    The Department of Microbiology in collaboration with the College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology offers an online Graduate Certificate in Medical Microbiology. This 11-credit program provides foundational knowledge of infectious pathogens and diseases, covering such topics as molecular virology, cell immunology and genetics. A springboard for aspiring professionals, this certificate program is ideal for students set on continuing their graduate studies, and all credits earned in this program can be applied to our online master’s degree program as well as the affiliated Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology’s on-campus Master of Science in Medical Science and Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program.

    Student learning outcomes:

    Students who complete this program will:

    • Develop an in-depth comprehension and mastery of the fundamental concepts and methodology of medical microbiology.
    • Discover how the medical microbiology field improves health outcomes and manages the spread of disease within hospitals and communities.
    • Analyze and discuss primary literature in the field of medical microbiology to improve critical thinking and evaluation skills.
    • Refine scientific communication skills through writing scientific critiques, blogs and abstracts of primary literature articles.

    To earn the certificate, students must complete a selection of required and elective courses equaling 11 credits.

    Foundation Courses

    The following courses are required and can be completed at any point during the certificate program.

    GMS 6121: Infectious Diseases

    Basic biology and pathogenesis of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Select representative organisms of each pathogen group and their diseases will be covered in detail. This course is coordinated with GMS 7192 Journal Colloquy for the fall, followed by three credits of GMS 6108 Bacterial Physiology, Antibiotics and Genetics and three credits of GMS 6131 Advanced Virology in the spring.

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    GMS 7133: Advanced Molecular Virology

    This course follows GMS 6121 Infectious Diseases and provides a more detailed molecular analysis of human pathogenic viruses. Replication mechanisms, molecular pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, immune evasion strategies, development of antivirals and vaccines and the relationship between viral evolution and emerging viruses are taught using representative viruses from different viral families.

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    Plus, one of the following courses:

    GMS 6108: Bacterial Physiology, Antibiotics and Genetics

    To be taken after GMS 6121 Infectious Diseases, this course takes an in-depth look at bacterial physiology and genetics as well as antibiotics and the role they play in treating bacterial infections. Upon completion, students will have a deeper understanding of the relationship between bacteria cell structure and biology, the process of gene expression and the mechanisms of antibiotic action, among other learning objectives.

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    MCB 6670c: The Microbiome

    Increase knowledge, appreciation and use of genomics pertaining to the breadth of microbial diversity across a wide variety of organisms and habitats using methods that do not require culturing of the myriad of inhabitants. Students will use tools, practice analysis and interpretation of genomic data sets to analyze different microbiomes.

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    MCB 6424: Probiotics

    Probiotics is an upper division course on probiotics. This course will cover the use of microorganisms to promote a health status in the animal and human host. This course will provide a conceptual background in microbiology and immunology for the use of microorganisms for the prevention or treatment of animal and human diseases.

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    Elective Courses

    Students must earn 3 credit hours from among the following courses. Journal Colloquy may be repeated once to satisfy this requirement.

    GMS 7192: Journal Colloquy - Infectious Disease

    GMS 7192 is composed of three sections, all of which involve reading, analyzing and discussing primary research papers. Section one is correlated with material covered in GMS 6121 Infectious Diseases, and section two follows GMS 6108, an advanced bacterial course. The third section is devoted exclusively to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. This class may be taken twice, as long as students select a different section.

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    GMS 6132: Introductory Gene and Immunotherapy

    An overview of gene and immunotherapy with emphasis on translational applications, including fundamental understanding of the principles and mechanisms of gene and immunotherapy, specifically molecular biology of gene therapy and basic immunology and immunotherapy. Preclinical and clinical applications of both will be discussed.

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    MCB 6424: Probiotics

    Probiotics is an upper division course on probiotics. This course will cover the use of microorganisms to promote a health status in the animal and human host. This course will provide a conceptual background in microbiology and immunology for the use of microorganisms for the prevention or treatment of animal and human diseases.

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    MCB 6670c: The Microbiome

    Increase knowledge, appreciation and use of genomics pertaining to the breadth of microbial diversity across a wide variety of organisms and habitats using methods that do not require culturing of the myriad of inhabitants. Students will use tools, practice analysis and interpretation of genomic data sets to analyze different microbiomes.

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    GMS 6108: Bacterial Physiology, Antibiotics and Genetics

    To be taken after GMS 6121 Infectious Diseases, this course takes an in-depth look at bacterial physiology and genetics as well as antibiotics and the role they play in treating bacterial infections. Upon completion, students will have a deeper understanding of the relationship between bacteria cell structure and biology, the process of gene expression and the mechanisms of antibiotic action, among other learning objectives.

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    Suggested Course Plan

    Semester 1 (4 credits)
    GMS 6121: Infectious Diseases (3 credits)
    GMS 7192: Journey Colloquy - Infectious Disease (1 credit)

    Semester 2 (4 or 5 credits)
    Choose one of the following courses:
    GMS 6108: Bacterial Physiology, Antibiotics and Genetics (3 credits)
    MCB 6670C: The Microbiome (3 credits)
    MCB 6424: Probiotics (3 credits)
    Plus
    GMS 7192: Journal Colloquy - Advanced Bacteriology (1 credit)
    or
    GMS 6132: Introductory Gene and Immunotherapy (2 credits)
    Semester 3 (3 or 4 credits)
    GMS 7133: Advanced Molecular Virology (3 credits)
    Plus, choose from one of the following courses:
    GMS 7192: Journal Colloquy - COVID-19 (1 credit)
    GMS 6132: Introductory Gene and Immunotherapy (2 credits)
    MCB 6355: Microbial/Host Defense (1 credit)

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