Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Richard Darveau

2 Credits/Quarter 3 (Spring, First Year)

Course Description

Bacterial structure, physiology and genetics. Viral structure and function. Bacterial and viral diseases of the respiratory tract, skin, UG tract. Innate and adaptive immunity. Immune responses to infection, immunodeficiencies and autoimmunity.

Educational Objectives

Students will learn basic structure and function aspects of bacteria and viruses and basic principles of immunology. Students will be presented with the microbial etiology and pathogenesis of human disease and gain an understanding of the role of the host immune response in microbial diseases.

Course Outline

Bacterial structure, physiology and genetics; Bacterial respiratory tract infections; Bacterial skin and soft tissue infections; Viral respiratory tract infections; Viral enteric infections; Viral blood-borne infections; Innate immunity; Adaptive immunity; Immune responses to infection; Immunodeficiencies and autoimmunity.

Course Expectations

Competency will be assessed through written examinations covering the lecture material and reading assignments. Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course.  Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.


  • Lecture format with supplemental reading assignments and web based material
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*last updated: 12/1/2014

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