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Dental Curriculum Threads

Invaders and Defenders

Course Director: Whasun “Sun” Oh Chung
Credits: 5
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn/ 1

Course Overview

Students will analyze critical concepts of microbiology and immunology, in both health and disease, using content-specific language. By the completion of this course, they will be able to interpret the manifestations of host-immune and pathogen responses in common infections of global health that impact dentistry. Classes will include large-group lectures and small-group discussions of case-based studies.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Analyze common diagnostic results of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.
2. Analyze factors that contribute to the expanding impact of infectious diseases on interdependent health communities locally and globally.
3. Apply evidence-based approaches to the management and prevention of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.
4. Describe the characteristics of antimicrobials, their mechanisms of action, mechanisms of resistance, and adverse effects including allergy.
5. Compare normal innate and adaptive immune mechanisms used to recognize, control, and clear pathogens.
6. Apply the clinical features, cells, and soluble mediators of inflammation to an explanation of beneficial and deleterious inflammatory responses.
7. Compare normal and abnormal immune mechanisms that mediate tolerance, autoimmunity, and allergy.
8. Relate the macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of the lymphoid system to how cells and proteins of the immune system traffic and interact in the lymphoid system to generate an immune response.

UWSOD Competencies: C-03, C-08, C-11, C-12, C-15, C-17, C-24, C-30, C-31

Date last updated: 2023-11-21