Medical Microbiology Lectures and Courses

Microbes, parasites and your body's response to infectious diseases are just a few of the topics you'll explore in medical microbiology lectures and courses. Find out about on-campus and online classes on disease-causing microorganisms, and get information on laboratory work. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Can I Learn in Medical Microbiology Lectures and Courses?

In medical microbiology lectures and classes, you learn about microscopic living organisms that cause infections and diseases. While you may study microorganisms in general microbiology courses, in medical microbiology classes, you'll concentrate on how microorganisms impact human health.

These microorganisms, also known as 'bugs' or microbes, include parasites, fungi, toxin-producing bacteria and viruses. They cause diseases ranging from measles and influenza to malaria and the common cold, as well as bacterial infections, including salmonella, strep throat and E. coli.

How Will I Learn About the Disease Process?

Medical microbiology classes teach you how microbes exist and multiply in the 'host' body and how they evolve into diseases in a process known as pathogenesis. In addition, you learn how the human body responds to microorganisms through its immune system. Medical microbiology courses that focus on patient care will also teach you how to recognize symptoms and investigate treatment options.

In addition to lectures and classes, you may participate in 'dry' labs, where you'll use mathematical analysis to project the outcome of computer-simulated experiments. In some classes, especially those in medical school, you may also practice diagnosing and treating infections through the use of computer programs and tutorials that present patient case studies. Course topics typically include:

  • Detecting fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral infections
  • Understanding microbial disease mechanisms
  • Recognizing infectious disease patterns
  • Treatments using antimicrobial agents and therapy
  • Identification of normal bacteria
  • Principles of host-parasite relationships
  • Medical microbiology terminology

Where Can I Take Classes?

You can take medical microbiology classes and lectures as part of undergraduate and graduate degree programs at community colleges, colleges and universities, or as individual courses through continuing education programs at extension schools.

As an undergraduate, you can take microbiology classes through associate degree programs in fields such as medical laboratory technology. You can also study microbiology in bachelor's degree programs in nursing, pre-med and biological sciences.

You can take graduate-level medical microbiology classes in medical school and through various research-oriented master's and doctoral degree programs, such as a Master of Science in Medical Sciences with a concentration in medical microbiology. Medical microbiology classes at the graduate level are often combined with studies in immunology, pathology and infectious diseases.

What Online Resources Can I Use?

Some campus-based medical microbiology courses use Web-based resources to facilitate learning, such as tutorials, electronic texts and discussion boards where you can ask questions that will be answered by faculty. At some schools, you'll also communicate directly with your course instructor via e-mail and receive notices about your class, as well as lecture handouts and other documents through the school's Web-based course content delivery system.

Medical microbiology courses that are offered entirely online are rare; however, several schools offer online courses in the related fields of general microbiology and immunology. To take an online course, you'll need a computer with Internet access, a school-based e-mail address and the ability to download documents and view materials online. Though you can view lectures and complete assignments via the Internet, you may be required to take proctored exams at a designated location.

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