BIOL 4728 Bacterial Pathogenesis 3/0/3
Prerequisite: BIOL 3310
Bacterial Pathogenesis introduces students to the field of medical microbiology and the study of infectious disease. Topics covered include a discussion of environmental and host factors involved in bacterial infection and disease, an introduction to epidemiology and nosocomial infections, an overview of innate and acquired host defenses, and an extensive survey of bacterial pathogens with special emphasis on virulence factors and molecular mechanisms underlying disease processes. An online, virtual laboratory component will focus on methods routinely used to isolate, culture, and identify bacterial pathogens.