Course Goals: This course is designed to introduce basic concepts in microbiology and medical microbiology.  You will become familiar with important microbial pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, with regard to their biological characteristics, epidemiology, mechanisms and routes of transmission, pathogenesis and immunity, host response, control and prevention.

Learning Objectives:

1) Identify important human pathogens based on their morphology and other characteristics.

2) Understand growth and reproduction of various pathogens and the mechanisms by which they cause disease.

3) Acquire practical knowledge of public health measures to limit the spread of infectious diseases and reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections.

4) Recognize causative agents and symptoms of major bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoal diseases of humans

5) Understand the benefits of microorganisms in our daily lives.

6) Recognize the appropriate use of antibiotics, their mechanism, and how antibiotic resistance emerges.

7) Disseminate information regarding microorganisms to the general public in an effective and understandable manner.

These learning objectives support Goals I, II, and IV of the UT Baccalaureate Experience, which can be found on page 41 of the University of Tampa catalog (

I. To learn to communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, listening and observing, so as to acquire develop and convey ideas and information.

II. To examine issues rationally, logically and coherently.

IV. To understand the foundations of science, scientific methods and the impact of science upon society.

Microbiology for Allied Health: BIO183

Microbiology for Allied Health

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