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Introduction to Infectious Disease

Course Overview

Understanding bacterial pathogenesis demands understanding the host response as well as the pathogen itself. Both of these perspectives provide potential strategies for solving important clinical problems. To elucidate these distinct aspects of microbial pathogenesis requires an interdisciplinary approach, integrating the fields of microbiology, eukaryotic cell biology, immunology, and genomics. Many recent developments have expanded our understanding of microbial pathogenesis and the host response to infection. The insights have important implications for both the treatment of microbial diseases and the development of new treatments for microbial diseases. Because these issues are so pervasive, this course has relevance to medical students as well as graduate students and students planning to work in public health related fields.

Course Goals and Objectives

The faculty strive to:

  1. Provide medical students with a broad-based foundation in the basic concepts of medical Microbiology.
  2. Prepare students for entry into the clinical curriculum.
  3. Provide students with an introduction to Infectious Diseases that will sustain them throughout their medical careers.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain relationships and apply appropriate terminology relating to the structure, metabolism, genetics, and ecology of prokaryotic microorganisms, eukaryotic microorganisms, and viruses.
  2. Explain interactions between opportunistic and pathogenic microorganisms and susceptible hosts in contacts that result in infection and/or disease and apply these interactions to disease symptoms.
  3. Explain innate and adaptive immune responses and apply this understanding to the infectious disease process as well as the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
  4. Explain principles of physical and chemical methods used in the control of microorganisms and apply this understanding to the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of clinical laboratory skills and techniques related to the isolation, staining, identification, assessment of metabolism, and control of microorganisms.
  6. Interpret and draw appropriate conclusions from laboratory results.
  7. Analyze and distinguish therapeutic treatments for microbial infections, and distinguish when a vaccine, antibiotic, or other therapy is likely to be the most appropriate response.
  8. Specify the role of ecology and evolution in the spread of infectious diseases, comparing the role of transmission, population size and susceptibility, and virulence in endemic disease, epidemic disease, emerging diseases, and bioterrorism
  9. Develop the ability to work both independently and with others in teams and study groups.
  10. Develop an information base for making personal health decisions in regard to infectious diseases.

Tulane’s Learning Objectives for medical students completing the second year can be found under:

Syllabus Also posted in TMedWeb

Contact Information

Course Director: Kerstin Höner zu Bentrup, Ph.D. 
Coordinator: Amy Pick
Office: 1430 Tulane Ave., Rm 5103
Office Phone: 504-988-4609
Fax: 504-988-5144 

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112