Learning outcomes of the course unit
Acquisition of the essential knowledge about the general characters of
etiologic agents of infectious diseases (bacteria, fungi, helminths,
protozoa, viruses), host-pathogen interactions and pathogenesis of
infectious diseases, prophylaxis and therapy (notes), drug-resistance
mechanisms, nosocomial infections.
Course contents summary
Introduction: microorganisms and viruses. 1. Virology. Morphological and
structural characteristics of viruses. Viral replicative cycle. Virus
cultivation. Common human viral diseases. 2. Bacteriology. The general
characters of bacteria. Host-microbe interactions. Normal flora of
humans. Microbial pathogenicity. Important pathogenic bacteria.
Antimicrobial agents. 3. Parasitology. The general characters of protozoa.
Common human protozoa infecting tissues and blood, intestinal and urogenital
tracts. Helminths (notes). 4. Mycology. General characters of
fungi. Classification of mycoses. Common human mycoses. Antifungal
agents. 5. Laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. Pre-analytical
phase: sample collection. Detection and identification of the etiologic
agent. Antibody detection. Methods for antibacterial and antifungal
Harvey R.A., Champe P.C., Fisher B.D. Le basi della microbiologia Con
approfondimenti clinici. Zanichelli
Assessment methods and criteria