Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Graduate Level

DEPARTMENT GRADUATE COURSE OFFERINGS

MIC 541. Medical Microbiology and Immunology. 3 credits.

Introductory course focusing on foundations of general bacteriology and virology, antibacterial therapy and mechanisms of antibacterial resistance, infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, and the host defenses against these microorganisms. R, L. P: Second year Pharm.D. student or degree seeking graduate student. Upper level undergraduate or other students require approval from course director.

MIC 543. Essentials of Immunology. 3 credits.  

Lecture course covering the major areas of contemporary immunology including host resistance to infection, the chemistry of antigens and physiology of the immune system, immunogenetics and transplantation immunology, immunological techniques, tumor immunology, and immunopathology. P: MIC 541, or IC.

MIC 721. Foundations of Microbiology. 4 credits.

Lecture course that emphasizes (1) the foundations of general bacteriology and virology, (2) microorganisms of medical importance and the diseases, (3) antimicrobial, and (4) scientific logic for critical analysis of original research articles in the field. A required course for graduate students in the program.

MIC 733. Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis. 3 credits.  

Lectures, seminars, literature review, and group discussion concerning mechanisms by which microorganisms cause disease. P: MIC 617 or IC.

MIC 735. Diagnostic Microbiology. 4 credits.

Laboratory and conferences which deal with selection of clinical specimens for diagnosis, isolation of pathogenic microorganisms and preparation of media for their growth. 4 R. L arr. P: IC.

MIC 739. Bacterial Physiology. 3 credits.

Study of molecular, cellular, and genetic processes in bacteria. Includes molecular structure and function, cell division, synthesis of macromolecules, and metabolism.

MIC 740. Host Defense. 3 credits.

The student will be provided with the information to have a clear understanding of various subject areas, including antigen recognition, development of B& T cells, constitutive host defenses, immunopathology, inflammation, transplantation, allergy, and tumor immunology. Lecture presentations, assigned reading and computer-aided instruction. P: MIC 541, MIC 617 or IC.

MIC 745. Cellular and Molecular Immunology. 3 credits.  

This course will focus on the basic and clinical aspects of cellular and molecular immunology. 2 R&L arr. P: MIC 740 or IC.

MIC 746. Advanced Immunology. 3 credits.

Lectures and conferences providing a coordinated and detailed account of current immunology at an advanced level. Students will be expected to familiarize themselves with the original literature, and emphasis will be given to the more rapidly progressing areas. 3 R&L arr. P: MIC 543 or IC.

MIC 749. Molecular Virology. 3 credits.

Study of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of viruses. Selected topics will include such areas of investigation as cultivation and identification, replication, host-virus interactions, interference, and viral oncogenesis. P: MIC 617 or IC.

MIC 753. Advanced Antimicrobial Agents And Chemotherapy. 3 credits.

Chemistry, pharmacology, and biology of antibiotic substances and their use in therapy of infectious diseases. P: MIC 617 or IC.

MIC 790. Current Topics in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. 2 credits.

Lectures and literature discussion covering recent advances in the fields of microbiology, immunology, and virology, with roughly a third of the course devoted to each field of study. P: MIC 541, MIC 617.

MIC 791. Department Seminar And Teaching. 1 credit.

The student is required to register each semester of his/her residence. The maximum credit applicable toward a degree is two for the M.S.; six for the Ph.D. This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

MIC 793. Directed Independent Readings: Selected Topics In Medical Microbiology And Immunology. 1-4 credits.  

Conferences and reading assignments providing an opportunity for in-depth study of recent developments and associated problems in carefully selected and highly specialized areas of medical microbiology such as parasitology, mycology, clinical microbiology, pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology and public health.

MIC 795. Directed Independent Study. 4 credits.

MIC 797. Directed Independent Research for Master's Degree Students. 1-8 credits.

Investigative work on selected subject. (Non-thesis research optional). L&R arr.

MIC 799. Master's Thesis. 1-6 credits.  

Research, under departmental supervision, in connection with the preparation of the Master's thesis. Student must register for this course in any term when engaged in formal preparation of the Master's thesis; however, six credit hours are the maximum applicable toward the degree.

MIC 893. Directed Independent Readings: Selected Advanced Topics In Medical Microbiology And Immunology. 1-4 credits.  

Conferences and reading assignments providing an opportunity for in-depth study of recent developments and associate problems in carefully selected and highly specialized areas of medical microbiology such as parasitology, mycology, clinical microbiology, pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology and public health.

MIC 897. Directed Independent Research for Doctoral Students. 1-8 credits.  

Investigative work on a selected subject.

MIC 899. Doctoral Dissertation. 1-6 credits.

Research, under departmental supervision, in connection with the preparation of the doctoral dissertation. Student must register for this course in any term when engaged in formal preparation of the doctoral dissertation; however, 20 credit hours are the maximum applicable toward the degree.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE COURSE OFFERINGS

IDC 601. Responsible Conduct of Research. 1 credit.

This required course for students in the graduate programs at Creighton University School of Medicine is designed to introduce fundamental concepts, principles and guidelines regarding scientific integrity in biomedical research. Through readings, lectures, and case discussion students are given an opportunity to reflect on ways in which they can help foster and maintain responsible conduct in research. They also become acquainted with existing regulations, guidelines, ethical themes and on-line resources regarding the ethics of their profession.

IDC 625. Introduction to Biostatistics for the Biomedical Sciences. 3 credits.

This course will provide instruction on the common statistical methods used in biomedical science and their correct application to the design and analysis of research study questions, in-class assignments will be given for each class session based specifically on the material covered during lecture. Students will be allowed to work together to complete assignments, but must complete and submit their own work for credit. One comprehensive final exam will be given to evaluate student learning throughout the semester.

IDC 627. Research Methods. 3 credits.

Study of modern experimental methods, instrumentation, and bioinformatics tools and approaches used in biomedical research. Major course components include detection, analysis, and genetic manipulation of nucleic acids, antibody-based experimental techniques, generation, detection, and analysis of recombinant proteins, microscopy, and various experimental model systems. P: BMS 604, IDC 101, or approval.

IDC 701. Research Writing. 3 credits.

This course will provide instruction on grant preparation and strategy, using the NIH R21 as a model. Content will consider alternative sources of grant funding and be relevant to all research grant applications. Emphasis will be placed on writing clear English. IDC 627 or Approval of Instructor.

Professional Schools

IDC 107 - General Microbiology (School of Medicine)
Microbial cell structure and function, bacterial genetics and regulation, viral structure and multiplication genetics, basic concepts of pathogenesis. (first 6 weeks of second semester)

IDC 109 - Host Defense (School of Medicine)
Antigen recognition, development of B & T cells, constitutive host defenses, immunopathology, inflammation, transplantation, allergy, and tumor immunology. (first 6 weeks fo second semester)

IDC 223 - Infectious Disease (School of Medicine)
A study building upon IDC 107 exploring the clinical application of microbiology and immunology principles in the development, persistence, and spread of infectious disease as well as chemotherapeutic approaches to prevention and treatment.

MIC 141 - Microbiology (School of Nursing)
An introductory course, consisting of lectures, study groups, and computerized self-instruction, designed to provide nursing students with a basic knowledge of medical microbiology and immunology.

MIC 541 - Microbiology (School of Pharmacy)
An introduction to the field of medical microbiology and immunology for pharmacy students. Lectures focus on (1) the foundations of general bacteriology and virology, (2) antibacterial therapy and mechanisms of antibacterial resistance, (3) infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, and (4) the host defenses against these microorganisms.

ORB 211 - Oral Microbiology (School of Dentistry)
Microbiology and immunology related to dentistry. Normal flora, host defenses, diseases, microorganisms, and antimicrobial chemotherapy.