Course Info: NS-0245

CourseNS-0245 Pathogens: the Microbes Making
Long TitlePathogens: The Microbes Making Us Sick
Note(s) Textbook information
Meeting InfoCole Science Center 333 on T,TH from 12:30-1:50
FacultyMegan Dobro
Cumulative Skill(s)Independent Work
Multiple Cultural Perspectives
Quantitative Skills
Additional InfoIn this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.

Infectious diseases have killed billions of humans throughout history and have the potential to wipe us out completely, whether emerging naturally or from bioterrorism. Students read primary literature and popular science media to explore the molecular mechanisms and social impacts of medically important microorganisms. Topics were wide-ranging and interdisciplinary (e.g., nanoweapons inside microbes, how epidemics emerge, antibiotic resistance, diagnostic technology, social and political factors that contribute to human vulnerability, and public misinformation). This course offered students a deeper look into medical microbiology with information about the social factors of disease.