Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology

Goal of this course – Microbiology & Immunology - is to provide basic knowledge about microorganisms to learn and understand infectious diseases and the biological basis of their protective immune response, in order to foster a student’s ability to solve problems in their future clinical years.

The course objectives are:

  • Knowledge
  • Understand the concepts of basic immune mechanisms in the body and diseases caused due to its imbalance;
  • Define principles of microbial taxonomy, structure, physiology, genetics, immunology and pathogenesis;
  • Develop a knowledge of microbial organisms and their relevance of infectious diseases and its laboratory diagnosis;
  • Understand the principles of prevention and treatment of pathogenic microorganism infection in humans.
  • Skills
  • Familiarize with basic laboratory skills to diagnose infections, including appropriate specimen collection and selection of tests;
  • Understand the principles of the laboratory tests in diagnosis and identification of pathogenic microorganisms
  • Integration
  • Appreciate the importance of microbiology in other clinical disciplines like infectious diseases, public health etc.

Programs & Courses :  This course is taught in 2 different years –  2nd Year (Pre-med – MD2) and  4th year (pre-clinical MD4) of the 6  year MD program.

  • 2nd Year (MD 2)
  • BIOL 326 -  Introduction to Medical Microbiology ( Fall semester)
  • BIOL 327 -  Immunology and Infectious diseases ( Spring semester)

This Pre-med – Microbiology & Immunology course - is aimed at providing an orientation to Medical Microbiology and Immunology and provide a foundation in clinical microbiology & immunology for their further study. 

  • 4th Year (MD 4)
  • MICB 501 – Immunity, Infection and Disease

This pre-clinical full-year course builds on the initial knowledge gained during the 3rd year course and imparts study on clinically relevant microorganisms, understand the pathogenic mechanisms, important clinical features and chemotherapy, evaluate microbiological laboratory data, learn infection control practices and understand human immune response to infection and important immunological disorders.

Teaching facilities:  The course uses the basic college teaching-learning facilities including the multi-media lecture halls, small rooms for discussion or tutorial, students’ practical hall, college library and e-library facility and the central examination hall.

The Sohar regional hospital microbiology laboratory is actively involved to provide treated clinical samples and slides for students practical and learning activities.

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