Pathogens and Human Diseases – MSCI 680

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 08/19/2021

Course Description

A comprehensive study of microorganisms that cause human disease and the basic principles of pathogenesis, including the molecular basis of infectious disease, how microorganisms establish infections, gain nutrients, cause damage to the host and disease, evade host defense mechanisms.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course builds upon the framework established by introductory microbiology classes, focusing on those microorganisms responsible for important infections in humans. Diseases caused by the four main microbial communities are defined: viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. In addition to describing the microorganisms and diseases that they cause, the pathophysiology of these diseases and how body sites are altered in response to these infections are addressed.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be 450–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 1 biblical principle or scientific reference. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be 300–400 words.

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the previous and assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain a various number of true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short answer and essay questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.