Course Overview

This course will focus on aspects of microbiology that pertain to human health. Beginning with the basics of microbiological science including the structure, taxonomy, biochemistry, and physiology of microorganisms, the student will learn to associate these concepts with human infectious disease and pathogenesis. Epidemiology, diagnostics, and antimicrobial paradigms in healthcare facilities will also be explored. 

Note: This course is a lecture only. If needed, please register for the accompanying lab (HMBIO-455) separately.

TypeOnline, Semi-synchronous Lecture
FacultySandra Buerger, PhD
Credits3 undergraduate
OfferedFall, Spring, Summer
PrerequisitesHBIO-450, equivalent, or consent of instructor. 
Cost$1,620.00 (Fees included)


Fall Registration Open

6/4/24 - 9/5/24

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous - there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a. general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Learning checkpoints

Other Assignments

  • Exams
  • Case studies
  • Research summaries

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-15
  • Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cell Structure
  • Microbial Growth
  • Bacteria and Archaea
  • Viruses, Viroids and Prions
  • Fungal Diseases
  • Prokaryotic Diseases
  • Helminth Diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology
  • Disorders of the Immune System
  • Antimicrobial Drugs
  • Diseases of the Body Systems

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Recommended

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Sandra Buerger

Adjunct Associate Professor Team Lead for Science Lab Prerequisites Lecturer, Biology 1 & Microbiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions Term Lecturer

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