00714 - Microbiology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The student should recognize main characteristics of the distinct groups of microorganisms, the principal diagnostic methods for identification of microorganisms, the antimicrobial therapy, pathogenetic mechanisms employed by microbes and host response. The student should also have specific knowledge on food-borne diseases, and on important blood-borne infections such as viral hepatitis and HIV infection.

Course contents

Characteristics of microorganisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa

Mechanisms of pathogenesis and host defenses. Gut microbiota.

Principle of microbiological diagnosis.

Antimicrobial drugs and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. Probiotics.

Generalities about transmission of foodborne diseases.

Bacterial foodborne infections, including zoonosis and ifection that are transmitted human to human.

Viral gastroenteritis: norovirus, rotavirus.

Parasitic infections of the intestinal tract transmitted by oro-fecal route. Other foodborne infections caused by parasites (toxoplasmosis).

Viral hepatitis caused by HAV, HBV, HCV, HDV and HEV.


Microbiologia e Microbiologia Clinica -per i corsi di laurea in professioni sanitarie-R. Cevenini, V. Sambri, Ed Piccin

Teaching methods

Lectures with the help of a video projector and PC

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools

In-class lectures will be supported by Power Point slides. Slides will be online available at the end of each lecture. The teaching material is available at

https://virtuale.unibo.it by using student's username and password

Office hours

See the website of Paola Dal Monte