PATH 467 (3 cr): Basic Microbiology for Infection Control

This course is delivered online in a Problem-Based Learning format.

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Jacquie Sarna, Access Studies student

“My microbiology course from Nursing was pre-HIV! I needed to update my knowledge.”

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Prerequisite: instructor permission required.

Course Duration

This course is 20 weeks in length (January through May) and extends beyond the regular UBC semester. If this is a concern for graduation, financial loans, or other deadlines you should not take the course. No exceptions or provisions will be made for early completion of the course.

Course Description

Pathology 467 introduces students to pathogenic organisms and the diseases they produce. Information from this course should provide a basis for improving patient care and infection control practices.

Course topics include microbial classification and structure, principles of disinfection and sterilization, laboratory identification of gram negative cocci, classification and identification of gram negative bacilli, infection control aspects of parasitic infestations and fungal infestations.

Intended Student

This course will be of interest to nurses, laboratory technologists, infection control practitioners, upper-level undergraduate science majors, or physicians who want or need further background in this area.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge in:

  • Common microbial pathogens and the infections they cause;
  • Basic principles of sterilization and disinfection;
  • Common microbial pathogens causing hospital acquired infections.

Course Outline

  1. Introductory Microbiology & Infection Control
  2. Antibiotics and Disinfection
  3. Gram-Positive Cocci, Skin and Wound Infections, Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Endocarditis
  4. Gram-Negative Cocci, STD, and Meningitis
  5. Anaerobes, Gram-Positive Bacilli, and Mycobacteria
  6. Gram-Negative Bacilli, Gastroenteritis, Urinary Tract Infections, and Zoonoses
  7. Bacteremia, Nosocomial, and Fungal Infections
  8. Parasites, HIV, and Infections in the Compromised Host
  9. Virology

Course Evaluation

Students will be assessed on their participation in the interactive learning process, as well as their performance on the midterm and final exams. Assessment breakdown is as follows:

  • Participation = 20%
  • Paper = 20%
  • Final exam = 60%


Mims et al, Medical Microbiology 5th edition.

Students must also have access to:

  • Red Book, 2015 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 30th Ed. ISBN: 9781581109269; and
  • Heymann, D. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Ed. ISBN: 9780875530185

PATH467 Textbook Order Form


Dr. Frederick Roberts: Dr. Roberts is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and holds BA and MD degrees.

Dr. Aleksandra Stefanovic, FRCPC Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, Clinical Instructor, UBC

Dr. Ghada Al-Rawahi MD, DTM&H (London), D (ABMM), FRCPC Clinical Assistant Professor

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