Biomedical Science


Lecture, 4.50 ECTS


Course content

General foundations of medical microbiology; structure, physiology, genetics and taxonomy of prokaryonts, eukaryonts and viruses, methods of detection and identification, foundations of antimicrobial chemotherapy; pathogenesis, clinical picture, epidemiology, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of clinically relevant bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites; areas of application such as veterinary medicine, environmental and food hygiene.

Learning outcomes

The students have a sound knowledge of clinically relevant infection causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. They know selected methods of hospital and food hygiene and can apply specific hygiene measures. They carry out tests in the medical microbiological analysis process, can choose suitable differentiation methods for selected pathogens, explain and interpret the results of analysis. The students are able to apply special measures of quality assurance in microbiological diagnostics.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Delost, M.D., 2014. Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences. Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Ford, M., 2014. Medical Microbiology, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.
Ford, M., 2019. Medical Microbiology, 3rd ed. Oxford University Press.
Hof, H., Schlüter, D., Bruder, D. (Eds.), 2019. Medizinische Mikrobiologie, 7th ed. Thieme.
Kayser, F.H. (Ed.), 2010. Taschenlehrbuch Medizinische Mikrobiologie, 12th ed. Thieme.
Mahon, C.R., Lehman, D.C. (Eds.), 2018. Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, 6th ed. Elsevier.
Neumeister, B., Geiss, H.K., Braun, R., Kimmig, P. (Eds.), 2009. Mikrobiologische Diagnostik: Bakteriologie - Mykologie - Virologie - Parasitologie, 2nd ed. Thieme.
Pommerville, J.C., 2017. Fundamentals of Microbiology, 11th ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Procop, G.W., 2017. Koneman’s Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer Health.
Riedel, S. (Ed.), 2019. Jawetz Melnick & Adelbergs Medical Microbiology, 28th ed. McGraw-Hill Education.
Strelkauskas, A., Edwards, A., Fahnert, B., Pryor, G., Strelkauskas, J., 2015. Microbiology: A Clinical Approach, 2nd ed. Garland Science/Taylor & Francis Group.
Suerbaum, S., Burchard, G.-D., Kaufmann, S.H.E., Schulz, T.F. (Eds.), 2020. Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Infektiologie, 9th ed. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Tille, P., 2017. Bailey & Scott’s diagnostic microbiology, 14th ed. Elsevier.
Vonberg, R., Haese, C., 2018. Medizinische Mikrobiologie für Dummies. Wiley VCH Verlag GmbH.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

methods of biomedical analysis

Assessment methods and criteria

test at the end of the course