Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases


  1. To describe the different types of (viral) licensed vaccines and their advantages and disadvantages;

  2. To understand the scientific grounds of contemporary methodologies used in the development and production of new vaccines;

  3. To explain the scientific basis of therapeutic interventions against viral diseases and antiviral-drug resistance mechanisms;

  4. To describe the mechanisms of action of antibiotics and associated resistance mechanisms;

  5. To name antibiotic sensitivity tests and to describe their fundamentals;

  6. To perform antibiotic sensitivity tests and to interpret their results;

  7. To understand the principles of antimicrobial therapy and to discuss consequences of antibiotic misuse;

  8. To recognize new approaches to the monitoring and control of hospital infection.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Isabel Maria dos Santos Leitão Couto, João Mário Brás da Piedade


Weekly - 1

Total - 19

Teaching language



Not applicable.


Ashiru-Oredope D, Hopkins S (2015). Antimicrobial resistance: moving from professional engagement to public action. J Antimicrob Chemother. 70:2927-30.

Chang HH, et al. (2015). Origin and proliferation of multiple-drug resistance in bacterial pathogens. Microbiol Mol Biol Rev. 79:101-16.

Flint SJ, et al. (2009). Principles of Virology, ASM Press, Washington DC, 3rd Ed (vol. II).

Loomis RJ, Johnson PR (2015). Emerging vaccine technologies. Vaccines (Basel). 3:429-47.

Lorian V (2005). Antibiotics in laboratory medicine. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, USA, 5th Ed.

Zhu JD, et al. (2015). Broad-spectrum antiviral agents. Front Microbiol. 6:517.

Teaching method

Lectures, theoretical-practical classes, practical classes and tutorials.

Evaluation method

Final written exam of multiple choice questions, covering theoretical and practical contents.

Subject matter



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