Medical Microbiology


This curricular unit aims to provide knowledge on microbial species in the context of Human Health related to Infectious Diseases. It will include the study of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa and it will discuss current topics, such as antibiotic resistance, threats to public health and to global health. Knowledge in the methods of diagnosis of infections and therapies will also be acquired.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ligia Raquel Mendonça Faria Marques Saraiva Teixeira


Weekly - 2

Total - 28

Teaching language



Basic knowledge on Microbiology


Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Pfaller MA. Medical Microbiology, 8th Edition Elsevier (2016)

David Greenwood. Medical microbiology: a guide to microbial infections, pathogenesis, immunity, laboratory diagnosis and control, 17th Edition (2007)

Teaching method

 The student is expected to broaden their knowledge in the area of Microbiology Medica by acquiring new know-how and developing a critical thinking for the application of microbiology in infectious diseases.

The programmatic content addresses several aspects considered essential to understand the microbiology that sustains infectious diseases. The unit is organized into six themes, each one presented in theoretical/practical classes. The selected topics are presented throughout the curricular unit and aim to obtain knowledge of the different types of pathogens and associated infections. The inclusion of studies on clinical case will allow the student to correlate and contextualize the acquired information.

The teaching will be in English and Portuguese.

Evaluation method


Final exame 

•Approval requires a final average grade of 9.50.

Subject matter

1) Human Microbiome

2) Metals in Microbiology

3) Emergent bacterial diseases- epidemiology, incidence, transmission and resistance.

4) Viral pathogens and associated diseases

5) Fungal pathogens and parasitic infections

6) Introduction to medical entomology

7) Diagnostic methods and antimicrobial therapy


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