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autumn 2014

MBI-3005 Normalflora/infection/inflammation - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 20.01.2016

The course is provided by

Faculty of Health Sciences


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1st of June.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 15th of April.

Type of course

This course can be taken as part of Master of Science in Biomedicine or Master's Degree program in Biomedical Laboratory Science.

The course may also be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites: bachelor degree in biomedicine or a bachelors degree in medical laboratory sciences, or other bachelor degree that covers biochemistry, cell biology, immunology and general microbiology.


Application code: 9371 (Nordic applicants).

Course content

The course will describe examples of microorganism that infect human and cause acute or persistent infection, or colonization. The human body will be divided into different niches, and examples of microorganisms which colonize/cause infection and/or inflammation in the particular niche will be given.

More specifically, the course will include;

1) an introduction to pathogenic bacteria and viruses

2) definitions of various concepts (normal flora, infection, inflammation, colonization, mutualism, commensalism, parasitism etc).

3) description of how microorganisms may live in peaceful coexistence or infect skin, gastrointestinal tract, upper and lower respiratory tract, blood stream and various organs.

4) examples of how microorganisms can evade the host immune system

5) descriptions of the principles of antimicrobial and antiviral therapy


Objectives of the course

The student should be able to describe how some microorganisms (bacteria or virus) can live in peaceful coexistence with the host, while other cause infections and/or inflammation. The student should be able to give examples of mircroorganisms of each type for a given tissue. The student should be able to describe human inflammatory responses, and to explain different means of bacterial and viral immune evasion.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course is adjusted to flexible studies with net based teaching and two obligatory sessions (meetings) during the semester. The first session is temporarily scheduled for week 34 and includes a course presentation and basic lectures. The second session is scheduled for week 45 and includes the student seminars and a final colloquium. The week and date for the meetings may change, but students will get notice in reasonable time berfor the course starts. The main teaching will be net based at Fronter including lectures, colloquial exercises and checkpoints.


Written net based exam graded alphabetically A-F. Coursework requirements Each student will prepare and perform an oral presentation of a selected subject for the rest of the group during the student seminars. A re-sit exam will be arranged early in the following semester, for candidates who failed the exam.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Information about syllabus/reading will be given when the course starts.


Andersen, Anine Therese

Telefon: +4777645363 anine.t.andersen@uit.no

Johanna U Ericson Sollid

Professor, prodekan forskning og innovasjon
Telefon: +4777644663 johanna.e.sollid@uit.no