spring 2021
MBI-3014 Infection, inflammation and immunity - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries:  1. December

Type of course

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine, but is also open for single course students who meet the admission requirements.

Admission requirements

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine.

The course can be taken as a singular course by students with a Bachelor´s degree in Biomedicine or similar (180 ECTS).

Recommended prerequisites: Basic knowledge at University Bachelor level in animal/human immunology and microbiology.

Application deadline for nordic applicants is 1st of December. Applicationcode: 9371

Admission requirements: see admission requirements for the Masterprogram in biomedicine

Course content

The course includes the following main topics:

  • Infectious agents and treatment strategies
  • Host responses to various types of infection
  • Bacterial and viral immune evasion
  • Sterile inflammation and autoimmunity
  • Histopathology of inflammation

Objectives of the course

After the course, the students should be able to:


  • discuss central characteristics of viral, bacterial, and eukaryotic infectious agents
  • explain what is meant by the human microbiome, and give examples of how the human microbiome may be linked to disease
  • discuss the theoretical background of treatment strategies to infectious agents, including antibiotics and emergence of antimicrobial resistance, and alternative antimicrobial strategies.
  • explain immune responses to infections caused by bacteria, virus, and eukaryotic organisms
  • discuss mechanisms used by bacterial and viral agents to evade the host immune system
  • explain and discuss causes and hallmarks of sterile inflammation and autoimmunity
  • describe the basic histopathological features of inflammation caused by bacteria, virus, eukaryotic organisms, and autoimmunity



  • can analyze and assess different information sources about a course topic in a critical manner
  • identify basic histological features of inflammation in tissue sections


General proficiency:

  • discuss ethical issues related to treatment of infectious agents/antimicrobial treatment
  • communicate about topics in infection, inflammation, and immunity for peers both orally, and in writing

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, group work, seminars and lab exercise.


Written exam (4h). Grade A-F (F-Fail)

Coursework requirements:

The following coursework must be completed in order to attend the written exam:

  • Participation in the groupwork and seminars
  • Participation in the laboratory exercise, including introductory lectures
  • Completion of all tests that are arranged during the semester

A re-sit exam/postponed exam will be arranged early in the following semester, for candidates who failed the exam or who, for valid reasons, were unable to attend.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: MBI-3014