- Approximately 25% of all
deaths worldwide are due to infectious diseases, and in some countries this
number approaches 50%.
- New infectious diseases,
such as HIV and SARS, are continually emerging and old diseases such as
tuberculosis are re-emerging.
- Across the globe
infectious diseases account for greater than 60% of the deaths of children less
than four years of age.
- Governments are spending
billions to combat the threat of bioterrorism.
Microbiology concerns microbiological aspects of human and animal infection by
pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, all of the above
statements represent areas of great concern to the field of Clinical
Of primary interest to the
field of Clinical Microbiology are the topics of diagnosis and epidemiology of
infectious disease, the life cycles and behaviors of infectious agents, and the
interactions of infectious agents with the immune system.
Microbiology Masters of Science Program at the University of Wisconsin – La
Crosse offers unique and specialized training in the fight to control
infectious disease. It is a collaborative program involving UW-La Crosse, Gundersen Health System, Marshfield Clinic and the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene. Advanced microbiology course work and clinical laboratory rotations prepare
students for careers in Clinical Microbiology. Students who complete the
program are eligible to secure Specialist Microbiologist (SM-AAM) certification
from the American Academy of Microbiology. Course work is at the University of
Wisconsin – La Crosse and the clinical laboratory rotations are conducted at:
combination of classroom education, clinical rotations and research experience
will prepare students for a wide variety of career opportunities.