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Core Curriculum

MIC 500 - Introduction to Clinical Microbiology (2 credits)

This course will explore career opportunities within clinical microbiology including public health, diagnostic testing, pharmaceutical sales, and basic research and development. Discussion will focus on academic and professional requirements for each career track. The course will also cover introductory material relevant to the clinical microbiologist, including laboratory management, infection control, diagnostic techniques and communication skills. Offered by resident faculty and visiting lecturers. Prerequisite: MIC 230 or equivalent. Offered Semester I.

MIC 454/545 - Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity (2 credits)

The study of mechanisms of microbial pathogenicity including both overt microbial factors and complex interactions with the host that produce symptoms of disease. The cellular, biochemical, molecular, and genetic bases for modern understanding of microbial disease will be included. Prerequisite: MIC 406/506 or equivalent. Offered Semester II, odd years.

MIC 751 - Graduate Seminar (1 credit)

Students research and present a formal seminar on a selected topic in biology or microbiology. Students are also expected to actively participate in discussion of other seminar presentations. Repeatable for credit (maximum 2). Offered Semester I and II.

MIC 753 - Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (2 credits)

This course examines the causes, distribution, control, and prevention of infectious disease in human populations. Basic epidemiological concepts, including study design, analysis, and modeling of infectious disease data, establishing causal relationships, detecting confounding factors, and assessing risk will be presented.Emphasis will be placed on issues of special interest to the clinical epidemiologist including laboratory diagnosis and microbiological, serological, and molecular techniques used during outbreak investigations. Prerequisites: MIC 407/507 or equivalent; MTH 145 or 250 or HED 755. Offered Semester II, even years.

MIC 755 - Advanced Immunology (2 credits)

An in-depth study of advanced topics in immunology, primarily focusing on the genetics, mechanisms, and regulation of the immune system. In addition, the immune response during a variety of disease conditions (infectious and non-infectious) will be discussed. Prerequisite: MIC 406/506 or equivalent. Offered Semester I, odd years.

MIC 761 - Research and Seminar in Microbiology (2 credits)

In-depth literature review of a current research topic in microbiology. As part of the requirements for this course and for the degree each student must complete an acceptable seminar paper under the direction of an assigned faculty member. Not applicable to thesis track students.

MIC 799 - Research: Master's Thesis (1 - 6 credits)

Independent research in microbiology on a problem selected for a thesis under the direction of an assigned faculty major advisor. For thesis track students, a maximum of six credits are applicable to the degree.

Laboratory Rotations

A primary component of the Clinical Microbiology program is its rotations at several healthcare institutions. These laboratory rotations, made possible through collaborations with Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Marshfield Laboratories/St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, provides students with valuable comprehensive experience in clinical microbiology, molecular diagnostics, and public health microbiology.Please note that there are special cost fees associated with these courses. For the 2014/2015 academic year these fees are as follows: $1791 for MIC 770, $1433 for MIC 780 and $717 for MIC 790.

MIC 770 - Clinical Microbiology Practicum I (5 credits)

Students spend at least 8 full-time weeks (40 hrs/wk) in the clinical laboratories at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center where they receive training and hands-on experience in clinical microbiology, immunology, parasitology, mycology, and virology. In addition, students will actively participate with physicians, residents, and medical students in weekly infectious disease rounds and journal club. A special course fee applies.

MIC 780 - Clinical Microbiology Practicum II (4 credits)

Students spend at least 6 full-time weeks (40 hrs/wk) in the clinical laboratories at Marshfield Laboratories/St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic. Training will include hands-on experience with state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques. Specific exercises involving molecular epidemiology and infection control will be emphasized. Students will also participate in weekly infectious disease rounds and journal club. A special course fee applies.

MIC 790 - Clinical Microbiology Practicum III (2 credits)

Students spend at least 2 full-time weeks (40 hrs/wk) at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene for public health training in mycobacteriology, sexually transmitted diseases, food- and water-borne diseases, and community-acquired respiratory illness surveillance. Emphasis will be on prevention and control programs and outbreak responses currently in place at the Wisconsin Department of Health. A special course fee applies.


Students may choose from the following elective courses to complement their career goals or satisfy academic deficiencies. Elective courses will be agreed upon by the student and the students advisory committee. Students may be required to take additional elective courses based on recommendations from their committee. Course descriptions for electives can be found in the Biology or Microbiology Course Catalogues.

BIO 506 - Parasitology (4 credits)
BIO 512 - Mycology (3 credits)
BIO 513 - Medical Mycology (3 credits)
BIO 535 - Molecular Biology (3 credits)
BIO 536 - Molecular Biology Laboratory (2 credits)
BIO 549 - Advanced Microscopy (3 credits)
BIO 701 - Communication in the Biological Sciences (4 credits)
CLI 540 - Clinical Parisitology (1 credit)
MIC 516 - Microbial Genetics (5 credits)
MIC 520 - Virology (3 credits)
MIC 521 - Virology Laboratory (2 credits)
MIC 525 - Bacterial Physiology (5 credits)
MIC 526 - Food Microbiology (4 credits)
MIC 540 - Bioinformatics (2 credits)
MIC 555 - Field and Laboratory Methods in Vector-borne and Zoonotic Disease
Research (3 credits)
CHM 517 - Biochemistry I (3 credits)
CHM 518 - Biochemistry II (3 credits)
HED 755 - Epidemiology and Public Health Issues (3 credits)

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