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Through a comprehensive presentation of medical microbiology and immunology, the student is introduced to the fundamental characteristics of pathogenic microorganisms and immune mechanisms. Using an organ-system approach, students receive the information necessary for an understanding of the factors that make microbes pathogenic. Pertinent information for various diseases includes the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic procedures, and necessary methods for prevention and control. A separate course in immunology explores the immune system. The roles of cells and molecules in the protection of the human host as well as their roles in immunologically mediated disorders are explored. Insight into the mechanisms that provide effective defense from infection and malignancy is emphasized.