PATH 467

PATH 467 Basic Microbiology for Infection Control (3 credits)

**The course is 20 weeks in length and extends beyond the regular UBC semester. If this is a concern for financial loans or other deadlines (i.e. graduation) you should not take this course.
No exceptions or provisions are made for early completion of the course.

Course Outline:

PATH467 is designed as an introduction course to pathogenic organisms and the diseases they produce, and to provide a basis for improving patient care and infection control practices. The entire course will be delivered asynchronously online in a problem-based learning format. The course content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Introductory Microbiology & Infection Control
  • Antibiotics and Disinfection
  • Gram-Positive Cocci, Skin and Wound Infections, Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Endocarditis
  • Gram-Negative Cocci, STD, and Meningitis
  • Anaerobes, Gram-Positive Bacilli, and Mycobacteria
  • Gram-Negative Bacilli, Gastroenteritis, Urinary Tract Infections, and Zoonoses
  • Bacteremia, Nosocomial, and Fungal Infections
  • Parasites, HIV, and Infections in the Compromised Host
  • Virology


Students who complete the course will have gained knowledge in:

  • Common microbial pathogens and the infections they cause;
  • Basic principles of sterilization and disinfection;
  • Common microbial pathogens causing hospital acquired infections.


Students will be assessed on their participation in the interactive learning process, as well as their performance on the quizzes, paper and exam.  Assessment breakdown is as follows:

  • Participation = 20%
  • Written Paper = 20%
  • Quizzes = 20%
  • Final exam = 40%


Mims et al, Medical Microbiology 6th edition.

Students must also have access to:

  • Red Book, 2018 Report on the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 31st Ed., ISBN: 9781581109269
  • Heymann, D. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 21st Ed., 2022. ISBN: 9780875530185


Instructor permission required.


PATH467 is a 20-week course (Offered in January through May), which is beyond the regular UBC semester. Please note that there will be no exceptions or provisions made for early completion of the course.

Technical Requirements for the Course:

This is an online course. Click here for more information about Canvas.


The course outline is subject to change. The official outline for this course can be found within the course site.