This course will emphasize the pivotal balance between microbial mechanisms of virulence and host defenses. The course will begin with an overview of the disease process and the types of pathogens. Mechanisms used by pathogens to overcome or inactivate host defenses will be emphasized throughout the course. The remaining portion of the course will be comprised of units covering selected baterial, viral, protozoan, and fungal pathogens. The course will conclude with a study on the evolution and emergence of infectious diseases. Students will research and complete a project. This course may be delivered in a blended or online format.