Skip to main content

Infectious Diseases (for Medical Science)


Infectious diseases occur as a result of interactions between microbial pathogens and their hosts. The Infectious Diseases minor is a multidisciplinary pathway of study that emphasizes how infectious agents interact with human hosts at the molecular, cellular, individual patient and community levels to cause disease. This minor begins with developing an understanding of the relevance of infectious diseases within the concept of `One Health' in which the multifactorial interrelationships between human, animal and environmental health are critical. The context of microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi and protists being beneficial for good health as well as effective causative agents of disease is central. The structural and functional cellular and molecular mechanisms that enable establishment and progression of infectious diseases are covered with a particular focus on: microbial virulence mechanisms; their capacity to evade the human response to injury and infection; their ability to cause tissue damage; and their resistance to antimicrobial therapy.

About this minor

Career pathways
Courses that offer this minor

To commence study in the year

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.