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Infectious Diseases


Admission requirements

Immunology, Algemene Pathologie (General Pathology I) and General Pathology II


This module focuses on characteristics of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, which cause infectious diseases, on the interaction between micro-organisms and humans, and on the principles of diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Course objectives

  • You will be able to describe the roles of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, and of human defense mechanisms in the pathogenesis and signs and symptoms of infectious diseases.

  • You will be able to identify the diagnostic principles of infectious diseases and apply these to simple infection problems.

  • You will be able to identify the principles of treatment of infectious diseases and apply these to simple infection problems.

  • You will be able to explain epidemiological terms and apply these to simple epidemiological problems.

  • You will be able to give examples of infection prevention and control measures for specific infectious diseases.

Mode of instruction

Self-study guided by instructions and assignments in the module book is an integral and important component of the module. Lectures (English), seminars (Dutch or English), work groups (Dutch or English, voluntary), microscopy practicals (Dutch or English, obligatory). COO-lessons: diagnostics and therapy in English, both are voluntary; infection control only in Dutch, obligatory for Dutch students.

Assessment method

Written examination with mostly extended matching questions covering all five themes, multiple choice questions and one open question (exam is in Dutch for Dutch students; in English for international students). Use of books, notes, PDA or computer is not allowed.

Reading list

Ryan and Ray, Sherris Medical Microbiology. 5th edition. Mc Graw-Hill, 2010.

Information for exchange students

This module is part of English taught trimester of the bachelor’s programme in Medicine at Leiden University Medical Center. Combining medical modules with modules from other programmes in Leiden is difficult or impossible due to different scheduling schemes. Exchange students with sufficient relevant background knowledge in medicine/biology/biomedicine are therefore encouraged and advised to choose the entire module package indicated below. This semester starts in week 5 and finishes at the end of week 13. It is possible to continue with a research project after the courses end.

  • Immunology, 4 EC

  • General Pathology II, 4 EC

  • Infectious Diseases, 4 EC