Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Course Descriptions


The following is a list of specific Microbiology and Immunology course descriptions. Please see the First Year Program in Biomedical Sciences for other required courses as well as the other graduate program pages for elective options.


MIC 623 – Mechanisms of Microbial Virulence

This course will focus on the mechanisms employed by bacterial and viral pathogens to produce disease in animals and humans. The course is divided into two, three-week modules. The first module will cover bacterial pathogens with an emphasis on the bacteria-host cell interaction. Specific topics will include: bacterial attachment and invasion of eukaryotic cells, virulence gene regulation, secretion of virulence factors, bacterial toxins and obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens. The second module will cover viruses and human viral diseases with an emphasis on viral replication, gene expression, virus-host cell interactions and viral oncology. Classes will consist of a mixture of lectures and discussions of recent or classic papers. There will be two exams.

MIC 711 – Accelerated Basic Science Medical Curriculum

Transfer for graduate credit of basic science medical course work for individuals enrolled in combined degree MD /PhD program. Note that future of these credits is under discussion in light of the PIBS 701 waiver for combined degree students.

MIC 728 – Principles of Immunology

This team-taught course will present immunological concepts and reasoning in immunological research. The course is divided into 7 weekly modules. Each module has a common theme and consists of 3 lectures on immunological concepts and one session where students present and discuss a research paper related to the theme of each module. The paper discussion session will include use of disease models as a portal to understand the function of immune system in health and disease. The module topics are: (1) lymphoid cell development, (2) antigen recognition, (3) initiation of immune responses, (4) T lymphocyte effector development t and function, (5) T cell immunity versus tolerance, (6) B cell immunity, and (7) innate immunity. There will be one exam following the first four modules and the second exam after the remaining three modules.

MIC 751 – Advanced Topics in Immunology

Selected topics in immunobiology will be discussed addressing the contemporary issues and questions regarding the development, regulation, and function of the immune system.

MIC 755 – Infectious Agents and the Immune System

This course is intended to explore, at an advanced level, central themes relevant to the biology of microbial pathogens. Topics will focus on the microbiology of viral and bacterial systems and emphasize interactions with eukaryotic hosts. Microbial physiology will also be covered as it relates to pathogenesis and discussions will consider virulence mechanisms taking into account interactions at the cell systems, cellular, and sub-cellular levels.

MIC 775 – Advanced Microbiology and Immunology

This course will explore in depth the current and advanced concepts and topics in selected areas of Microbiology and Immunology. The classes will consist of a mixture of lectures and discussions of recent research articles. Besides covering recent advances and cutting edge experimental approaches in cellular and molecular immunology and microbiology, this course will also expose students to the emerging concepts and themes that integrate the disciplines of immunology, microbiology and virology. Prerequisite is MIC 728

MIC 780 – Research Ethics

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts stipulates that Institutions receiving support for National Research Service Award Training Grants are required to develop a program in the principles of Scientific Integrity. This program should be an integral part of the proposed training effort. The University of Miami, School of Medicine has chosen to respond to this requirement with this course. This course must be taken during the first semester in the Department or Program.

MIC 799 – Advanced Topics

Subject matter offerings based upon student demand and availability of faculty.

MIC 810 – Masters Thesis

The student working on his/her master’s thesis enrolls for credit, in most departments not to exceed six, as determined by his/her advisor. Credit is not awarded until the thesis has been accepted.

MIC 820 – Research in Residence

Research in residence for masters level thesis.

MIC 830 – Dissertation Research-Pre-Candidacy

Required for all PhD candidates. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies but not less than a total of 24. No more than 12 hours of research may be taken in a regular semester, and no more than six in a summer session.

MIC 840 – Doctoral Dissertation-Post Candidacy

Required for all PhD candidates. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

MIC 850 – Research in Residence

Student must be registered in the semester they plan to defend. Used to establish research in residence for the PhD after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research. Credit is not granted. Student may be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.