MBI 111 – Microorganisms and Human Disease
Section B (11384) Lecture MWF 4:10 – 5:00 PM, Room 128 Pearson Hall
Instructor: Deborah Phillips, M.S., Ed.D.
37 Pearson Hall
Office hours: MWF 1-2 PM, TR 11 AM -noon
Microbiology Department Office: 32 Pearson Hall, (513)529-5422
Textbook: Cowan, Marjorie Kelly, and Kathleen Park Talaro. 2009. Microbiology: A Systems
Ed. McGraw-Hill, New York.
3 undergraduate credits. Discussion of microorganisms and human diseases
they cause, with particular emphasis on the impact of these relationships on the development of
human societies—past, present, and future. May not be used to fulfill B.A. requirements for
Course Objectives: This course introduces you, the student, to the world of organisms that are for
the most part unseen by the unaided eye. You will learn what they are and do, how they function,
and how they participate in causing diseases. The relationship between host and pathogen will be
studied. Other topics that will be explored include the impact of these organisms on history, their
importance to your present life, and how they may affect humans in the future.
Microorganisms and Human Disease is designed to give you exposure to health/disease practices
employed by humans across time and geography. Much of the course will focus on diseases,
including their etiology, symptoms, treatment, environmental factors, and possible prevention.
The epidemiology of the disease will be examined so that you will gain an understanding of how
the disease is communicated to other individuals. The historical perspective of diseases will be
addressed, including the progress of treatment protocols. You, as a student, will be encouraged to
think critically throughout the exploration of this information, so that by tracing the process of
solving certain problems, thoughtful methods may be discovered for solving other problems.
This course will also examine how diseases impact the lives of individuals and their communities.
Included will be discussion of different ways of knowing and ways of thinking that will affect the
manner in which individuals and communities approach diseases and their treatment. You are expected
to reflect upon your own ways of thinking and knowing, and how these may agree or conflict with those
This course provides many opportunities for personal involvement. One notable opportunity for such
engagement will be the oral and written reports. Also the brief writing responses will encourage your
ongoing personal involvement in the course. Opportunities for engaging with other students through
discussion and sharing information will be available, although in the large lecture setting, this is
challenging. You are encouraged to participate fully in the process. Not only will it provide a chance for
you to get to know your fellow students in the course, but your participation will also enrich the