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Department of Medical Microbiology

Chair of Department
Dr. Scolastica BwogoKorir
About Us

Message From Chair

Infectious diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in developing countries. The increasing incidence of microbial infections is compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections. Laboratory investigation provides information about identifying aetiologic agents and the in-vitro activity of antimicrobial drugs against the specific micro-organisms. The aim of medical microbiology department is to increase human resource capacity in microbiology by providing high quality training and research in aetiology, pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Overview / Introduction

The department of Medical Microbiology situated in Siriba, opposite the Maseno University hospital has four academic staff and two technical staff with a well-equipped laboratory purposely for teaching and research.

The department provides training in both theoretical and practical aspects of courses in Medical Microbiology and parasitology including the transmission, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of pathogens of public health importance, and the host response to this diverse range of pathogens. The medical Microbiology discipline covers bacteriology, virology, and mycology. Parasitology covers the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them, while immunology deals with host-agent interactions, between man and infectious agents.

These courses will equip students with skills that will enable them to pursue global health careers in health care facilities and research institutions. 

Our Vision:

To provide high-quality training and research in etiology, pathogenesis, and laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Our Mission: 

To contribute to the improvement of clinical care and public health through pursuit of excellence in training and research in the diagnosis, management, and control of infectious diseases.

Quality Objectives

By the end of the course, students should be able to 

Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Describe the basic criteria used in the classification of these micro-organisms, their modes of transmission, life cycles, mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, and the outcomes of infections. 

Execute a range of basic laboratory diagnostic practicals for bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections.

Demonstrate knowledge of biology and strategies for control of the vectors and intermediate hosts of human parasites, and basic principles of host immunity to infection against the diverse range of pathogens that affect human populations.  

Programs Offered

Medical Microbiology is a service department for the Schools of Medicine and Nursing programmes, where the following courses are taught: Medical Microbiology, Medical Parasitology and Entomology and Basic Immunology and Immunochemistry. All these courses are taught through lecture series; student presentations; tutorials and practical sessions

Medical Microbiology

It is a discipline within the Department of Medical Microbiology taught to undergraduate Medical and Nursing students in their second year of study. The course is subdivided in to Bacteriology taught in semester one, Mycology and Virology taught in semester two. This course aims at equipping the students with knowledge on epidemiology, biology  characterization, pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis of bacteria, fungi and viruses of medical importance.

Medical Parasitology and Entomology

This course is taught to undergraduate Medical and Nursing students in years two and one of their studies respectively. The course covers protozoology, helminthology and entomology subdisciplines. Protozoology and helminthology acquaint the students with knowledge on epidemiology, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, prevention and control of protozoans and helminthes of medical importance. While entomology deals with the study of vectors which transmit these parasites to humans.

Basic Immunology and Immunochemistry

This course enables the students to correlate the components of the immune system and their defense mechanisms, antibody dependent and antibody dependent effector mechanisms against infectious agents and parasitic infestations and the evasion mechanisms of pathogens