Cluster 7
Biomedical Sciences



Core Course (4 Weeks)

Medical & Veterinary Responses to Infectious Diseases

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites far outnumber the human and animal inhabitants of planet earth. Most of these microbes are innocent grazers and bystanders and generally do us no harm. Some are even beneficial like those used in making bread, yogurt, cheese, etc. Those that cause disease, although in the minority, occupy a large part of a physician’s or a veterinarian’s professional career. This course will provide hands-on experience in identifying and characterizing disease-causing agents of humans and animals. Students will play the role of doctor, veterinarian, or research scientist in learning the diagnosis and treatment of selected infectious agents. Students will read X-rays, study anatomy and pathology specimens, observe surgical procedures, and learn how antibiotics work and observe their effect on pathogens. Typical field trips include visits and tours of the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, the UC Davis Medical Hospital, the Primate Center, Raptor Center, Equine Center, the Center for Companion Animal Health, and the Center for Comparative Medicine. Guest speakers representing the broad diversity of specialty careers within these professions will present talks and answer questions.

Supplementary Courses (2 Weeks Each)

Veterinary Medicine

Infectious diseases of importance in veterinary medicine will be investigated. Students will participate in diagnosing, identifying, and determining the proper management and treatment of these pathogens. In addition, students will demonstrate microbiology techniques used in clinical laboratory diagnostics with hands on participation. Students will tackle actual clinical case projects combining anatomy, pathology, radiology, and infectious diseases.

Human Medicine

This course will focus on infectious disease agents of the human host. Students will utilize and refine the techniques described in supplementary course B1 with exposure to differences and similarities used in human medicine diagnostics and treatment regimes for pathogens. Students will create a life size human subject determined by measuring a single bone from the human body. The students will also draw to scale the circulatory system, digestive tract, and vital organs.


Modified 2014-01-16