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Microbiology for Allied Health Students

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Molly Smith

Sara Selby

Pub Date: 2017

Publisher: University System of Georgia

Language: English

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Reviewed by Penny Powell, Master Instructor, ULL on 11/4/19

This book covers all the information that needs to be covered for a one semester non-majors microbiology course that allied health students need. read more


Reviewed by Eddie Johnson, Professor of Human Biology, Central Oregon Community College on 6/20/19

This textbook extensively covers microbial life, and infections and diseases in humans (and other lifeforms). Each chapter thoroughly describes its aspect of microbiology, from microbial genetics, to acellular and cellular microbes, to defenses... read more


Reviewed by Emma Chaput, Associate Professor of Biology, Central Oregon Community College on 6/14/19

This text contains topics that are most appropriate for the target population, undergraduate allied health majors. I particularly like that the ASM (American Society of Microbiology) recommended curriculum guidelines are listed the text chapters... read more


Reviewed by Raj Nathaniel, Professor, Nicholls State University on 5/1/19

This textbook is designed for undergraduate allied health majors and is appropriately written for this audience. The topics covered are in sufficient detail and are grouped well as described in the table of contents. read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: An Invisible World
  • Chapter 2: The Cell
  • Chapter 3: The Eukaryotes of Microbiology
  • Chapter 4: Acellular Pathogens
  • Chapter 5: Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity
  • Chapter 6: Innate Nonspecific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 7: Adaptive Specific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 8: Diseases of the Immune System
  • Chapter 9: Control of Microbial Growth
  • Chapter 10: Antimicrobial Drugs
  • Chapter 11: Disease and Epidemiology
  • Chapter 12: Skin and Eye Infections
  • Chapter 13: Respiratory System Infections
  • Chapter 14: Urogenital System Infections
  • Chapter 15: Digestive System Infections
  • Chapter 16: Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections
  • Chapter 17: Nervous System Infections
  • Chapter 18: Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics

Appendix A: Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry Important to Microbiology

Appendix B: Mathematical Basics

Appendix C: Glossary

About the Book

Microbiology for Allied Health Students is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements for the single semester Microbiology course for non-majors and allied health students. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of Microbiology for Allied Health Students make the material interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter.

The scope and sequence of Microbiology for Allied Health Students has been developed and vetted with input from numerous instructors at institutions across the U.S. It is designed to meet the needs of most microbiology courses allied health students.

With these objectives in mind, the content of this textbook has been arranged in a logical progression from fundamental to more advanced concepts. The opening chapters present an overview of the discipline, with individual chapters focusing on cellular biology as well as each of the different types of microorganisms and the various means by which we can control and combat microbial growth. The focus turns to microbial pathogenicity, emphasizing how interactions between microbes and the human immune system contribute to human health and disease. The last several chapters of the text provide a survey of medical microbiology, presenting the characteristics of microbial diseases organized by body system.

About the Contributors


Molly Smith, South Georgia State University

Sara Selby, South Georgia State University