Microbiology provides an interface between academic molecular biology and real world applications in public health and the environment. The Microbiology Unit is housed within the Department of Environmental Health and the faculty have research interests and expertise that cover all aspects of the interactions of microorganisms with humans, animals and the environment, including the molecular basis of diseases and antibiotics, food and eater microbiology, surveillance of viral and bacterial diseases of interest and afflicting Jazan region. The Microbiology unit include basic bacteriology teaching and research laboratories and molecular biology laboratory. Virology laboratory, immunology as well as parasitology laboratories are completion. The microbiology unit is equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment for teaching and research.
Three individual microbiology courses includingPublic Health Biology 2 ( 212 EPI), Microbiology (341) and Parasitology 351 (ENV) are taught in the department of Environmental Health within the microbiology unit. These three courses including lectures and practical lessons are designed to provide anin depth understanding of fundamental microbiology and infectious diseases as well as recent advances in microbiology to undergraduate public health students. These courses focus on public health microbiology to provide protection to human populations and community against microbial diseases.Microbiology for public health is a cross-cutting area that spans the fields of human, animal, food, water, and environmental microbiology, with a focus on human health and disease. The courses will provide basics and advanced up-to-the date understanding in microbiology for public health including understanding the biological mechanisms of infectious diseases prevention and progression. These coursesare designed to assist students to improve their skills in the area of microbial pathogenesis, microbial genetics, molecular microbiology, parasitology, viral diseases, immunology, zoonotic, vector borne, foodborne and waterborne diseases. In addition, the courses will also assist students to understand the laboratory skills used in detecting, identifying, culturing, characterizing and surveillance of infectious agents.Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a solid microbiological information foundation suitable for future educational and career endeavors in the areas of public health. The outcomes of successful completion of these courses are highly imperative and play central role in detection, monitoring, outbreak response, and providing scientific evidence to prevent and control infectious diseases.