Short course

Applications of Genomics in Infectious Disease

This course will provide an insight into the intersection of genomics and infectious disease, where you will investigate diagnostic accuracy, treatment efficacy, and disease control. Studying the global impact and transmission routes of infectious diseases will help you understand how genomics plays a crucial role.

Start date
22-24 April and 2-3 May 2024
5 days
Home - £1000 International - £1830
Postgraduate Microcredential
15 credits


The aim of this microcredential is that the student will understand how genomics can be used to improve diagnostic accuracy, predict which drugs are likely to be more effective in individual patients and contribute to the monitoring, treatment and control of infectious disease in individuals and populations.

Modern high-throughput sequencing methodologies can provide unprecedented specificity for diagnosing infectious diseases and tracking the spread of an outbreak. Following introductory lectures about the global burden and transmission routes of infectious diseases, you will learn about the basic biology and genomics of bacteria, fungi and viruses, features associated with pathogenicity, the basis for antibiotic susceptibility and the problem of antibiotic resistance. Clinical examples discussed will include tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus, Salmonella and Ebola.

Microcredential Content

  • Infection as a cause of national and global morbidity and mortality.
  • Transmission of human infections: person to person, food and waterborne, sexually transmitted, and vector borne.
  • Prokaryotes: their genome, replication and population genetics.
  • Genomic characterisation of viruses: DNA and RNA genomes, single-stranded, double-stranded and segmented.
  • Genomic comparisons of microbial strains in the context of outbreaks, and transmissions in hospitals and the community.
  • Laboratory diagnosis, including current genomic techniques and technologies, and appropriate sample type; analysis and interpretation of genomic data, and the role of bioinformatics; and awareness of standardised nomenclature.
  • Anti-infective drug action.
  • Mutation rate and drug resistance.
  • Genomic evidence of individual susceptibility to specific infection.
  • Role of genomics in: infectious disease diagnosis, prognosis, drug selection, resistance, monitoring, epidemic control and drug research.

Microcredential Leads 

Dr Michael Cox (Assistant Professor in the Respiratory Microbiome)
Dr Andrew Bell (Lecturer in Cancer and Genomic Sciences)

Microcredential Prerequisites

This microcredential can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course.  

You should have a good honours degree in a life sciences subject, although we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and professional experience within the health service or other relevant background. You should either take Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics  and Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine first, or be able to show you have equivalent knowledge and understanding to enable you to benefit from this microcredential. 

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