Health Protection and Epidemiology Training

Hitchhikers Guide to Microbiology
Location to be confirmed Duration to be confirmed Price to be confirmed

Course overview

The course will take you on journey through the fascinating world of microbes and introduce you to types, diversity and key factors for their control. No previous microbiology experience is needed. Individuals attending the course will acquire knowledge of all aspect of basic microbiology, understanding the theory behind the practicals and have essential text for future reference.


Who will benefit?

This is an ideal course for anyone who needs an appreciation of microbiology as well as those for venturing into a world of microbiology for the first time and those requiring a "refresher". No previous experience is needed.



Using plain English this one day course will introduce the delegate to the world of microbiology providing a basic understanding of microbes and viruses, what they are and the diseases they cause, laboratory diagnostics and hands on practical experience.


Course content

  • Introduction to the world of germs: what they are and the diseases they cause
  • What DNA is? How it passes on messages and how it is used in the laboratory to diagnose infections.
  • The world of Viruses: who, what, where and why (common and rare infections)
  • Problems with antibiotic resistance i.e. "super bugs".
  • Germs in the kitchen (The good and bad of food microbiology)
  • Practical: have a go at some safe practical microbiology gain an understanding of what happens to specimens; see the "invisible" invaders using the Electron microscope and see how well you wash your hands.


For further information please contact:

Gloria Wilson
Education and Training Coordinator
Direct Line: 0208 327 7808

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